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Friday, August 18, 2017

Sing a Song of Joy....Even If You Don't Know the Words!

            Have you had your Joy Juice today?  Sing a song of joy….even if you are not sure of the words!

            When Papa Pat and I spend time with our grandjoys, there is usually singing going on.  Some songs are oldie-goldies and we know all the words.  But if we can’t remember, we just make up a song as we go. To the delight of our little ones, they join in with new versions of their own and we usually end up with a case of the giggles.

            Don’t you imagine that our Father God smiles and enjoys our feeble attempts at singing to Him.  He truly doesn’t care if we are on key, whether the rhythm and beat are correct or even if we have the right words….if our hearts are right with Him, filled with love, gratitude and joy, then He delights in our praise songs. 

            Psalm 59:16 is a beautiful expression of how we should sing: 

“But as for me, I shall sing of Your strength; Yes, I shall joyfully sing of Your lovingkindness in the morning.  For You have been my stronghold and a refuge in the day of my distress.” 

                How true are those words! God is our strength; He blesses us continually with His lovingkindness.  He is our stronghold and refuge….in good times & bad. Therefore, we should always have a song of joy in our hearts. 

               Sing with joy…an old song or a new song or one you make up as you go! God hears your heart and it brings Him much delight when you sing praises to Him.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Be Protected! Be Filled with the Joy of Jesus!

            Have you had your Joy Juice today?  Hopefully, you are full of joy because of what you have allowed to enter your heart and mind. 

            We need to be intentional about avoiding negative thoughts. They are like “fiery darts” that we are cautioned to be on guard against in Ephesians 6. We’ve read and studied and discussed and heard all about the armor of God. But do we dress for battle each & every day?

            This may be a good time to be reminded of the scripture that tells us to be ready!  Beginning in verse 13 of Ephesians 6 we find the battle plan:

13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.
14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,
15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.
16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.
17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

                Each day, may we remember to put on the armor of God and divert the enemy by being covered in the joy of the Lord.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Fill My Cup with JOY in the Lord

            Have you had your Joy Juice today?  Refills are always available.

            You may be familiar with the worship song entitled: “Fill My Cup, Lord” by Richard Blanchard.  It tells the story of each of us who desire to be emptied of “self” and “filled” with the love and joy and peace…..of God. Listen & meditate on these lyrics:

Like the woman at the well, I was seeking
For things that could not satisfy.
And then I heard my Savior speaking—
“Draw from My well that never shall run dry.”

Fill my cup, Lord;
I lift it up Lord;
Come and quench this thirsting of my soul.
Bread of Heaven, feed me till I want no more.
Fill my cup, fill it up and make me whole.

                When we come to know Christ in a personal way, we will begin to see life differently.  Instead of being selfish and wanting “things” of this world, we will understand what is truly important….GOD.  He has personal servings of special Joy Juice awaiting you…to quench your thirst and draw you near.

                Psalm 16:5: “LORD, you alone are my portion and my cup; you make my lot secure.”  May we each lift our empty cup toward the Lord and let Him fill it with His best portion.