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Friday, October 20, 2017

Soothing Words...Full of Joy!

            Have you had your Joy Juice today?  When you speak to others are your words soothing….a gift of joy?

                Proverbs gives us many pearls of wisdom…nuggets of truth…I like to call them “jewels of joy”. One such verse is found in Chapter 15, verse 4:

 “A soothing tongue is a tree of life, but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit.”
            How true! 

  • A crying baby relaxes when it hears the soothing voice of its mother.

  • An argument can often be defused when calm, soothing words are used.
  •    If fear is threatening to consume us, a wise person can speak words of wisdom and calming by using a “soothing tongue”.
         Are we sensitive to the words which pass through our lips?  They come from the heart… for our words to be soothing, we must release any bitterness & anger, and ask God to replace the negative with good, pure, lovely, joyful thoughts.  We don’t want our words to crush the spirit… of anyone.  It should be our desire, instead, to edify, build up, encourage one another by using a “soothing tongue”, as the scripture says. 
            How many of us recognize that we can be like a nourishing “tree of life” to someone—speaking soothing words which remind them that they are God’s creation and that He has a purpose for their life.   Be God’s joy-filled instrument and speak words of peace and wisdom.

          May our words be soothing and full of joy! And may our tree of life bloom, blossom and flourish!         

Thursday, October 19, 2017

May Your Tree of LIfe Produce Abundant Joy

            Have you had your Joy Juice today?  Climb the tree of life and harvest the fruit of joy. 

            Proverbs 11:30 says: “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who is wise wins souls.”

According to an article by David Reagan:
“The tree of life is mentioned ten times in the Bible.
  • Three times in Genesis
  • Four times in Proverbs
  • Three times in Revelation
The tree is mentioned three times in the Garden of Eden, but it is lost because of the fall of man. However, it is mentioned three times in the New Jerusalem as restored to its rightful place in the midst of paradise.  Total times the tree is mentioned in the Old Testament—SEVEN—a number revealing God’s perfect work. It is mentioned three times in the New Testament—a number revealing God’s perfect being.”

            Let’s focus today on the verse in Proverbs that we just read: ”The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who is wise wins souls.”  There is much wisdom in that little verse, but if we get no other truth, may it be to allow the fruit of righteousness to flourish in our “tree of life” and may our passion be to win souls for Christ.

            May your tree of life flourish with an abundant crop of joy.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Flourish Like an Olive Tree

              Have you had your Joy Juice today?  Allow God to fill you with His love and joy so that you will flourish!

                I’ve read the Psalms many times, but I saw something “new” as I looked at Psalm 52:8 recently.  David (the writer of this Psalm) said: “I am like an olive tree flourishing in the house of God; I trust in God’s unfailing love for ever and ever.”

                We think we understand what David meant by trusting in God’s love.  God is faithful and loves us unconditionally.  But what did David mean by “flourishing like an olive tree”?  As I searched for explanation and understanding, I found this commentary: “With God by his side, David compared himself to an olive tree flourishing in the house of God. Not only is an olive tree one of the longest-living trees, but a flourishing tree has even greater longevity.  David was contrasting God’s eternal protection of his faithful servants with the destruction of the wicked.”  (Life Application Study Bible)

                Do you see yourself as a flourishing olive tree?  Or do you feel as if you’re weak…like a seedling which has little sunshine & water to grow strong?  To “flourish” in God and experience the security and excitement that David exemplified, we must have the same kind of unwavering faith.  David trusted in God’s love, His protection, His plan.  Is there any question why he could pen the words to this Psalm with such joy and assurance?!

                Praise the Lord! And flourish with joy as you stand strong & long,  like an olive tree.