When one has been in captivity for so long like I have (10 years of clinical depression), you don’t take your freedom or joy for granted. I know what it is to live an abundant life now. When I get up in the morning, I have a habit of praying Psalm 118:24 back to the Lord. I begin to thank God that He will give me the grace to face what comes my way and rejoice in Him regardless of the circumstances in my life. With God on my side, I can face anything. One way of showing God my gratitude for the rest of my life is by telling Him EVERYDAY that I will choose to rejoice in Him no matter what trials He presents to me. Rejoicing and praising God comes to me as naturally as eating and sleeping. It is no longer an effort. I have practiced it until it has become a way of life to me.
When God does a great miracle in our lives, we can’t afford to take it for granted and keep quiet. Because I exercise my faith through the Word of God, I remain in a joyful and optimistic mode. Even when hard times come and suffering is present, I can still rejoice in my God. Another scripture that I quote daily is, “Thou he slay me, yet will I trust him.” How can I not trust my God? He has done incredible miracles in my life. I stand in awe of His presence, His working power and love. Let’s make it a habit and a choice to rejoice in God always.
“Lord, thank You for the new found freedom in You that I will never, ever take for granted. Thank You for abundant living. I choose to rejoice in You today and always as a testimony of Your healing power and love.”
For His Glory
Linda Reyes Shepherd
TRBC Mountain Blend