By Rodetta Cook

Rodetta Cook has been a pastor’s wife for over 40 years. She and her husband, Ron, have actively served the Lord together in ministry during the entire time and are co-founders of Care for Pastors. She understands the expectations, loneliness and how hard it is to find balance in ministry as a pastor’s wife. Rodetta also leads the pastor’s wives initiative at Care for Pastors called The Confidante and ministers to hundreds of wives each week. She strives to share blogs with other pastors’ wives that will help them in their ministry walk.

    Joy in His Presence

    Monday, December 11, 2017

    As we are coming to the close of another year, I am sure 2017 was a great year for some and maybe a rough year for others. No matter what the case may be, remember there is Joy in His presence. I would like to share my devotion from a few weeks back that speaks to this.

    No matter what your circumstances may be, you can find Joy in My Presence. On some days Joy is generously strewn along your life-path, glistening in the sunlight. On days like that, being content is as simple as breathing the next breath or taking the next step. Other days are overcast and gloomy; you feel the strain of the journey, which seems endless. Dull gray rocks greet your gaze and cause your feet to ache. Yet Joy is still attainable. Search for it as for hidden treasure.

    Begin by remembering that I have created this day; it is not a chance occurrence. Recall that I am present with you whether you sense My Presence or not. Then, start talking with Me about whatever is on your mind. Rejoice in the fact that I understand you perfectly, and I know exactly what you are experiencing. As you continue communicating with Me, your mood will gradually lighten. Awareness of My marvelous Companionship can infuse Joy into the grayest day.

    So whether 2017 was a year of joy or sadness, I am so thankful He never leaves us and we can find joy in the midst of sorrow. And on those days that we don’t feel He is present just pour your heart out to Him and, as the devotional says, as we communicate with him our mood will lighten. Don’t let anyone or any circumstance steal your joy. Claim His promises and stand on them knowing there is Joy in His Presence and His Presence never leaves us.

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