Friday, April 29, 2011

Joy Comes in the Morning

I lie down and sleep;
I wake again, 
because the Lord sustains me.
Psalm 3:5

God is so good! 

The past few days have been really rough for me and Wednesday I had finally had enough.  I just let loose and poured out my heart to God.  Through many tears, I wrote yesterday post, I Quit!  

But God's Word says, "Weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning." (Ps. 30:5)  Today I am rejoicing because God said to me:

My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.

Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, 
so that Christ's power may rest on me.
That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, 
in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. 
For when I am weak, then I am strong.
2 Corinthians 12:9,10 (emphasis mine)

I've been trying for way too long to be strong in my abilities.  Sometimes that works.  But most of the time it doesn't, because I'm not talented enough, smart enough, or strong enough.  I am weak. 

But God is strong.

When I allow God to fill me with His power, then I am strong - stronger than I could ever be on my own.  That is why I can say:

Whatever I have,
wherever I am,
I can make it through anything 
in the One who makes me who I am.
Philippians 4:13, The Message


Which side of the line are you on?  Is it the nighttime with weeping?  Remember, even at night the sun is still shining; we just can't see it.  During the night, the SON is still shining.  God is there and morning is coming.  

The sun is coming.  Joy is coming.  Hold on, the SON is coming!

Hallelujah, our God reigns!

12 comments:

  1. Love the verse and song that says Hold on my child, Joy comes in the morning. Weeping may endure for the night. Have had to pray many times asking for His joy. It is joy in spite of our circumstances. Have prayed for God to restore the joy of my salvation. He is the source of joy. That joy leads to praise and worship. The bad circumstances fade in our joy, praise and worship! Debbie

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  2. Even at night the SON is shining indeed. It reminds of a God whisper I had several months ago. He reminded me that morning always come. Blessings to you Lisa and thanks for allowing us to partake of the ups and downs of your journey with Jesus.

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  3. I am so thankful for His joy! I am so thankful for new mercies and a new morning. Praise God that He never leaves us nor forsakes us and that He will be there for us to rest on.

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  4. Your post made me grateful...all over again for the hope we have in Him. I wouldn't trade THAT HOPE for anything!

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  5. Oh how he loves us beyond all measure, he rolled the stone away so we could truly see how great his love is, for us. Richard

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  6. Love the translation from the Message! I'm gonna use that one for sure. God is made perfect in our weakness!

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  7. Well, I am on the side of the the nighttime with weeping! This is a not so pleasant season for me. I am doing my best to remember that the SON is still shining and He is there to hold me up. I know joy is coming...I know there is a plan and a purpose for all of this. I know I will make it through...

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  8. Amen Lisa! <3 Traci @ Ordinary Inspirations

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  9. Lisa,


    Joy comes in the morning, I love that line. I am so glad to have to met you, I am feeling exactly what you are and it is always better to go through a night of weeping with a friend, as well as celebrate the joys of the morning.

    Blessings to you my friend.

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  10. Lisa... I jumped over to yesterday's blog before I finished reading this one and quoted the same 2 Cor. verse in the comments... loved coming back over here to find that you quoted that very verse in this post! Love the way He turns us around... Hallelujah, our God reigns! Have a peace-filled weekend dear friend!

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  11. I am so blessed by your blog, and glad God led me heart. Brokeness is beautiful when it draws us closer to Him, yes?

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  12. Great reminder - we gain so much when we actively submit to His power. Thanks!

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