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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Promises of Joy and Peace

            Have you had your Joy Juice today?  Drink it in faith that genuine joy can be yours.

            You remember that time when you got your feelings hurt because of careless words that seemed to be a dagger aimed right at your heart!? What about the time you overheard a person criticizing a family member; did it make you angry?  We can’t control someone else’s words!  What we can do is pray that God will give us wisdom to know how to react to these types of hurtful situations.

            What about when GOD hurts our feelings?  Will you admit to that?  Are you ever disappointed that He has not answered a certain prayer…one that you’ve prayed for a very long time?  Or when He allows bad things to happen, even though you are trying to live a Christian life?  How do we handle those kinds of situations?

            People often quote the verse in Proverbs 3:5:

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart
    and lean not on your own understanding;”

            That’s an easy verse to memorize; but it is extremely difficult to do when we want to know the “whys” and how to plan for the future.  We DON’T understand everything…and never will we understand some things. YET....we can trust in His love and know that we are His.  He has made many promises to His children.  Let’s focus on those promises and find God’s “joy-gifts” hidden among the questions.

           Trust, even when you don’t understand. Be GOD-CONFIDENT and find the promises of joy and peace.

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