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 the Midst of Brokenness

    Monday, November 06, 2017

    I want to encourage you no matter what you are going through or what you may go through this week, remember the Lord is your Joy in the midst of it all.

    This was my devotional several weeks ago and it really hit home for me. I pray it speaks to you as well.

    You can find joy in the midst of brokenness. One of the hardest times to be joyful is when you’re dealing with multiple problems—seeking solutions but finding none—and then several new difficulties beset you. If you focus too much on finding solutions, you will sink under the weight of your problems. So it’s vital to remember that I am present with you in adversity. I am at work in your situation and My matchless wisdom enables Me to bring good out of evil—ultimately outsmarting evil with good!

    The way to find Joy in adversity is to encounter Me. You can pray, “Jesus, help me find you in the midst of this mess!” As you unplug your emotions from all the problems and plug them into My Presence, good things start to happen. Your dark mood grows steadily lighter and brighter. Also, as you remain in Me—plugged in to my Presence—I enable you to see things from My perspective. You can be joyful in the midst of brokenness by staying connected to Me.

    Life can cause us to get off track at times and forget our Joy is complete in Him. I pray you will stay focused this week and allow Him to be your Joy no matter what comes your way.

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