As we approach this Friday, He has "Made me Glad"

This Friday is January 15th. This date may not mean a lot to you, but to our family, it is the first day of a life whose security has nothing to rest on except in our God. We honestly thought that by this date, James would be in a new job. We never imagined that we would hit this date unemployed. As we thought toward our future, we expected to celebrate the 15th of January with hearts full of gratitude to the Lord for all He did while we were unemployed, as we happily rejoiced in all the new things God would be doing in our lives through the new job.

But the 15th is here, and there still is no job… and not for the lack of trying.   We are still at the “rejoicing in the things God is doing while we are unemployed” stage.

I imagine that for various reasons, this has been a difficult week for many of us. I don’t know about you, but for me, that battle between faith and sight has been tough. Burdens of our own, and those we are carrying for others (ones we know and ones we only know about) have been heavy. I’ve cried a lot. Prayed a lot. And I’ve eaten a lot of chocolate. 🙂

As I’ve rolled those burdens upon the Lord time and time again, The Lord has been gracious, comforting, loving, gentle, and firm in His reminder that He is on His Throne. In our own life situation, as well as in the devestation in Haiti, with the martyrs around the world, the lost, the lonely, the grieving… God is still working, loving, comforting, strengthening, healing, saving, and He will not let go of His hold upon us. (Heb. 13:5-6, see below.)

While we’ve done what we can for others, filled our minds with Scripture and our home with Praise Music, God has blessedly calmed our hearts and made us glad. We look toward the future, uncertain of what, where, and how it will be, remaining certain of Who it is in.

A sweet friend wrote this to me the other day: “The God who loves you, provides for you, comforts you, and sustains you on the 14th, will be the same God who loves you, provides for you, comforts you, and sustains you on the 15th…”

So true! Not just for the Walker family and our “deadline”, but for you, too. I have a feeling that someone, besides me, needed to be reminded of this today. This side of Heaven, we will not completly understand the mind and heart of God, but we can trust that no matter what, He is and will always be Who His Word tells us He is.  He is good.  He is loving.  He is just.  He is merciful.  He is our Shield, our Strength, our Portion, our Deliverer, our Shelter, our Strong Tower, our Ever Present Help in time of Need!  He is Everything!

If you need a reminder today of just Who Jesus is for you, spend a few minutes listening to and praising Him through this song: Made Me Glad. Because, no matter what happens, or what day of the week it is, or what deadline comes and goes, when we put our lives into His hands, He is the One  – the Only One – Who forever can make us glad.

I love you, and am praying for you~

“Since God assured us, “I’ll never let you down, never walk off and leave you,” we can boldly quote,
God is there, ready to help;
I’m fearless no matter what.
Who or what can get to me?”
Hebrews 13:5-6 The Message

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I'm a Jesus-loving, husband-loving, family-loving minister's wife and mom to two college kids, making our home and serving our Lord in the Mississippi Delta. I study, teach, speak, and write for the greatest Boss in the universe. "Faith, Family, Food, Fun, and Living Life brewed in the fragrance of the knowledge of Jesus Christ in every place": That's what you'll find at


  1. Lisa @ The Preacher's Wife says:

    You remain in my prayers, sweet friend! God will answer and it will be right on time..

  2. You know my friend that I needed to be reminded of this too. Thank you for posting about how you are handling this time of uncertainty. Walking by faith and not by sight is hard in our flesh. But I have to say that I'm learning such lessons I would never have learned any other way. God is faithful and God is good. And He has all things worked out for our good and His glory, if we surrender to Him.

    I want to do that.

    Love you,

  3. I also needed to hear this…today and every day. Thank you so much for your testimony and walk.

  4. Hi there!
    I hopped over from Kim's blog. Blessings of provision on you and your family as you wait on the Lord to meet your every need.

    What an encouraging post. I love that very anointed song!

    As God's children go through trials as you are, and live in the Light, being transparent, and lifting high His name in the midst, we are all encouraged and our faith is built through your faithfulness.
    Thank you!

  5. What a beautiful testimony you are! I love what you shared today. Keep trusting in God's complete and perfect plan for your family. Continuing to lift you in prayer…


  6. Jennifer… Praying for you today and in the days to come. God has something WONDERFUL that He is working out for your family!!!

    Love to you!

  7. Lifting up a prayer for you today. May we continue to be strong in the Lord and the power of His might. We are weak, He is strong.


  8. I'm one of the ones that needed to hear it! Praying for you today…and tomorrow…

  9. Oh, how I needed to read this today. Thank you for always posting.


  10. Kim@Seasons of My Heart says:

    Awh girl…THANKS so much for your words today..I NEEDED them!

    Know that as I pray for our situation…I'm ALSO praying for you. And, you truly have a very wish friend…because she/he's so right…when they said the same God that loves you and provides for you on the 14th is the same God who will love you and provide for you on the 15th!!

    Gripping the hem of his garment…TIGHTLY!
    (p.s. I noticed you commented on Christy's blog…boy is that girl talented…she helped me with mine today!)