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Monday, February 15, 2016

Think "Joy" & Be "Joy-Full"!

            Have you had your JOY JUICE today?  Are you thinking sweet, joy-filled thoughts?

            We’ve just celebrated Valentine’s Day! Many of us have taken the opportunity to express our loving thoughts through cards and other gifts. What a great time for people to express their thoughts of love and friendship.  But often we have thoughts which are not so kind.  We keep those thoughts to ourselves because “private thoughts” don’t affect others….right?  Let’s go to scripture to find wisdom regarding that.

            Proverbs 23:7 says: “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.”

          What kind of thoughts do you most often have?  Are they kind or critical?  Are they peaceful or are they anxious?  You see, whatever we think most often, we become.  If we think loving thoughts, we become more loving.  If we continually think negative thoughts….we find ourselves with a critical spirit!

            Next time we are tempted to focus on angry, bitter, resentful thoughts, let’s ask God to cleanse our mind and make our thoughts pure and good.  We don’t want to become an angry, bitter person.  The enemy delights in filling our minds with negativity. But with God’s help, we can grasp hold of His strength, get those thoughts under control and ask Him replace them with good, kind, loving thoughts.

            So, as you go about your busy day, make sure to continually ask the Lord to help you to have a positive, peaceful, loving thought-life.  This is a major step toward bringing JOY to others, as well as having a JOYful personal outlook on life. 

            Think “joy”! Be “joy-full”!  

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