Want JOY?

How many have sown tears in the last year? Surely there’s a harvest of JOY coming!!!

Me. Me. Me. In my life I have sown bountifully in tears. Tears of failure. Tears of sadness and regret. Tears of fear and anguish and despair.

Tears of surrender.

How about you?n the last year, I’ve begun to reap in JOY. Tears of joy. Lately, it seems the tears suddenly bubble up from a deep place. Like a tiny seed, after rooting deep in the soil, sends a green shoot through the crust of earth, these tears erupt through my eyes and down my face.

In the last year, though, I’ve begun to reap in JOY. Tears of joy.

Lately, it seems the tears suddenly bubble up from a deep place. Like a tiny seed, after rooting deep in the soil, sends a green shoot through the crust of earth, these tears erupt through my eyes and down my face.

These deep tears pouring forth are a refreshing. They’re tears of relief. Tears that wash fear and doubt away. They cleanse my soul.

Purification.

My words for 2021 are watch/weep/whisper and I think I’m beginning to understand.

The more I watch what God is doing all around me, the more I weep over the recognition He’s heard every single one of my prayers for help.

The more I weep over what I’m watching Him do, the more I whisper my thanksgiving to my Good Good God. He is my Shepherd and I shall not be in want.

And now, God, do it again— bring rains to our drought-stricken lives So those who planted their crops in despair will shout hurrahs at the harvest, So those who went off with heavy hearts will come home laughing, with armloads of blessing. 

Psalm 126:4‭-‬6 MSG

I give thanks to You, my God, for You are good and Your steadfast love endures forever!

Thank you, Father, for letting me live to experience this great harvest of JOY. Hear, o Lord, my songs and whispers and shouts of JOY as I receive Your great harvest. I will testify of Your greatness and love. You alone are good and worthy of all praise!

Amen.

Eyes on Jesus and Shine,

~Lisa

A One Word Ponder: bittersweet

Recently I joined a small group of women for five weeks of pondering sessions through the Biblical book of Ruth and my devotional book 31 Days of Gleaning with Ruth: questioning my way through a famine season was our discussion guide.  My devotional book used a list of 31 words and each word was the topic from which each daily devotional was written.  At the same time, the book of Ruth was the subject matter for study in God’s Word.

It’s an interesting concept.  I hope you might purchase a copy for your summer reading and ask a couple of friends to join you in a discussion group.

At the end of our five weeks together, we joined in fellowship around a table to share a meal and discuss some of our gleanings from our time together.  One woman suggested that we continue together through the summer by writing creatively on one word.  She asked if I would be willing to send out ‘a word’ a week for each of us to ponder and write about.

Obviously, I said, “Of course, I would love to do this summer creative writing with y’all!”  And here we are with our first word:

bittersweet

I’m going to set my timer for five minutes and see how far I get with this one word prompt today.  Don’t be afraid to try.  Do it scared, I say!  Come on jump in.  You’ll like it!

He who is full loathes honey, but to the hungry even what is bitter tastes sweet.

Proverbs 27:7 NIV

It is the maddening month of May as a good friend calls this beautiful spring month in the south. If you have children who are school age or have any association with schools you probably know what she means by the maddening month of May.

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