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Friday, June 10, 2016

Use Your Gratitude Magnet and Attract Joy!

         Have you had your Joy Juice today?  Aren’t you thankful that each morning there are fresh servings of joy awaiting us?!

            The Bible tells us repeatedly that a thankful heart is a good thing!  When we are genuinely grateful, our whole demeanor changes and our thought process shifts. Humility steps into our lives and we begin to think of others…before ourselves.

            Author and speaker Barbara Johnson gives a wonderful analogy. She says: “Imagine that we were given a dish of sand with particles of iron in it.  We would look for the iron by shifting our clumsy fingers through the sand, but we wouldn’t find much. If we took a magnet, however, and pulled it through the sand, it would draw to itself the almost invisible iron particles.  The unthankful heart, like the clumsy fingers, discovers no mercies; but let the thankful heart sweep through the day, and as the magnet finds the iron, so will the thankful heart find heavenly blessings every time!” 

             When we look for those “joy gifts” all along our path, we WILL find them.  But our “gratitude magnet” must be ready to detect God’s gifts.   Remember the beautiful passage in Lamentations 3:22-23:  “It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.  They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.”

                 Look for the joy of the Lord in each new day; humbly and gratefully accept God’s valuable gift of faithfulness.

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