Parting Words From The WORD…

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Good morning, writer. It’s Friday. How did your week go?

Did you get another rejection? Have an argument with a friend? Struggle with your health?

Did you run out of ideas? Run out of money? Run out of time?

Did you feel alone?

In some ways, I’ve had an incredible week. Great events over the past few days, a few checks coming in, commitments for future programs.

And yet, in other ways, it’s been a tough one. I haven’t felt the best, missed a few deadlines, suffered the results of miscommunication.

But the good news is, regardless of what the week brought, God has always been there by my side. And for that, I am eternally grateful.

Though the fig tree does not bud
and there are no grapes on the vines,
though the olive crop fails
and the fields produce no food,
though there are no sheep in the pen
and no cattle in the stalls,
yet I will rejoice in the LORD,
I will be joyful in God my Savior. Habakkuk 3:17-18

Will you join me in rejoicing, even in the midst of the struggle?

I pray God’s blessing on the work of your hands and your hearts,

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  • Sandy Quandt

    Running late with letting you know, you are in my prayers. “And if our God be for us, who can stand against?”

  • Nan Jones

    Holding you close to my heart, Vonda. One of my very favorite thoughts is this: When I can’t praise Him for my circumstances, I can ALWAYS praise Him for Who He IS! He inhabits the praises of His people. His Presence brings me peace and comfort – hope for the weary. Thank you so much for sharing with us. Love you!

    • You’re exactly right, Nan. We can always praise Him for what He’s done and Who He is!

  • Judy Taylor

    No figs! I love figs. No olives nor grapes! Oh, I really love olives and grapes. No cattle! Does that mean no steak?? No sheep! I love lamb anything. But God— I love my Savior more than anything life here has to offer! No food! God has tendered my heart this week for those in our neighborhood (poorest county in NC) who truly have no food and no hope. This week He has me searching how I can make a difference in those lives and offer hope in the blood and grace of the Cross. Also, much deeper for a change, how can I offer hope and change beyond their needs this day. As I write this it comes to mind – We feed a man for a day but if we teach that man to fish we feed him for life. I weep as I think of the struggles I have faced this week compared to the struggles of many people within a walking distance of my home. I rejoice that God has opened my eyes and I rejoice that He has the answer.
    Vonda, I rejoice with you over the knowledge that I am loved and treasured by my creator.

    • Yes we are! And you’re right–our hurts and losses are nothing compared to so many others.

  • Kristi

    Praying for you, sweet friend! You are such a blessing!

  • “Yet, I will rejoice…” Four powerful words, huh? Praying you’re feeling better soon, Vonda!

    • Yes, it reminds me of David’s lament in Psalm 55 where he rants and raves about the struggles of his life, but then ends the Psalm, “But yet I will trust in you.”

  • Sorry to hear that your week has been tough. I have also been weighed down with trouble this week even as great things have been happening. And yet, I rejoice with you in the God of our salvation, knowing that he perfectly plans our steps and he encamps around us, hemming us in before and behind.

    • I’m sorry you’ve had a complicated week, too, Sally. But Jesus promised us we would have difficulties, so it shouldn’t be a surprise to any of us!

  • Love that scripture, Vonda. I needed to be reminded of that today. Joining you in rejoicing!

    • Yes, if we’re honest, I think we all need to be reminded of it periodically. πŸ™‚

  • Marcia Gaddis

    Yes, I will join you in rejoicing in the midst of struggle.

    • I’m sorry you’re struggling this week too, Marcia. At least we can rejoice in Him together!

  • Peggy Morris

    With your words (and HIs), you have a beautiful way of putting a positive spin on the negativity of life. Bless you today, Vonda.

    • Awww, thank you, Peggy. I know in the grand scheme of things, my struggles are nothing. Besides, we know how the story ends, don’t we???

  • Judith Robl

    Rejoicing with you, today. My large happening this week was that friend-husband’s dog wrenched himself out of my grip on his collar and twisted the middle finger of my left hand unmercifully. At present that finger hurts like mad and has swollen to twice it’s diameter. Little flexibility in the joints. Typing is an issue, but I’m learning.

    Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth

    Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide;

    Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,

    Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!

    A wonderful hymn in the midst of trouble. It has helped me more than once.

    • I love that song, Judith! Great is His faithfulness!

  • One of my favorite Scriptures. Agreeing with you in prayer!

  • Cathy Baker

    Joining you in praise this morning, Vonda!

  • verna

    . . . YET, I will rejoice in the Lord . . . I’m with you, dear friend . . . and I loved reading this before I begin my today. . . .

    • A good reminder to start the day, isn’t it? πŸ™‚