The Joy of the Lord is my Strength

From my first day in the ER until the day I left, I was showered with texts and phone calls from people constantly filling me with encouragement and prayers. It was overwhelming, and I am so grateful! I have no doubt it was because of your prayers that I was able to wake each and every day filled with the unsurpassed joy of the Lord. I thank God for each of you! Thank you!

Every time I opened the scriptures or prayed, I was encouraged. Here are some of the many words that inspired me while I was in the hospital (From the Holman Christian Standard Bible):

Psalm 119:50 — This is my comfort in my affliction: Your promise has given me life.

2 Corinthians 4:16-18— Therefore we do not give up. Even though our outer person is being destroyed, our inner person is being renewed day by day. For our momentary light affliction is producing for us an absolutely incomparable eternal weight of glory. So we do not focus on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

2 Corinthians 9:14—And they will have deep affection for you in their prayers on your behalf because of the surpassing grace of God in you.

2 Corinthians 12:9-10— But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Therefore, I will most gladly boast all the more about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may reside in me. So I take pleasure in weaknesses, insults, catastrophes, persecutions, and in pressures, because of Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

My prayer, while I was there and while I am still at home, is that whomever God would have come into my presence would be influenced by His love and truth.

2 thoughts on “The Joy of the Lord is my Strength

  1. I love it! You are such a great man of God. I am consistently impressed with you and your faith in Jesus. Keep on pressing towards the goal, run the race, and we are all right there with you!


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