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Sometimes There Aren’t Words

Sometimes there just aren’t words…

              when we sit with others in their grief.

              when others try to comfort us in ours.

Sometimes there just aren’t words…

              when life comes crashing down around us.

              when darkness and despair close in.

Sometimes there just aren’t words…

              when anxiety and doubt and shame condemn us.

              when regrets of the past rear their heads and gnash their teeth.

Sometimes there just aren’t words…

              when betrayals bite and false denials scream.

              when the unrelenting hand of fear squeezes with clenched fingers.

Sometimes there just aren’t words…

              when the world goes crazy.

              when people don't seem to care.

Sometimes there just aren’t words…

              when circumstances confuse.

              when no one remains but us.

Sometimes there just aren’t words.

But in those times…

              the Holy Spirit speaks what we cannot (Romans 8:26–27).

              Jesus lifts us in prayer, crying Abba (Romans 8:31–39).

              our Heavenly Father holds us close and whispers,

              Be still, let go, and know that I am God (Psalm 46:10).

For the LORD your God is a mighty savior. He delights in you with gladness. With His love, He will calm your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs. (Zephaniah 3:17 NLT)

Those who dwell in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. This I declare about the LORD: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; He is my God, and I trust Him. (Psalm 91:1–2 NLT)

Sometimes there just aren’t words. But in those times there is Someone who speaks. Jesus alone calms our fears, wraps us in His mighty arms of comfort, and speaks words of true hope and healing. He is love and He loves you. He affirms, "I am with you." Take refuge in Him, precious friend.

Dr. Joy Dahl is a Jesus girl transformed by God’s grace. Through many trials she has learned to rise above the depths of real life by holding fast to truth and hope. Today Joy passionately helps believers embrace their calling as Christ’s ambassadors in the world. As a CPA and a Chief Financial Officer by trade, Joy has focused most of her career on start-up and high-growth companies in Washington DC, New York, and Texas. Joy earned three degrees from Dallas Theological Seminary: Master of Christian Education, Master of Biblical Studies, and Doctor of Ministry. Her emphasis on the integration of faith and work led to her current role as Executive Director of Polished Network, which gathers women to navigate the workplace and explore faith together in authentic community. Joy is the visionary behind the BOLDLY Conference (www.boldlyconference.com)––the first-of-it’s kind Faith + Work for Women Conference. Joy and her husband, Gordon, call Dallas home. Joy’s favorite things include: God’s Word, international travel, dark chocolate, horses, flowers, beach getaways, running, big dogs, and adventure!