Rejoice!

“In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name.” Psalm 33:21

Read this verse over and over. What is the Holy Spirit whispering to you?

I can’t believe it is December already. Where has the year gone? I am so far behind, I’m not ready for December. Yet here we are. Before I can get depressed about it the Holy Spirit reminds me to rejoice!

Joy comes when we let go of our desires and accept God’s desires as our own. This means no expectations. I saw on Facebook a question yesterday that asked, “how many blessings have you missed because it came in an unexpected way?” Honestly, that is my life. I always anticipate. I want to know what is next, so I can be prepared on how to react to it. Yes, I’m a control addict. This means those things that come unexpectedly become burdens instead of blessings. I’m reminded of a quote “God’s will is either a burden that weighs you down or a vessel that carries you.” Which would you rather have?

Rejoicing is a response to trusting God. That is what our verse is saying. We rejoice because we trust. Do you trust? Then let us rejoice! It is supposed to be that easy. Yet I struggle. Harvest is going slow. Yesterday I had to take time to put cattle back in and fix fence instead of harvesting. They need to be on stalk ground, but I still have to put the electric fence up around it. I’m trying to finish harvest, so I can do that, but it is taking too long. So, I’m a little stressed. To top that all off I’m sick. I really don’t feel like rejoicing yet that is the response I’m called to do. That is the response we are all called to do. If I trust, I can rejoice even in the struggle. If I trust, I can rejoice even in the pain. Lord I do trust so I do rejoice in you.

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