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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Bountiful Wellspring of Joy

            Have you had your Joy Juice today?  Is your heart like a “well-spring” of joy?

            King Soloman said in Proverbs 4:23: “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life”.

What is a well-spring?  One dictionary says: “a source of continual supply”. But I like this definition even better:  “An original and bountiful source of something!”  What is in your heart?  Is there original and bountiful joy coming straight from the “source” named Jesus?  

Our heart is extremely valuable.  That’s why we are admonished to guard it above all else! Worthless things don’t need guarding!  At my house, we leave our trash can by the road for anyone to have…it they’d like; there is nothing of value in it, I can assure you! 

          But that is certainly not true with each of our hearts! Michael Hyatt teaches that our heart is the essence of who we are!  He writes: “It is your authentic self—the core of your being. It is where all your dreams, your desires, and your passions live. It is that part of you that connects with God and other people.  This is why Solomon says, ‘Above all else.’ He doesn’t say, ‘If you get around to it, it would be nice….” No, he says:”Make it your top priority.”

                Each of us is a model for someone.  We should make certain that our heart is guarded and that it is a wellspring of good, godly things…such as joy in the Lord!

              May your wellspring be an original and bountiful source of joy.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

May Your Heart Overflow with His Joy

            Have you had your Joy Juice today?  When we enjoy the joy of the Lord, it brings joy to God our Father…because He loves for His joy to be our joy!

            Now…that’s a lot of joy! But there is such truth in that statement. Have you ever considered how thrilled God is over our heart-felt devotion; and when His joy becomes ours, He truly is pleased!

            We receive “joy-gifts” all along our way throughout each day. If our love for the Lord is sincere, we should be willing to give gifts back to Him.  Gifts of worship, honor, obedience…not because He demands them, but because we love Him and want to show our gratitude for Who He is!   Sincere love should overflow …just as the verse in Proverbs 4:23 says:  Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”
                Do love and joy flow from your heart? Author Liz Curtis Higgs writes: “Flow is a wonderful thing.  Every minute of every hour our beating hearts send blood through our bodies, keeping us alive. We don’t have to think about it.  We don’t have to plot, plan or practice. It just flows. 

                Each time we love and trust instead of fret and fuss, God changes our stop-and-go into flow.  What might you start doing—or stop doing—to keep your heart pure so God’s love can pour through you?”   

                May your heart overflow with God’s love and joy!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Flow Toward Joy

            Have you had your Joy Juice today?  Keep your heart prepared to receive generous portions of joy in the Lord!

            When God tells us in Proverbs 4:23 to “guard your heart”, He doesn’t say, “if you feel like it” or “when it’s convenient” or “sometimes you need to be on guard.” He commands us: “Above all things….GUARD YOUR HEART!”  It’s not a suggestion.  He wants us to keep our hearts pure and right and ready to be blessed with His best.

            To guard means to protect. When we protect our thoughts, our plans, our desires from ungodly things, then we will be guarding our heart in the way God intends. In her book 31 Verses to Write on Your Heart,  Liz Curtis Higgs points out why our heart is so important to God. 

·         It’s where we store His word: Job 22:22 says: “Lay up his words in your heart.”
·         It’s where we respond to His invitation: Deut. 6:5 tells us to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart.”
·         It’s where we learn to trust Him. Proverbs 3:5:  “Trust in the Lord with all your heart.”

The author continues: “With our hearts safely in His hands, our lives flow in the right direction.”

      Guard your heart and flow toward joy!