Thursday, August 13, 2009

Unwrapping Rest and Joy

“For I have given rest to the weary and joy to the sorrowing.” Jeremiah 31:25

No short supply here.

Weary and sorrowing are in abundance. It’s the rest and joy whose commodity are lacking. Like His commitment to goodness and mercy, He promises rest and joy. These gifts were delivered to me this week and I found great pleasure in their unwrapping.

Throughout these days of chaos, concern, uncertainty and challenge, God is delivering His calm.

This week “rest” and “joy” were delivered through the mail.



‘Rest’ came through the peaceful lyrics of a Cheri Keaggy CD. Music that soothed and blessed.

‘Joy’ came through a “She Speaks” tote bag. Oh the happiness and excitement of receiving such an unexpected treasure.



Wrapped in a floral bouquet of delight, God gave tangible evidence of His love for me.

Yes, my heart is weary and sorrowing, but His giving knows perfect timing. He knows when my weary is in want and when my season of sorrowing is sufficient.

The Lord provided a breath of fresh air through refreshing gifts from a friend, sending reminders of peace, hope and love.

His presence continues to be my dearest present.



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6 comments:

Sharon@JoyInTheTruth said...

Oh this is great! What a treasure from God's heart to yours!

In my daily NIV chrono Bible, I am in Ezekial....
3:24 -
"Then the Spirit came into me and raised me to my feet. He spoke to me..."
He will continue to raise you to your feet....sometimes through unwrapping a serendipitous joyful gift!

Lori said...

Feeling God's presence; He is so good to bring you moments of encouragement through friends! His ways are always the best for He knows us better than anyone else!

Loved the song, too Joy!

Sharon-loved the verse you mentioned!

Blessings, Lori - AZ

Danielle said...

Oh, what a precious gift from God through your friend. I'd never heard Cheri sing before the conference, but man, she has a wonderful voice and a great personality!

I love the scripture Sharon posted also. God is so good!

~Grace and Peace said...

What a blessing! God's timing is always perfect, isn't it? He knows exactly when we need a lift. And instead of doing it Himself, he worked through a dear friend of yours to do it. You were both blessed in the process.

Marilyn in Mississippi said...

So happy that you got the sweet treats! And I love your hair.

Isn't it just like God to know when we need something extra???

Love ya friend!

Marilyn...in Mississippi

Karen said...

Hey Joy,

I saw on Diane's post that today is your birthday! Happy birthday!!! So I thought I would leave a little fun link for you here.

http://www.birthverse.com/mybirthverse.cfm

Have a wonderful day and may all your troubles, worries, anxious thoughts, take a day off.

Love,

Karen