When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion,
we were like those who dream.
Our mouths were filled with laughter then,
and our tongues with shouts of joy.
Then they said among the nations,
the Lord has done great things for them."
The Lord has done great things for us;
we were joyful.
Restore our fortunes, Lord,
like watercourses in the Negev.
Those who sow in tears
will reap with shouts of joy.
Though one goes along weeping,
carrying the bag of seed,
he will surely come back with shouts of joy,
carrying his sheaves.
I was able to spend time with my three main accountability partners, Margaret, Catherine and my twin sis, Jackie. It was a wonderful, edifying weekend. But boy, you couldn't get away with anything! LOL!)
What hope we have in these verses! Our God sees every tear. He wipes them away and even stores them in a bottle. I wonder what He does with them? Does He shows us gallons of tears that we cried while were on earth? Will He cast them into that sea of glass before His throne? There must be something symbolic about it. The point is, He sees my pain. He wants to restore my fortunes, my family. I am already shouting with joy and we have only begun this journey, for greater is He than he that is in this world! I have experienced miracle after miracle since this crisis happened. How could I not believe Him? How could I not love Him more? He is now my breath.
I was asked today by a sweet lady in my new Bible study group, "How do you saturate yourself with God's Grace?" I didn't even hesitate to answer, it is just by being with Him. Making Him a priority. Not forsaking my time with Him for a T.V. program or a new novel to escape in. I enjoy those things, but I am finding that I am enjoying Him even more.
I like this new me. This new me is more confident, worries less, loves more, gives grace when grace is needed, and forgives quicker than I ever did before.