Lord is saying: Do not be afraid. Have I not said I will never
leave you nor forsake you. Forget the past.... tomorrow will take
care of itself..... Walk with me in the present. Here is where
your joy and your peace is. Right now, the eternal now.... is
where you will see.... All is Well!!!!
Entering into the
Joy of the Lord
God's love and joy is a mighty river
that flows from His heart towards us.
He longs for a people who will understand
how He laughs at the giants and the walls of Jericho because they
are just the means of showing His great strength and power and
love and mercy towards these little people He has chosen. And
that nothing is impossible to Him.
When I was a young Christian I asked
my lovely friend Carol who introduced me to Jesus, if I would
never have to go through hardship again? I was on cloud nine with
the joy of the Lord. She replied that I would go through the same
things the world goes through but now it would all work to my
good and God's glory
We know that all things work together for good for those who love
God, who are called according to his purpose. (NRSV)
One of the first things God taught me, (and keeps having to remind
me) was that I was requred to thank in all things.
1 Th 5:18] In everything
give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning
For years and years I did not understand
that but whenever I remembered I would thank even in bad situations,
not understanding why God would want this of me.
The Father laughed
One Easter Saturday a few years ago,
I had taken my husband's car into town to get a prescription from
the chemist. Arriving back to the car, on opening the door to
get in, I noticed a man in the car next to mine trying to get
my attention. I asked him what was the matter. He indicated that
I had a clamp on my wheel and mustn't try to drive the car. It
soon became apparent that this man was the culprit. I knew that
I hadn't got the money to pay him and that I needed to hand over
£70 before he would unclamp my husband's car. The man would
not unclamp me and kept telling me to ring my husband, I knew
that this was out of the question. He would be furious. I didn't
dare tell him. By this time I was getting frantic, I was stuck.
I turned, leant on the car, and looked up to the sky. Suddenly
I had an image in my mind's eye of the Father laughing. I couldn't
believe it. He was laughing and here was I in this impossible
situation. I heard the man behind me ask me "So what are
you going to do?". As I turned towards the young man, I heard
myself saying loudly and with great boldness, "The Lord has
never let me down before, He won't let me down this time".
Again he asked me "So what are you going to do then ?".
I replied again, even more vehemently "The Lord has never
let me down before, He will not let me down this time". This
went on for a few minutes. The young man seemed to calm down.
"Well", he replied "He hasn't let you down this
time either!!. God's been good to me this week". He got out
of his car and unclamped me.!!! Can you believe it!! I couldn't
help it..... I just hugged the man and went on my way praising
The Father loves and laughs at impossible situations.