Devotion

The Promise of the Faithful is JOY!

Have you ever thought about the relationship between our level of thankfulness and joy? How about the posture of our attitudes, especially during these times of uncertainty?

I have to admit, most of the time I am a positive, glass half full kind of gal. I keep up with my gratitude journal, thanking God for all of the many, many blessings He has provided me. Lately, though, I have felt a bit lagging in the Joy department.

Now when I talk about Joy, I’m not speaking of being happy, like I am happy the sun is shining today or jumping around all giddy because our local grocery store actually had toilet paper on the shelves today. No, Joy is deeper. As Cardinal Timothy Dolan writes in his book, “Who Do You Say I Am”, “Joy is not a hyperpositive mania about everything and seeing the world through rose-colored glasses. That would tend to be very annoying wouldn’t it?” He continues, “By joy, I’m talking about interior peace. This, Saint Paul teaches, gives rise to exterior happiness. Joy gives us freedom but doesn’t make us reckless. True joy won’t get on your nerves.”

I have read this description of joy several times and just let the words, “interior peace” sink into my soul.

Living joy today means we live with inner peace daily.

How do we then obtain this inner peace each day of our lives?

Jesus died a painful death after living a blameless, sinless life so we could be free of our sins. He invites us everyday to wear the clothing of salvation with overabundant joy.

A sure fire way to level up our joy is to fortify it with gratitude. Start each day with an attitude of thankfulness for all God has and will continue to do for us. This type of attitude allows us to live according to God’s will and not our own. We will be more “God-Conscientious” and as we move throughout our day we will turn to Him for more strength.

He is the fuel for our Joy.

He can and will bring the inner peace, Joy, we so desire and want. It is also His desire for us. As 1 Thessalonians 5:18 reminds us, “give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

What are you thankful for today? I can’t be more thankful for an amazing God who loves me unconditionally, forgives me of my sins, strengthens me when I am weak, all when I am not deserving.

Oh, and not to forget an amazing mom who talked me off the ledge today during a little break down. Listing your home during the Covid-19 can be a bit overwhelming, as if selling a home during “normal” circumstances isn’t stressful enough! I know God’s got this too if I just remember to:

Look up, Let Go, and Live Joy! And start and end each day with Thanksgiving.

Devotion

I Am Yours

What a blessing it is to be alive today in Christ! A blessing to know that I am not my own, that I am His.

I often get caught up in my own little world doing my own projects and forget that exorbitant blessing. Going about my day, even in the midst of this pandemic of the Covid-19, my tiny universe is moving right along. The plans my husband and I have made for our future seem to be on track, even though the “market” is in a weird state of flux. Our children appear to be adjusting just fine to home schooling (a bit bored, but aren’t we all), and I have all the time in the world to clean and disinfect my house. Life is good.

But is it so good I need not remember every day whose I am? That I can do all things in my own strength, will, and way?

Uh, no. the answer to all those questions is a big fat no.

Everyday I need to wake up remembering whose I am. I am not my own, I belong to my Savior, Jesus Christ.

I need to remember that not every day has been easy. There were and will be days of struggle, despair, and heartbreak again. Aren’t these the times we usually always remember to cry out to Jesus for His strength and support.

For me, those are the days I am most likely to remember whose I am. I cry out to Jesus. And I can tell you when I do, on those days when my heart is aching the most, I always find peace. It may not be instantly, but the peace and answers always come. God’s blessings show up one way or another.

So I ask myself, if only I would call out to Jesus and let Him know “I am not mine Jesus, I am Yours” on the good days, how much better could those days be?

I need Jesus everyday!

Today’s verse reminds me that He is the creator of All. He is in control 365 days of the year. He will lead us down straight paths when we let him know we are not our own, we are His.

Look Up, Let Go, Live Joy!

Side Note: I am blessed to be living in an area of the country that has not been a “Hot Spot” for Covid-19. My prayers daily go out to those of you living in the areas where this virus has hit the hardest. I pray for those who have lost loved ones and could not be there with them during their last minutes. I want you to know your loved ones were not alone. Jesus was with them. You may not find comfort in this today as your heart is hurting, but just call out to Jesus, He will heal you and bring you peace.

Devotion

All For Us

Today is a day to be still for just a few minutes. Breath in the overwhelming blessings we have because of the sufferings Jesus endured for us to conquer death forever.

Heavenly Father,

Help us never to take God’s amazing gift of love on our behalf for granted. Help us daily to be mindful of the cost that was paid. Forgive us, Father, as we easily get distracted and busy in our daily lives and are not fully aware of what Jesus’ death on the cross has freely given to us. Eternal Life.

We praise you Lord, that by the wounds you suffered we are healed. We give thanks to you that sin and death are no more and your Power, Love, and Might are forever.

In Jesus Name, Amen.

Look Up, Let Go, Live Joy!

Devotion, Verse of the Day

Amazing Love

Today, this Thursday before Easter is Maundy Thursday. It is the day known to Christians as the day Jesus ate His Last Supper with his Disciples, washed their feet, and gave them a New Commandment to “Love one another, just as I have loved you.” John 13:34

What does this new commandment mean for us today?

Jesus loves everyone and He made the greatest sacrifice to give us Salvation, an incredible gift that secures us from the penalty that we deserve. As our verse tells us today, “He died for us while we were still sinners.” Jesus gained nothing from loving us, but we gained everything.

Today on this Maundy Thursday, I am taking time to meditate on the command Jesus’ spoke to his disciples in that upper room. The room he humbled himself to wash their feet. The King of Kings, served those He loved.

How can we be better servants for our Savior? How can we better carry our his command to Love others as he has loved us?

Here are a few ideas that came to mind:

Pray for those who have harmed us and pray blessings over them.

Check on our elderly neighbors during this time of having to shelter in place.

Call or Facetime family, friends, and relatives you haven’t spoken to in some time.

Donate to a food pantry or organization that provides for the needy, veterans, or homeless.

Donate to a charity of your choice.

Whatever it is, let’s just shine Jesus’ light of love to everyone!

Look Up, Let Go, Live Joy!