Nancy’s tenth and final principle in “Hope for Uncertain Times: Surviving—And Thriving—In An Economic Crisis” is:
Rejoice in the Lord.
Don’t let the enemy steal your joy—regardless of what is going on in the world or in your personal financial situation! If we have Him, we are rich, we have everything we need, and we have reason to rejoice! (Hab. 3:17-18)
In Nancy’s radio series “Hope for Uncertain Times,” she shares a letter from one of the staff in our ministry regarding how his wife's parents had a fire in their house several years ago. He wrote to tell us about the outcome, and how it affected him and his wife, Amy. He said,
"We lost all the remaining wedding gifts we had stored away in the attic until we finally got a home—china, dishes, home decorations, and appliances. Amy has taken it all in stride, despite losing some sentimental things like our wedding registry book and other wedding items. Interestingly, the one thing we did not lose that was stored, was Amy's wedding gown. We gave it away last year to a national, Indian missionary we know for his wedding.
"It's a reminder that only what is given truly lasts. We laughed this weekend that our net worth seems to get smaller all the time, yet I don't know if I've ever felt more blessed with what I have."
I have the privilege of observing this couple, and am impressed with the way they continue to rejoice in the Lord, even though their family of six is currently living in a small trailer.
How about you?
Are you manifesting the joy of the Lord to those around you—in your countenance, your spirit, and your words?
We’d love to hear from you!