This morning when I rise, the house is colder than it’s been in many a month. I flip the switch to turn on gas logs and am thankful for the wonderful invention that warms us so easily.
As I grab the leash and head outdoors with Maisie, I reach for a coat and gloves. It’s chilly today.
We walk and I notice frost on the grass. I didn’t hear that prediction on the news. I reach to touch it, surprised, and wonder if my tender outdoor plants will survive this first indication of a coming winter.
I think back over this year as it heads toward its ending. In some ways my heart has been frosted and cold, even during spring and summer.
I am thankful for God’s unfailing love that melted away the frozen from my heart and gave it reason to beat warm again. He is determined to fulfill His purpose in me. He will not let me go. He will not!
I find joy in His presence again. The joy that was always there for me. I had forgotten, or chosen not to look for it.
His joy is my strength for uncertain days, challenging days. His love is the light I need when darkness falls. His peace is certain when storm clouds gather.
In His presence I am safe. I am complete. I find joy.
“Surely you have granted [her] unending blessings and made [her] glad with the joy of your presence.” Psalm 21:6