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Joy Comes in the Morning…


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So many thoughts have been running through my head lately. With all that has been going on, each day is a new adventure. I’ve gone from lowest of lows, to highest of highs some days. Others are just mediocre. But each day, I am fully aware of my need for a Savior. Never before have I seen Him so clearly.


It is true He uses trials for our good.

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance
James 1:2-3
Realizing this week that you can’t understand peace until you have had turmoil…
You can’t understand joy until you have had pain…
You can’t understand contentment until you have had want…
You can’t understand hope until you have experienced despair…

God truly works all things for good.  He is using the low times to accentuate the highs…

He is using the trials to test my faith.
And then there’s Abraham. Oh, Abraham. We have been studying him quite a bit this year and I am continually blown away by his faith. Not only to have God fulfill His promise to have a son, and to have him in his old age, but then to trust the Lord enough to obey when he was told to sacrifice that very son he had waited for his whole life. The one God promised. Yet He knew God would work. He trusted fully. Completely. Without doubt. Even when it seemed an incredible task.
Then the beauty. The very beauty of God going in to provide the lamb in Isaac’s place. Oh, and the symbolism with Jesus taking our place. The sacrificial lamb. I trembled as I read the story and soaked it in.  I tremble as I type these words. I cry tears of awe at my Savior. He stepped in, even when humanly impossible.

“So Abraham called that place The Lord Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.”
Genesis 22:14
God is working through our current trial. I could never be as close to Him if it weren’t for this trial, and that is enough for me to walk through it with my head held high, waiting for Him to step in…
“You have turned for me my mourning into dancing;
    you have loosed my sackcloth
    and clothed me with gladness,
 that my glory may sing your praise and not be silent.
    O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever!”
Psalm 30:11-12
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