I am currently going through a personal trial and I am certain with everything in my being that I will come out a Victor. There were numerous times in my past where I was a "victim." I allowed people to take advantage of me, I was a victim of domestic violence, an old employer sexually harassed me until I could no longer take it and ended up quitting, and I've even suffered a broken heart on more than one occasion.
I am not "that" person any longer. I am no longer the "caterpillar" I once was. Some of my friends and family members probably wonder why I "always" appear joyful. I know some people wonder how is it that I smile all the time and why my laughter sounds so infectious "as my dad says." And there may even be a few who wonder if "it's real." The answer is YES! It is real. The JOY of the Lord is my strength. I don't know about you and I'm certainly no EXPERT (not yet anyway), but I've read enough of the Bible to Trust in Him and to Believe in His promises. What possible reason could He have to deceive us?
During this current trial I'm experiencing, I happened upon Psalm 13. And as I type this, I truly need to correct myself. The Holy Spirit led me to Psalm 13. Wherein King David asked the Lord (4) times, "How long?" And in the end, he simply said, "I will sing the Lord's praises for he has been good to me."
That's exactly how I feel. I often wonder how long and when I finish asking, I can hear the Holy Spirit whispering, "Until God says so." Then I take a deep breath and remember all the times in the past where I wondered the exact same thing and came out a Victor!
You too can have real joy! He doesn't just promise it to some of us. He has no favorites, we're all His children.
w/love and grace
free spirit butterfly