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Friday, January 20, 2017

Frantic or Faithful?

            Have you had your Joy Juice today?  To prevent frantic thoughts, drinking in the Joy of the Lord is a great remedy!

            If you know me at all or if you’ve listened to Joy Juice even a few times, you could guess that my favorite book of the Bible is Philippians!  Why?  Because it’s the book of JOY! Those four short chapters are filled with truth!   

            Let’s concentrate today on one verse….Philippians 4:6. We can never read it too often.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”

            Don’t ever be anxious or frantic in our thinking???? That’s easier said than done, isn’t it?   I guess we often stop reading after the part that says: DO NOT BE ANXIOUS ABOUT ANYTHING!  We assume WE have to do that…. in our own strength; but that’s not where Paul ended that thought! The “how” comes in the second part of that verse: BUT IN EVERY SITUATION….BY PRAYER & PETITION---WITH THANKSGIVING---PRESENT YOUR REQUESTS TO GOD! 

            We don’t have to feel thankful for what’s happening; but we can be thankful that God is with us and He always hears our prayers!

            Instead of being “frantic”, may we be FAITHFUL believers who choose to “be anxious for nothing” because we take it all to the Lord in prayer.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Perfection or Peace?

            Have you had your Joy Juice today? You don’t have to be perfect to drink in the blessing of God’s joy!

            Would you consider yourself a perfectionist?  Certainly, we want to strive to do our best. The Bible even tells us in Colossians 3:23:

“Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men;”

But I don’t see anything in that verse about being perfect, do you? We are to give our very best, but we should not feel condemned or discouraged when we fall short. None of us is (or will ever be) perfect.  And that’s okay.  That is why we need Jesus!

            When we grow in our spiritual walk with God, we will learn to trust Him more.  We will realize our own limitations and see God’s sovereignty and power. Peace will replace our perfectionistic nature as we learn to release our short-comings and weaknesses to Him. God does not expect perfection from any of us.  Instead, Micah 6:8 tells us:

“He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
    And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
    and to walk humbly
with your God.”

            Did you hear those keys to a peaceful life?  He wants us to “act justly,” to “love mercy” and to “walk humbly with God”. 

            Release the obsession of perfectionism and accept God’s gifts of peace and joy.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Searching or Serving?

            Have you had your Joy Juice today?  Seek it! Drink it! And share it!

            Would you classify yourself as one who is searching or serving? Certainly we want to search the scriptures, search for truth and search for God’s plan and purpose for our lives.  But consider the person that searches in the wrong places.  (Isn’t there an old country music song about that?)

            Some people look for success in the workplace as a substitute for success God’s way.  There are those who search for material wealth and possessions rather than God’s inheritance for eternity. Many search for fame and fortune….and sadly end their lives empty and heartbroken.

            Maybe a question to ask ourselves would be, “Do I search or do I serve?”  With God’s help, we can do BOTH!  We can search God’s heart by reading the Bible and spending time in prayer, seeking His wisdom & plan for our lives.  If the eyes and ears of our hearts are open, then He will show us who and where and when to serve! Serving God leads us to serve others.

            There are many ways of serving---dynamic ways and quiet ways. Even something as seemingly small as an encouraging word to someone at just the appropriate time is a way to serve.  Proverbs 15:23 says:

 “A person finds joy in giving an apt reply— and how good is a timely word!”

            Let’s focus on serving the Lord and sharing His joy with our words, our actions and our kind deeds.