“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” – – Joshua 1:9 ESV
At times I may be overwhelmed by the trials in my life everyday and oftentimes I feel weak and overtaken by them, but I thank you that you remind me each time that you are my strength and that you are with me. At times, I don’t feel your presence because the darkness around me seems so real, but your voice within me encourages me to hold on.
“Don’t give up, my child. I’m right here.”
It has been almost three years since depression had gotten hold of me. But I can truthfully and confidently say that, “I am victorious!” I am finally free of it! You have revealed yourself to me in a way I can’t possibly grasp on my own. Thank you, Holy Spirit for guiding me and taking me from one level of victory to the next.
I can’t believe how far we’ve come. How many obstacles we have surpassed together. How this journey, no matter how long and difficult, have led me here – to a place of safety and peace.
I can’t describe this peace. I thought I would never experience this anymore. Three years ago, peace was beyond my reach and I thought I’d never come to this. I don’t hear voices no more. The torment has finally left me. I don’t feel heavy in my heart and I don’t have nightmares or anxiety attacks anymore.
O God! You have indeed made me strong! I can cry rivers of tears again – but they’re no longer tears of pain and suffering – but rather, they’re tears of utmost joy!
Thank you, Jesus for rescuing me! Thank you for not letting go of my hand! Where would I be without you?
I love you, Jesus! You are my strength, my deliverer!
(Image Source: http://bible.com/59/jos.1.9.esv)