Joy Comes in the Morning

13 08 2012

Sing to the Lord, all you godly ones!

Praise his holy name.
For his anger lasts only a moment,
but his favor lasts a lifetime!
Weeping may last through the night,
but joy comes with the morning.   Psalm 30-4-5

Joyful days are a blessing. I am so thankful that the Lord provides gladness that is based on the recognition of who He is in our lives. We may have “night” experiences where it seems that tears and uncertainty are the norm but our Heavenly Father is faithful to provide a new supply of mercy with the rising of the sun to allow us to experience His joy.   Joy is a powerful healer for hurt and pain. His Joy provides strength for us to endure despite difficult circumstances. I am thankful for His Joy, His goodness and His mercy toward me.

…for the joy of the LORD is your strength. Nehemiah 8:10b

The Good Things

7 08 2012

Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things he does for me. Psalm 103:2

We live blessed lives and often beyond measure. We could take it for granted that we live in this place, at this time with the people who love us. But when I think of the miracle of my life with the abundant experiences of love, peace and joy, I am thankful. We often think of tangible things, when we picture God’s benefits. I am also thankful for God’s provision and so thankful for peace in my mind and soul that allows me to know that I am blessed. I am thankful for all the good things that our Heavenly Father provides.

Think of His Goodness

31 07 2012

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lordforever.  

Psalm 23:5-6

My heart is full this morning thinking about God’s goodness. Just thinking about God’s

mercy and His unconditional love for me gives me such joy and a heart of gratitude. Since I started this journey in relationship with the Father through His son Jesus Christ, my life has been truly blessed. Even when I have fallen short of my best for Him, He has shown me mercy in ways that I could not imagine. At times, I thought I had “problems” but everything is relative. He has turned those problems into stepping stones of my faith. I am thankful.

I have a blessed life. My family is blessed and it is all due to His goodness and mercy toward me. Today, I want to dwell on His eternal blessings on my life and keep His joy in my heart and His praises on my lips.

His Joy and My Strength

2 07 2012

…And do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”  Nehemiah 8:10b

The Joy of the Lord is our strength.   I feel so blessed that we can look to our heavenly Father each day for strength. Looking to Him, seeking Him and pressing our way to be closer to Him can provide a fresh wind when we need it. I believe that we live in a time where strength and endurance are needed. Our lives appear to be in a marathon where we need to continue to move at a steady, consistent pace that allows us to continue to move toward our purpose. Our God is faithful to meet our needs and provide a source of peace and happiness each step of the way.

A Singing Heart

16 05 2012

So then, be very careful how you live. Don’t live like foolish people but like wise people. Make the most of your opportunities because these are evil days. So don’t be foolish, but understand what the Lord wants. Don’t get drunk on wine, which leads to wild living. Instead, be filled with the Spirit by reciting psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs for your own good. Sing and make music to the Lord with your hearts. Always thank God the Father for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Ephesians 5:15-20

Living according to God’s plan for our lives will allow our hearts to sing. It brings about an image of incredible peace and joy that is pleasing to God. We receive so many cues from the world that may not be based on God’s word or His pathway for living a blessed life. Our passage today is reminder of the importance of seeking God’s direction according to His word and His will for our lives. We need His wisdom to set the essential priorities for successful living. A prioritization of our time, our effort and our resources with our Heavenly Father as the lead creates the framework for a fulfilled life. I am so thankful to God for His blessings to me. I pray today for His wisdom to flow freely in my thinking and my decisions. And that I will have courage to follow Him where He leads. Creating the divine order in our priorities leads to a joyful heart that sings.

Count it All Joy

8 12 2011

Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing. James 1:2-4

Many mornings we wake up not knowing what the day has in store for us. Some days bring challenges that make us wonder how we will make it through. Our troubles may impact our lives in many ways, health, finances, and relationships, just to name a few. The writer encourages us in this passage to “consider it an opportunity for great joy” another translation says to “count it all joy”. If you are like me, when trouble arrives at our doorstep, for many of us, our first response is something less than joy. It may look more like worry or concern. But what if we approached each problem knowing that God is on our side and that our Father was able to lead us and guide us and to provide for all of our needs. What if we knew at the beginning of the problem that the experience would strengthen our faith and that we would come out stronger in the process?  We are encouraged to approach our trials and troubles this way. It is a blessed life with joy that allows us to put our trust in Him.

Walking in Joy

7 09 2011

Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again-rejoice! Philippians 4:4

Living with a glad heart is a blessed life. Unlike what most people think I believe joy is more than an emotion. It is a conscious decision to recognize God’s blessings in our lives, both big and small. It is hard to think of God’s goodness and not express gladness and praise.

Just think, walking in joy…

  • Is a decision – This is the day which the Lord has brought about; we will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118: 24
  • Provides strength – a tool for endurance- The Joy of the Lord is my strength. Nehemiah 8:10
  • Shows with a smile – A glad heart makes a cheerful countenance, but by sorrow of heart the spirit is broken. Proverbs 15: 13
  • Blesses us with the desires of our Hearts – Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you the desires and secret petitions of your heart. Psalm 37: 4

In the passage for today, Paul puts double emphasis on rejoicing in the Lord. It is important for our successful living and our pleasing walk with the Lord.