Joy comes in the morning

I had a kind of down day today. No particular reason, just felt yucky and heavy. It may have been hormones, it may have been my breakfast back-firing on me, who knows? By mid-morning I was really pretty down in the dumps.

I had already done what I knew to do, I had prayed and asked God to help me, I had asked Him to lift this heaviness off of me, I rebuked the devil, I prayed in tongues. I covered my bases.

On top of feeling crappy, I was struggling with the article I was writing; it wasn’t flowing as easily as I’d have liked, so I decided to take a break and go out for a little walk. Sometimes I take a “creativity walk” to clear my head of the fog and get the ideas flowing again; a trick I learned from my uber-editor, Michele Chiappetta. You can read her hilarious and sometimes-over-my-head blog here. My Lord, that woman is smart.

As I walked, I checked out Facebook on my phone and scrolled through the status updates. Would you believe that someone had posted a verse of scripture that absolutely touched my heart and gave me the boost I needed to get my tail back to my desk, pull my article together, and finish my day with a bang?

The scripture was Psalms 42:5 in the Message Bible: Why are you down in the dumps, dear soul? Why are you crying the blues? Fix my eyes on God-soon I’ll be praising again. He puts a smile on my face. He’s my God.

Can you believe that? It really made me chuckle. TheĀ  phrase down in the dumps actually had gone through my head all morning! God is so cool.

I read that verse several times, thought about it for a little while, and then I told the Lord, “I fix my eyes on you and soon I’ll be praising again!” And I thanked Him for always taking care of me, no matter how insignificant my issue may seem.

As I lay here in my bed with my child and my 90-pound lug of a dog, I am thankful for my life. I am thankful for my friends and family who love and support me, and I am thankful for my Lord who promises me that joy comes in the morning! (Psalms 30:5)