Are you been in that spot where you are looking for answers but can’t seem to find any?

There I was in that very spot, trying to make things happen, and being completely frustrated when I came across this verse….

This is what the SovereignLord,
    the Holy One of Israel, says:
“Only in returning to me
    and resting in me will you be saved.
In quietness and confidence is your strength.”

Isaiah 30:15

 

The morning I read that verse I had no idea that it would be a day where I would encounter an obstacle at every turn.  Nothing seemed to go the right way. It was the culmination of several days where I thought I just needed to work harder, work smarter, and push through. I was determined to make things come together. But, it wasn’t happening.

 

The beauty of a divine appointment - JoyDay!

 

I’m blessed to be in an online group with women of deep faith, we support each other in our business endeavors and more.   That evening we were group messaging about various topics. At one point I shared my challenge with these gals and one suggested that I step away… take time away… rest.

Those words immediately reminded me of the scripture I had read that morning…

 

In quietness and confidence is your strength - Scripture QUOTE from Isaiah 30

 

“Only in returning to me
    and resting in me will you be saved.
In quietness and confidence is your strength.”

You might think that my immediate response would be to choose rest.  To take a vacation.  Instead, there was no question in my heart and mind, I knew exactly what I needed to do… get up extra early the next morning and simply be quiet with the Lord.

That doesn’t sound like rest, does it?  God’s ways are sometimes a bit upside down.  The rest He was desiring for me was not a vacation, though I would very much LOVE to take a vacation to someplace beautiful and warm. God wanted me to find rest in Him.

Usually, I get up and start my scripture and devotional reading first thing.  This wasn’t going to be business as usual.  I needed to recenter… recalibrate.

So that next morning I did exactly that.  I sat in the quiet of those wee hours with a pen and notepad handy and did absolutely nothing other than to invite the Lord to sit with me.  All the answers I had been seeking didn’t come.  But, I did pick up that pen and jot down a few inspired thoughts as they came.    After some time passed, I began praying and thanking God for His goodness, greatness, and presence in my life.  It was such a good start to my day.

Trusting God and being quiet with Him… it’s so good.  It is rest for our spirits.

When we are quiet with Him and rest in Him… we get outside of ourselves.  When I get past the… me, myself, and I… it’s then I’m more open to God and HIS ways over mine and I am much more at peace.

 

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What is it that you’re struggling with?

God doesn’t want you to keep struggling and wasting needless energy without results.

He wants you to spend time with Him… alone... and to trust Him.

It may be hard to make the time.  Getting up really early when I haven’t been sleeping well is a challenge.  And yet, once I followed through, I actually felt more rested.  God honors us when we stretch ourselves to connect with Him… to be obedient to what He’s calling us to do.

Carving out a time of real quiet usually happens best in the early morning hours.

If you haven’t done this… try it.

It’s a divine appointment.

It’s an appointment that God has already made… he is waiting to meet with you.

The answers you’re seeking might come.  But, even if they don’t… you will have started your day with the ONE who creates the day.  Because you choose to begin the day in this special way with Him you can be sure your day will be off to a great start!

 

 

Divine Appointment - JoyDay!

 

It’s JoyDay!

And time to get our joy meters soaring!

Please join me in thinking back over the past week and counting seven things for which you are thankful.  This simple exercise of counting and giving thanks together in this space is something we do each week to reset our compasses and put our eyes back on the Lord.

I’ll start…

Thank you, God for…

  1. this hard week and opening my eyes to what you desire for me.
  2. good listening and loving friends.
  3. having a chance to spend a little time by the lake to take pictures during the high winds.
  4. a weekend filled with fun my dear sweet friends.
  5. how you continually work to grow and mold me into your image.
  6. more sunlight each day and the hint of spring.
  7. Your amazing love and grace that buoyed me through the week.

Now…it’s YOUR turn!

List your ‘seven’ in the ‘share your extraordinary thoughts’ section below.  You’ll be glad you did.

Thank you for stopping by and leaving your sweet thoughts.

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Comments

  1. Debbi Saunders says:

    Thank you God…..
    1. for a quiet peace this last week, even though I have seen no change in my situations…
    2. for speaking to me through many sources….
    3. for speaking to me clearly in scripture Thursday night!
    4. for making me more aware of your presence daily…
    5. for the source for provision to help me make it through the summer…
    6. for healing some hurt feelings…
    7. for opening my eyes in two areas that I have been struggling with….

  2. I thank God for my two children walking in their sobriety. For my prayer group.For changes i see in my grandkids lives For provision.For the times even when i feel confused He leads me to a better state of mind .Getting to go to a birthday party that got me out of the house.Most of all i thank Him for being with me in the lonely times without James.

    • Betty… you and James have been together so many years and 24/7 for the most recent… I understand that emptiness that surrounds you.
      Rejoicing with you over your children… that is such good news and also for God’s goodness in your life throughout the week. May you sense His goodness and presence all through your days and have a wonderful and blessed week! {hugs}

  3. Joy Day!!
    1. The ministry of JoyDay. I look forward to it each week
    2. Curt able to paint and do a feature wall on our master bedroom wall! -a miracle 💜✝
    3. Getting physical therapy
    4. A friend to drive me
    5. My sister got to get away for her birthday
    6. I can rest now for awhile after a night of little rest
    7. Curt comforted me in the night when I became weepy.

    • Oh, Gwen, it is so exciting to hear how Curt is improving so much!! Praise God for miracles. I am so happy for both of you. {hugs}
      Thank you for your words of encouragement, too. You are such a blessing, my friend!
      May your week overflow with God’s goodness and JOY!!

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