"Do not be grieved for the joy of the Lord is your strength" Nehemiah 8:10b (NIV)
This part of Nehemiah is taking place right after Nehemiah and Ezra have read The Law to the Hebrew people. They are upset about not following God let alone following where God is leading or calling. Many of us think we are following the Law even if we aren't necessarily following where God is leading.
At the same time the JOY of following God -- The Law and where God is leading -- is both a wonderful strengthening feeling and hard to describe. The "joy" is both the peace of celebrating with God and the knowledge of God's strength in us. It is an interesting combination of feelings, knowledge and emothions.
How do we know the Law? How do we follow where God is leading? How do we celebrate not just the strength God gives but the "joy" of said strength? Can we celebrate the strength and the "joy" with others?
See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. (Isaiah 43:19)
New things! Hard to learn and we may need help with them but sometimes we can get it to work! I will be trying this new way of doing Devotionals. Prayerfully what my son, and my grandson, just helped with will continue to work. It will be a "new" way of sharing on the website. A new way of helping each of us keep our FOCUS on Christ and "Uniting for Strength."
Caregivers are you willing to try something new? Are you willing to ask for help with the something new? Can you help someone else to be able to try something new? Can you reach out to share how God is helping you?
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.