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Monday, June 26, 2017

God's Joy is Contagious!

                Have you had your Joy Juice today?  When we are intentional about sharing the joy of the Lord, we may become passionate!

                 The Lord has given me a passion to share His joy! What is your passion? I believe the more we talk about and focus on something, the more intentional we become about making it a goal.  So, here I go again! Who couldn’t use more JOY in their life?  Especially…..Joy from the Lord!

                JOY is a healer! Proverbs 17:22 reminds us that  “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”  Many times a happy heart leads to laughter! Doctors tell us that laughter has many benefits: 

  • It reduces stress and tension
  • It strengthens our immune system
  • It’s great exercise for our lungs
  • It increases circulation
  • It even reduces pain

 God created us with a need for joy and laughter.  Can you remember the last time you had a good belly laugh?  If you can’t, you need some serious Joy therapy!  Find some good friends who love to laugh and hang out with them for a while.  Try to see the humor in your circumstances….Laugh at yourself! If all else fails, find some children to keep you company.  Volunteer at school or church in the children’s department and I can assure you that there will be plenty of laughter.

             Look for reasons to laugh! God delights when His children are joyful. And JOY is contagious!

Friday, June 23, 2017

A Heart of Pure Joy

         Have you had your Joy Juice today?  It’s a great weapon against discouragement!

            Powerful truth is found in Proverbs 4:23! “Above all else, guard your heart for it is the wellspring of life.”  This applies to every person, regardless of age, gender or spiritual maturity.  Each of us should be “on guard”. Why?

            Our hearts are under constant attack! We live in a combat zone.  Many people are oblivious to this reality.  But be assured that there is an enemy who is always working against us to cause destruction….ripping marriages apart, tearing children away from their parents, stealing reputations and trying unlimited ways to destroy Christians. The enemy often uses weapons such as disappointment, discouragement and disillusionment. Ever been tempted to throw in the towel, give up and give in?  That’s why we need a healthy spiritual heart!  It’s imperative that we guard it with God’s Word.

            King Solomon said that our hearts are like a wellspring.  Though a heart may start out like a natural spring of pure, clean water, it can get contaminated.  If we plug up that spring, we stop the flow.  The water can become poisoned…toxic. In a similar way, if our heart is unhealthy, it has great impact on everything else…our thoughts, our actions, the way we treat others….and so much more.

           May our “wellspring” always flow---freely--- from a heart of pure joy in the Lord.

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.