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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Trust God Completely and Joyfully

            Have you had your Joy Juice today?   Faithfully soak in the joy of the Lord and you will see His faithfulness personally. 

                It is my hope and prayer that each of us knows the truth that God is faithful and that His Word is true.  I guess it’s harder to remember that when we are going through tough challenges and our heart is aching with grief. But the Scripture express the truth of His faithfulness over and over again.  In an article I recently read, the writer explained: “Hebrews 6:18 says God cannot lie, nor can He break an unconditional promise that He says He will fulfill. Every covenant He made is kept. Every promise has or will come true. Testimony after testimony of God’s faithfulness is certainly found throughout the Bible and is still given in testimonies by people today.”

                The article goes on to tell us that: “Accounts of covenants between God and His people can be found approximately 277 times in the Bible. Deuteronomy 7:9 says ‘Know therefore that the LORD your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments.’”

                God doesn’t force us to believe; but He sure does give us countless good reasons to trust in His faithfulness!

               Trust completely and find peace, security and joy in God’s faithful love.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Faithful with His Mercy and Joy

            Have you had your Joy Juice today?  When we faithfully serve others the joy of the Lord, double portions come back to us.

            One of the benefits of growing older is recognizing the faithfulness of God. He repeatedly sends blessings into each of our lives. As we mature spiritually, we realize that we have fewer answers….but, hopefully, more faith in our faithful God. 

·         We may not be able to explain why certain things are happening, but we can trust that his mercies are new every day..and great is His faithfulness!
·         Though there may be more month at the end of our money and we don’t know how we’re going to pay our bills….we can trust in God’s faithful provisions.
·          At times we are heartbroken over the loss of a loved one or a relationship….but GOD REMAINS FAITHFUL! 

            Sheila Walsh beautifully explains the faithfulness of God.  In her words: “I don’t mean that He will wave a magic wand and everything will fall into place; far from it. What it means is that at the darkest times in our lives we will learn to keep turning our faith towards Him for He is faithful. Faithful to be with us, faithful to watch over us, faithful to work in us to make us the men and women we are called to be.” 

Psalm 86:16 says it well: “But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.” 

            Indeed, God is merciful, gracious, loving, faithful and generous with His joy.

Friday, July 21, 2017

TGIAJD! :) (Thank Goodness It's A Joyful Day!)

                Have you had your JOY JUICE today?  Hope you’ve got plenty for the weekend!

                TGIF!!!!!!!!  Thank Goodness It’s Friday!  Do you ever hear anyone say that? Maybe I should ask: How often do you YOU say that?!

                Not many people think to say:  “Thank Goodness it’s Monday!”  But, what a great habit that would be….to start our week off with a joyfully attitude! I’m pretty sure it would make God smile!!!   When the Psalmist wrote “THIS is the day the Lord has made.  Let us rejoice and be GLAD in it!!!!(118:24)”, he wasn’t referring to just Friday…..He meant EVERY day!

                Some weeks are so busy that we can’t wait to see the weekend get here!  But then… do we really slow down? Or do we pack as much as we can into our Saturdays and Sundays? 

                Let’s try to catch up on our rest this weekend and begin the next week with a new twist!  Every morning when we wake up, what if we take a big swig of JOY JUICE and gladly proclaim: “Thank goodness it’s this day!  And this is the day the Lord has made!  I will choose to REJOICE and be glad!” 

 I believe that if we were to develop a habit of beginning our day with a heart full of gratitude, JOY would jump out of bed with us and stick with us like glue throughout the day!   

Thank goodness it’s THIS day.  And this is the day to be JOYful!!