“…Don’t be dejected and sad, for the joy of the Lord is your strength!”” Nehemiah 8:10 NLT
I’ve always been a Christian, I was born into a Christian home and I gave my life to Christ at 14 (I’m 22 now). However for a few years I had been drawing away from God slowly, bit by bit. When it happens that way you usually don’t realize it. Eventually, a few months ago, I hit rock bottom. It has been rough (and it still is). I made a string of wrong decisions that eventually hurt not only me, but many of my loved ones.
At the time I didn’t know it, but that was such a defining moment in my journey. It resulted in so much pain. But scripture says in 2 Corinthians 7:9 (NLT) that “… the pain caused you to repent and change your ways. It was the kind of sorrow God wants his people to have…”. I’m grateful for that pain now because it changed my life.
On March 16 2020 my friend sent me a 30 day revival devotional. For one month I diligently read it, sometimes I didn’t even understand what I was reading but I still kept pushing. At the end of that 30 days , I felt it. It was the joy of the Lord! I was so excited and blessed despite all my troubles. That was the moment that God intervened. Since then I’ve been earnestly seeking the Lord. I changed a lot of things about my life. And I started my bible account @defiant.joy that keeps pushing me to read and share His word.
I know that God used my friend to bring me back to Him and I’m so grateful for that. I’ve been diligently seeking the Lord for a little over 3 months now and I have no regrets. God is good yesterday , today and tomorrow. Even when I was at my lowest He stood by me and held me in His bosom. I know that this is not the end of my story, and greater things are yet to come.
“O give thanks unto the Lord; for He is good: for His mercy endureth for ever.”
Psalms 136:1 KJV