Even though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vine; even though the olive crop fails, and the fields lie empty and barren; even though the flocks die in the fields, and the cattle barns are empty, yet I will rejoice in the LORD! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation. The Sovereign LORD is my strength! He will make me as surefooted as a deer and bring me safely over the mountains. (For the choir director: This prayer is to be accompanied by stringed instruments.) (Hab 3:17-19 NLT)
Prayer: LORD, when things in my life appear not to prosper, help me turn my heart to You in gratitude for what I have in my relationship with You. Happiness depends upon circumstances but joy is a choice. I choose to allow what I have in You to transcend circumstances. That can enable me to overcome troubles, challenges, and anything that would attempt to keep me from experiencing joy with You. Thank You that I can have this today. In Jesus’ name, Amen.