...And I hadn't realized before now that it had been sadly empty. Have you ever felt that way before? You have been just struggling to hang on by your fingernails because of the tumult of life. Perhaps like me, you have been in that situation so long that you didn't even realize that your cup was empty. You do all that you can just to make it through each day. I honestly think that is why I have had such a fuzzy brain lately. I have been so beaten down by a situation that we are facing that it is hard to even think clearly.
But then sometimes God surprises you when you least expect it. He surprised us with new friends when we needed it the most. They have come alongside and bolstered and supported us. I am amazed when I look back at the short time that we have known each other, but yet there is a familiarity there as if we have been friends all of our lives. I know that blessing is from the Lord.
As we returned home last evening from an outing together as families, I realized that I was overflowing with joy. It made me stop and realize how long it has been since I have felt joy. I was reminded of Galatians 6:2, " Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ." Our friends have come alongside us and helped to carry the load and because of that and the fellowship we have shared, I have experienced overflowing joy. I think of Philemon 1:7, " Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the saints."
Is there someone today that you know that could use some encouragement? Sometimes all it takes is a note or phone call, and definitely a prayer. Let's see who we can bless today.