Day 81: Joy

Happy Monday and Day 81 of Another 100 Days of Hannah, y’all!
Y’all, after a work week away, it’s incredible how good it feels to be back at my standing desk for pre-work blogging on this Monday morning.
Just something about the comfort of my morning routine… gotta love it.
In any case, onto actual blogging thoughts.
This morning, Nehemiah 8:10 has been going through my head.
Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”
Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.
The joy of the Lord is your strength.
First things first: I really don’t think I’d ever read this verse in its context… which is probably a bit dangerous.  Until I looked it up this morning, I admittedly had no idea that it was found in Nehemiah.  Oops.
Regardless, the verse feels pretty applicable after a week of dread like last week
…especially when I look ahead to the busier schedule that I have this week:
PT after work today
Easter practice before and playing organ at Wednesday’s lenten service
Piano lessons Thursday
Therapy to fit in…sometime?
And a trip to see friends this weekend.
Obviously on top of whatever work throws at me.  (No emergent ER referrals this week… please?)

Looking ahead, it’d be pretty easy to dread this week too.

But, as I start to worry about having enough energy to make it through another week, I’m drawn back to the words of Nehemiah – the joy of the Lord is your strength.
The joy of the Lord is your strength.
The joy of the Lord is my strength.
Y’all, in Psalm 16:11, the psalmist writes:
    In Your presence is fullness of joy.
Not half empty.
Not barely visible.
Not almost to the top.
That is the joy that we are promised.
And where’s it found?
In the presence of the Lord.
Because, y’all, when we come into the presence of the Lord, suddenly, nothing else matters.
We are overwhelmed by His goodness.
We are captivated by His love.
We are surrounded by His mercy.
We are amazed at His power.
And, at once, we can be reassured that we’re not alone.
Paul writes in Romans 8:
    If God is for us, who can be against us?
Friends, this is not an if.
God is for us.
He is with us.
Later in Romans, we are promised that nothing can separate us from the love of God, in Christ Jesus.
That’s news worth celebrating.
That is the joy and the hope that we have in Christ.
And so, as we all brave this new week, I pray that you know and experience the joy of the Father – today, and every day.
‘Til tomorrow,
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