The Joy of the Lord is My Strength

I Choose Joy……….

I choose joy in the face of unanswered prayers. imageI choose joy in the midst of an uncertain tomorrow. I choose joy in my loneliness. I choose joy when the darkness of grief and unhappiness overwhelm me. I choose joy when the world around me chooses violence and hate. I choose joy when others choose to hurt with their words and their actions. I choose joy when I feel the sting of rejection. I choose joy when I just don’t understand.

Why do I choose joy?

Because by making the conscious choice, I do not rely on the circumstances of my life to dictate my happiness. By choosing joy, I follow the commandments of my Lord to point others to Him. By choosing joy, I show love, mercy, respect, grace. By choosing joy, I live in the light rather than the darkness. By choosing joy, I walk by faith and not by sight.

Most of all, by choosing joy….. I trust there is a God who is greater than whatever I am facing at the moment.  I say to those around me, I believe in His unconditional love, and I will live in the midst of that love – JOYFULLY!

The Lord is my strength……. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise Him. Psalms 28:7

Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.  Nehemiah 8:10b

Selah

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About Tina Swaggerty Collins

Tina currently serves on staff at Ball Camp Baptist Church. A music graduate of Carson-Newman College, Tina has been active in church music ministry for over 30 years and is an ordained minister. She is the mother to two amazing grown children, who still allow her to be a nurturing mom from time to time. Her blog is an invitation to step into her life as a mom, a minister and a follower.
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