Proverbs 31:25- Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.
Before I gave my life to Christ I always kept Bible verses as my header on Twitter and would change them every couple of weeks. When people came to my page I wanted them to see a Bible verse in hopes that it would encourage them. I knew of God, but I didn't have a personal relationship with Him, so the things that I would tweet and my header were contradictory, but my prayer is that a seed was planted. One day I came across Proverbs 31:25 (the version I came across was She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can smile at the days to come) and I told myself that I wouldn’t change my header until I was finally happy about everything going on in my life. I thought I was happy, but I didn’t realize that something in my life was missing. I looked happy in pictures and on the outside looking in, but deep down I was depressed. I always wondered how people could be depressed at such a young age because we had so much to look forward to in life.
About a year later, after rededicating my life to God I was so full of joy and finally able to change my header. I didn't even know it was a sign from God telling me that one day I was going to be able to smile again. Just like I wanted to encourage others when they came across my page, He wanted to encourage me and let me know that in due time I would have something to smile about, that my smile would be genuine, not fake.
In due time I did rejoice, just like God promised me. I never knew how sad I was until I received joy from the Lord. I tried to fill that void in my heart with everything but God and it never worked. No amount of drugs, alcohol, sex, money etc will ever fulfill you like Jesus can. There will always be a void. Jesus is the missing piece to everyone's puzzle. If you don't have that missing piece you'll always be empty.
Happiness is fleeting, but joy comes from God. We can’t be fruitful apart from God. (John 16:4) The fruits of the spirit are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control. We can’t experience joy without God in our lives. God is everlasting and so is the joy that He gives us. (Psalm 3:8- For salvation comes from God. What joys He gives to all His people.)
I’ve been saved for a year and 6 months now and I can honestly say it’s been amazing. The joy of the Lord truly is my strength. Some days are easier than others, but I’ve decided not to let my emotions control me. Our moods are constantly changing, but when we walk in the spirit, the fruits of the spirit will follow.