Now David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and his daughters. But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God. (1 Samuel 30:6 NKJV)
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Just after midday CDT Thursday, Barbara Neely took to social media, where she found the strength to encourage herself in the Lord her God.
Said Neely in a rather spirited, empowering post via Facebook while drawing a unique correlation to her latest authorship milestone:
“Part of Finding Joy In Your Journey is letting go of things in the past. Having all that stuff just sitting in storage stresses me out. It’s time to part ways. First up is a nearly brand new, top of the line front load dryer with riser. Will post soon.”
Whether Neely was alluding a physical or spirit storage, of sorts, remains a mystery. Regardless, credit this Huntsville, Alabama devout woman of faith for going to great lengths to build up her spirit man, as we are encouraged to do, according to the above Biblical passage involving David.
A gifted and accomplished author in her own right, Neely is one of 90 co-authors who have collectively joined forces to assemble Finding Joy In the Journey Vol 2: Healthy Ways To Find Joy During Difficult Times 90 Day Devotional, the highly-anticipated 12th anthology that is spearheaded by Washington, DC author and empowerment sensation Vernessa Blackwell.
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A book that made its ceremonious release in July 2021 and is comprised of 190 pages in length, Finding Joy In the Journey Vol 2 Healthy Ways To Find Joy During Difficult Times 90 Day Devotional, a sought-after Amazon No. 1 Bestseller book whereby a gallery of faith-based writers strategically engage in real talk about finding joy during difficult times, most notably COVID-19, loss, love, grief, and healing, among other pertinent topics, Blackwell told Making Headline News this week.
For Neely, her initial authorship feat comes amid humble beginnings.
“My reason for choosing to be a part of this (anthology) was that I was going through a divorce and wanted to encourage others out there to continue to find joy in their pain,” Neely told MHN. “I wanted others to know that what we may experience in life dies, not define who we are. On the other side of pain is joy, and we get to start with a clean slate.”
By all accounts, the moment Neely had grasped specific instructions from God to join Blackwell’s Finding Joy In the Journey Vol 2 Healthy Ways To Find Joy During Difficult Times 90 Day Devotional, the pulling down of strongholds subsequently occurred in her life.
“Being a part of this book has made me see the joy in all things,” said Neely, who composed her notable chapter for the anthology in January. It’s allowed me to turn negatives into positives and see life through new eyes. This book has shown me that what I’ve experienced sets the stage to encourage and empower so many other military spouses hurting and have no idea where to start after a divorce. It is my hope they will take joy from my story and also find joy in their journeys.”
Approximately two months removed from having made her authorship debut, Neely is seemingly just warming up as a relatively new author.
That’s because the Alton, Illinois native has announced that her solo-authored written work, Positioned To Serve, is currently in the works and scheduled to debut sometime in 2022.
As for her appearance in Finding Joy In the Journey Vol 2 Healthy Ways To Find Joy During Difficult Times 90 Day Devotional, Neely is grateful of the notion that her awe-inspiring message will enrich the lives of others for years to come.
“It doesn’t matter whether you finalized your divorce yesterday or if you’ve been single for years, finding joy after a divorce may seem impossible,” Neely explained. “Let’s not sugarcoat the situation. Divorce is hard and one of the most difficult things anyone of us can experience. However, take note that there’s still light at the end of the tunnel and God has a plan for your life.”
That, after all, serves as a notable reminder that there’s great power when we steadfastly find the strength to encourage ourselves in the Lord our God, a trend that played out on Neely’s Facebook timeline just before midday Thursday.
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“Find yourself again and the things you have always wanted to do,” Neely said. “Find the support you need to heal so that you can truly live your best life.”
Even after a tumultuous, stormy broken marriage that ultimately ends in a dreaded divorce.
After all, weeping may endure a night, but joy — in the journey — comes in the morning.
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