All Wrapped Up in Joy

I woke up this morning with all the “things to do” on my mind and all the uninvited annoyances that entered my sphere days earlier nagging my heart. Before jumping out of bed in a frenzied rush–15 minutes later than I’d intended and an hour later than I should have–I paused and convinced myself to spend my usual first moments of the day in meditation.

I thought about my blogging friend Rev Russ’s query in his post “It’s All Hard”: Is life hard or have we become wimps [not exactly his words]?

I mused for a moment about just how difficult it can be to navigate all the “stuff” that comes our way from day to day, just how hard it is to push past the everyday slights and disappointments, how hard it is to [always?] act and speak with prudence, how hard it is to accept [not tolerate] difficult people, how hard it is to forgive repeat offenders, how hard it is to love ourselves, flaws and all.

The thought of it all made rising from bed a bit challenging, so I asked God, “How can I face the day when I wake up bone-tired? Weary?”

He immediately answered with three doses of His Word, so I wrote them in my journal and determined to let them direct my day.

When things were said or done that had the potential to unsettle me–A person whose desires rest on You, You preserve in perfect peace because [she] trusts in You (Isaiah 26:3).

When a sense of my very present vulnerabilities threatened to overthrow me–My grace is enough for you, for My power is brought to perfection in weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9). 

When I felt like the tasks were unmanageable, too much, impossible–I can do all things through Him who gives me power (Philippians 4:13). 

Despite the disappointments, the distractions, the conflicting personalities, the tedious work, the “must get done” list, my step was a little lighter today; my mind at ease; my spirit unencumbered.

As I wrote the last scripture in my journal this morning and click-closed the pen, God whispered one more word into my heart–The joy of the Adonai is [my] strength (Nehemiah 8:10). The peace, the grace, the power–all wrapped up in His joy.


Forgive me for the wordy #WordlessWednesday. The image above is an edit of a fallen hyacinth flower. I visited my family in New Orleans last weekend, and the gorgeous and über aromatic hyacinth plant stole the show in my mother’s garden.

All scripture from the Complete Jewish Bible (CJB).

14 thoughts on “All Wrapped Up in Joy

  1. revruss1220 says:

    This post really blessed me today. And I will guarantee you I am not the only one. Yep… it is all hard. And that is exactly why we need to lean on the One who brought us here. Blessings to you today!

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  2. Sheila Marie Delgado says:

    What a blessing you are Chandra. The gorgeous flower, the tale of your enchanting visit. The divine words that lifted me up. Thank you for this gift. 🙂 You are in my prayers, and I am wrapping my arms around you. You bring JOY to the world. And I pray that you find JOY in your day as well. xoxox

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  3. Esha says:

    Such a blessed post to read this week, Chandra. Your words spoke to me, as I juggled one too many balls last week with a few falling every now and then, but then, that is life! The days when we feel most disempowered, are for me the days when meditation really helps and I’ve banked on my ten-minute meditation every single day last week to see me through until the weekend.
    Thank you for sharing this much-needed wisdom, dear Chandra! I hope you have a blessed week ahead. Peace, strength and plenty of positive affirmations are being sent your way!
    Take care

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