Amplified Bible (AMP)
17 And the effect of righteousness will be peace [internal and external], and the result of righteousness will be quietness and confident trust forever.
It's been quiet. He asked me to be quiet. I had to use my words to say the hard things and then let God do what He will. And then there was just nothing left. Yesterday found me yet again wanting to chunk it all. And in that He reminded me of what He has for so long...give it away....use your words when there aren't any left. Use them for the benefit of someone else. And when I do, I find myself filled with grace. When I do, I find He meets my needs, even the smallest ones. The ones that seem silly and of no bearing and are just heart thoughts. Yet He sees every one. In purposely giving thanks and sharing His goodness in my life with others I am reminded, He has never failed me. He has never left me. He has never once told me that what I dream doesn't matter. I may not understand the way, but in looking not at my own self, but at those around me, He lead us. One hand holding the other. Thankful.
The Voice (VOICE)
17 Even if the fig tree does not blossom
and there are no grapes on the vines,
If the olive trees fail to give fruit
and the fields produce no food,
If the flocks die far from the fold
and there are no cattle in the stalls;
18 Then I will still rejoice in the Eternal!
I will rejoice in the God who saves me!