"...the joy of the Lord is my strength." Nehemiah 8:10. Molly took this photo after I did a little shoot with her. She's not fond of sitting for more than a minute for me but she would be patient this time... if I allowed her to take photos of me. She caught me in a laugh here and it wasn't blurry :) I don't mind a picture of me if I'm laughing. We all radiate joy when we giggle in true amusement or laugh shamelessly. I want to exude the joy of the Lord. People who are close to me know the pain and sorrow but also the unbelievable blessings I have experienced. I have known my Saviour my whole life but it's only the drawing close that causes me to respond to my circumstances-whatever they may be-with His pure joy. How do people walk this earth and find meaning in their life's ups and downs without Him? We have a forever kind of hope. His joy IS my strength. His strength is made perfect in my weakness (2Corinthians 12:9). Praise God that weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning! (Psalm 30:5) As we draw close together, we will experience this powerful and desirable fruit of the Spirit.