“The joy of the Lord is your strength”

“The joy of the Lord is your strength” (Nehemiah 8: 10) is one of my favorite songs and scriptures. I sing it sometimes all day long to give me the little boost that I need to press on through the sometimes rough parts of life. In the book of Nehemiah, this prophet of God describes the work of rebuilding Jerusalem. As we travel through our journey on this earth, we find ourselves walking through good times and bad. There can be times when in our lives where we have felt broken or even destroyed, but Christ can help you rebuild you from the inside out.  The Lord does this by giving you beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, and the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that you might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified (taken from Isaiah 61:3.) That is what He has done and is still doing in me. He can do it for you just as well.