Saturday, March 9, 2013

Early Morning Thoughts of JOY

It's a beautiful, clear, early morning ...  being Saturday, the streets are quiet enough to hear the birds chirp, the distant church bells ring, and the cyclists stroll by.
God has given us another sunny morning!  Two in a row is a lot to be thankful for these days!
I'm sitting here at my (new to me!) desk with my cinnamon-vanilla nut coffee under candle's glow and the faint warm light streaming in through my old, paned windows.
Acknowledging the JOY in my heart.
No, nothing in particular has changed in the past few months, except that growing in Christ means that peace and joy invade and engulf my life, as well.  He is the reason for this! 
He is why now I want to wake up early, because He's given me a new day to breath new life.  To breath air. 
To love my husband and live the life He's so graciously given me.
To serve others and try to meet needs, because I want to be His hands and feet.  Even if it's just in my little circles of influence.
I am amazed at this miracle He performed  in me.  It's huge. 
Taking me out of years from a dark place of depression ...into the fire... only for me to come out more resilient and stronger than ever.  Friends, it's because now I don't rely on my own strength, but the Lord's! 
"My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness."
2 Cor. 12:9
This suitcase makes me think of how I hope to go off with my hubby for at least a couple of days when he gets time off this summer!  :)  It's already March 9th! 
Today actually marks 12 years of our "dating anniversary".  We have been solely commited to each other every single day since.  My husband is the best thing to happen in my life! xo  Literally every day I thank God for giving him to me!
I could ramble, because I'm in one of those chatty joyful moods.  Instead I think I'll spare all the exclamation points and words this early in the morning....
Jesus is so sweet and precious.  His love is greater than anything you will ever face.  If you will allow Him to be your Saviour, He will transform your insecurities, broken heart, and confused mind into His glorious beauty. 
I am so rich ... 
Not in earthly wealth, but in love because I know Jesus.
"Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.  Let your reasonableness be known to everyone.  The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything with prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
Philippians 4:4-7


Lora said...

such a sweet post! your love for Jesus shines through your words so beautifully. :)
i always love stopping by your blog because i always leave encouraged and closer to God. :)

Bernideen said...

Beautiful thoughts and scripture!

Lois' Laughlines said...

Shine Jesus Shine. Thank you for your sweet post. I love the scripture.
blessings to you.

Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life said...

You are such a sweetie. I just know we would have the best talks if you lived near me. You have your priorities straight for sure and that makes joyfulness so much easier to experience.

elizabeth said...

Beautiful post, Leslie! I had no idea you had struggled with depression. I went through that some years ago. Thank God for the light at the end of the tunnel! Love to you, dear one.

Anne said...

Happy Saturday! The sun is shining brightly here too - so lovely. The birds are going crazy since the weather warmed up. I can't wait for spring!

Love your suitcase - it's stunning!

Thanks for popping over to my blog and leaving such a sweet comment. Enjoy your weekend!


Jen said...

Thank you for you sweet post today, Leslie! Jesus is Everything and wish with all my heart more believed in HIM! Wishing YOU all JOY!

Patricia said...

Beautiful thoughts - what a lovely young woman you are - so refreshing to see someone young that is so grounded - so thankful and gracious.
God Bless you and your husband !

laurie said...

Happy post to read!

Jaimie said...

This is wonderful! I love how heartfelt you are and how your love for Jesus just shines through the words you wrote. Thank you for this encouragement, and thank you so much for stopping by and commenting on my blog!!