Fearless Joy – Path to Freedom

In my distress I prayed to the Lord, and the Lord answered me and set me free.

She lived a life of fearless joy.  After years of fighting, cancer finally ended her life on earth. But what a legacy from one who lived life with joy in the face of daily pain! She feared nothing, not even cancer that sucker punched her at least twice.  She danced through life with a joy that was contagious. I know she is dancing now on the streets of heaven, greeted with what we all long to hear, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

In this Psalm, David is still on the run from the enemies trying to take his life. But he knows when he cries out to God he is heard and he trusts that the protection of God surrounds him. This brought freedom. Freedom to a man on the run and hiding in the hills. It is no coincidence that a man who trusted God in this way was called a man after God’s own heart.

But he knows when he cries out to God he is heard and he trusts that the protection ofGod surrounds him. This brought freedom. #averseaweek #memorizetheword Click To Tweet

Do you ever wonder, what would happen if we cried out to the Lord in our distress? Have you tried it? I have. Sadly, not as often as I should, but when I did I heard the soft whisper in my heart, “trust me” and as I trusted, my distress faded. I need a reminder that when the worry and distress of life threaten to choke me off, I need to cry out to God and then trust He’s got it! Committing this verse to memory is a good reminder for me. I’m making that promise part of who I am.

I wonder, do you need to cry out and then trust? I know my friend did, and it brought her pure joy! As I was thinking about a fitting memorial for her, it hit me! I need to live that joy-filled life! I can think of no better memorial.

Author: Loretta Gjeltema

Encouraging women to thrive as they engage with God's word.

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