Thursday, May 19, 2011

Surprised By a Smile

She had slept soundly for the first time in many years.  Before her eyes even opened something strange had happened.  Her hands traced the outline of her lips.  She was smiling.  Her eyes startled open.

What was this feeling inside her? Just yesterday there was heaviness, today a distinct lightness.  Before, profound hopelessness, now hope and joy.  Strength and energy replaced extreme exhaustion.  The wonder of it all was almost more than she could contain.  What a gift, and a surprise gift to boot.  Aren’t surprise gifts the most fun??

Ladies, I know we need to believe the following things simply because they are the Word of God, not necessarily because we see, feel or experience them.  But, can I just encourage you as someone who has seen and felt and experienced them?

Joy absolutely, truly ooly does come in the morning.

Deliverance comes from the Lord ALONE.

He really does turn our mourning into dancing.

Jesus still heals the broken hearted.

Jesus still proclaims liberty to the captives.

He still opens our prison doors.

Comforts those who mourn.

Gives us beauty for ashes and the oil of joy for mourning.

He gives us the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness!!  Hallelujah!


He is no respecter of persons!  What He offers for one, He offers for all who come to Him!

Rejoice with me today?! This very day, one year ago is the day I woke up with a smile on my face.  Tomorrow we are having a celebration with close friends and family to celebrate what the Lord has done.  I will also be sharing a testimony tomorrow.

When I think about the Lord . . .

Makes me want to shout HALLELUJAH! 


Josh said...

Rejoicing with you Mrs. G!


Elaine said...

Awesome! Much to rejoice about!!! CELEBRATE!

cooperkelly4 said...

woohooo! and here is to many more years. rejoicing with you!