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The Joy-Giver


Some weeks can be stressful ones. I know both my husband and I have felt that stress this week. My husband is in the middle of a highly visible project, feeling the pressure to get things done on time and to also keep his fellow workers on task. I have been stressed over our coming move. Yes, it’s only across town, but there’s still so much to be done in the next couple weeks. We’ve both fond ourselves caught up in the temporal, instead of focusing on the eternal, which is so easy to do, isn’t it?

Last night we both fell in bed and went right to sleep, neglecting to pray or do our devotions together, which is an oddity for us. We rarely neglect to do this. But I could feel the difference this morning. I felt that something had to be done, or we were both going to head into today with rotten attitudes. And so we prayed together. It only took a minute or two, but tears of relief came to my eyes when we were through. There’s nothing like covering your spouse in prayer. It’s so refreshing, and puts such a different slant on the day.

As I was reading one of my daily devotional blogs, I was struck by the words of one dear lady in particular. She wrote, “My joy can only be stolen if I let it be stolen.” How true, and how in line with what I’ve been feeling this week. I have been going along, feeling sorry for myself, and letting the stresses of life replace the joy that I have in Christ. Instead of living each moment for my Lord, I’ve been living from one task to the next, and grumbling when anyone was less than courteous to me. Praying with my husband this morning was a nice wake-up call, and reading these words from a devotional friend was the icing on the cake.

It truly does start with my attitude, each and every day. Life in the military can be stressful. My husband’s job asks a lot from him, and moving, even across down, is not all roses and sunshine. Just the same, if I bring my focus back to my Lord and Savoir, the ultimate joy giver, today and every day will be just a tiny bit brighter.

  • “But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you” (Psalm 5:11 NIV)

  • “We will shout for joy when you are victorious and will lift up our banners in the name of our God. May the LORD grant all your requests” (Psalm 20:5 NIV)

  • “The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song” (Psalm 28:7 NIV)

  • “You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy” (Psalm 30:11 NIV)

  • “Sing joyfully to the LORD, you righteous; it is fitting for the upright to praise him” (Psalm 33:11 NIV)