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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Dance a Joy Jig!

Have you had your Joy Juice today?  On occasion, it’ll make you feel like singing and dancing!

Psalms 96:1 says: “Sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth.”
Have you ever done that?  Our Disaster Response Team witnessed a great example of this as our  Louisiana brother and sister, Leonard and Mildred, danced a “joy jig” (as I like to call it.) When they saw the improvements made to their flooded-out home, their hearts were overflowing.  We actually witnessed with our own eyes the joy of Leonard as he danced and praised the Lord on the front stoop of the home.

            As I pondered that sweet memory, I had to ask myself the question: “How often do I stop to give heart-felt thanks to our Father for the basics of life, for the blessings of provision, for the many extras that I take for granted? The air that we breathe, good health, more food than we really need, relationships, clean clothes, soap and hot water to bathe every day……so many, many blessings for which we may forget to thank God.

            One way to increase our awareness of how grateful we should be is to seek out someone less fortunate. Find out how to help them.  Our perspective changes.  We see more clearly our own blessings.  Our problems diminish as we focus on the challenges others are facing.  You don’t have to go on a mission trip to reach out and help. Opportunities are all around us!

            Sing a new song as God reveals who He has ordained for you to help today.  Then get ready to dance your joy jig!

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