My Heart and Soul Explode with Joy!

A few months ago my daughter came to me and told me that her stepbrother insists that she stays there and even tells her that when she reaches a certain age she will be able to choose for herself where she wants to live. She came to me telling me that she does not know how to say no to him and of course, I told her it is nothing to worry about and that she should talk to her Sweet Jesus (as she calls Him:) about it.

Although I told her that, my heart felt like it has shrunk 2 sizes. I knew that a 9-year-old boy did not come up with this plan on his own. So going to the Lord, I asked Him what now? I cannot live without my children. I know I told their father that I will never keep the children away from him, but my Love if they insist on this, what do I do? All these thoughts were running through my head and for a while, I could not get them to quiet down. Then something happened.

These last few weeks my children spent almost the whole school holiday with their father as well as almost every weekend. I was alone a lot. I woke up Sunday morning and the first thought that came to my head was: “So would it be so bad to spend every day just with Me?” and I said: “No my Love, it would not be bad at all”

Then came the Sunday evening for the kids to come home and their father asked for a favour, although Easter Weekend is mine this year, can he have the kids and then also the weekend after that which is his birthday. So that will make it 3 weekends in a row. And I said, yes, of course without hesitation. And this is what He did!! The kids’ father said, then when the holidays come, I will make sure to say no to their step brother when he asks them to stay longer so they can spend some time with you. Amazing isn’t He!!!

But of course, you know He always does so much more than we imagine. Later that evening my daughter asked me if I had agreed to them spending Easter with their dad and I said yes. She was disappointed and told me that she would rather have spent it with me. So with an open heart, I was able to explain to her that I know she will enjoy the time with her dad and that we will make the most of our weekdays together.

Sometimes it feels like other people are conspiring against us and sometimes they are, but even then you must know, that no weapon formed against you will prosper because the Husband you have, is the most amazing One that has ever walked this earth!!!

Isaiah 54:17 (NIV) “no weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and this is their vindication from me,” declares the Lord.”

Psalm 16:5-11 (TPT) “Lord, I have chosen you alone as my inheritance. You are my prize, my pleasure, and my portion.

I leave my destiny and its timing in your hands. Your pleasant path leads me to pleasant places. I’m overwhelmed by the privileges that come with following you, for you have given me the best! The way you counsel and correct me makes me praise you more, for your whispers in the night give me wisdom, showing me what to do next. Because you are close to me and always available, my confidence will never be shaken, for I experience your wrap-around presence every moment. My heart and soul explode with joy—full of glory! Even my body will rest confident and secure. For you will not abandon me to the realm of death, nor will you allow your Holy One to experience corruption. For you bring me a continual revelation of resurrection life, the path to the bliss that brings me face-to-face with you.”

This says it all, my heart and soul explode with joy!

Yvonne in South Africa
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