Overcoming Sadness with Joy From the Lord

Sabbath blessings! I hope you are having a wonderful day. It is so nice to have a day of rest. I try my best to not do too much on Saturdays. The Lord is so good to give us mamas a day of rest!

Today I thought I would share a bit of my Bible reading with you.

And in that day you will say:

“O Lord, I will praise You;
Though You were angry with me,
Your anger is turned away, and You comfort me.
Behold, God is my salvation,
I will trust and not be afraid;
‘For Yah, the Lord, is my strength and song;
He also has become my salvation.’ ”

Therefore with joy you will draw water
From the wells of salvation.

And in that day you will say:

“Praise the Lord, call upon His name;
Declare His deeds among the peoples,
Make mention that His name is exalted.
Sing to the Lord,
For He has done excellent things;
This is known in all the earth.
Cry out and shout, O inhabitant of Zion,
For great is the Holy One of Israel in your midst!”

Isaiah 12:1-6

This is such an encouraging portion of Scripture. I can’t wait for the day when all is restored on this earth!

While it is all meaningful and important, this little portion stood out to me: Therefore with joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.

I am coming out of a season of sadness. I hate to say that. Uh, I really do. As a child of God, I should have known that my joy comes from the Lord. Well, I “knew” it, but I guess I didn’t fully believe it. A personal situation knocked the wind out of my sails, and I was left questioning everything.

I might write about the sadness I felt later. I’m not sure. I guess I’m not sure if I was clinically depressed, but I was spiraling in that direction. And now I can see beyond my feelings. I have had a really good month or so without the sense of hopelessness I had been feeling. Now, I can’t promise that I will always respond with joy if something “new” happens regarding the scenario that I’m facing. But I’ve realized that I need to be fully rooted in Christ every day. I need to trust that the Lord’s love for me is so great, that if I’m walking in His will everything that happens to me is for my good.

I need to remember that my joy comes from God’s deep wells of salvation. This salvation is for you today too, friend.

For too long I based my feelings of joy on family dynamics. But I shouldn’t have done that. Children will grow up. Sometimes they will make bad choices. We live in a sinful world, and I can’t choose the right path for them. I can’t choose if they speak to me or not. Nearly two years without hearing a voice is a long time.

Goodness, I’m tearing up just thinking about it. But, God. He is here, offering His deep wells of salvation to me. What love! He will never leave me or forsake me. What faithfulness!

I’ve realized that a deep walk of obedience is what I need to remain in the joy of the Lord. I want His thoughts to be my thoughts. I need Him so much, friends.

I hope this portion of Scripture blesses you like it has me today. Please have a lovely weekend with your families!

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