Verse of the Day

Waiting With Hope

Heavenly Father I come to you today asking that this virus that is infecting millions across the globe be completely eradicated from their bodies, Lord. I pray they will be healed fully and restored to health. Be with all of those treating the sick and keep them well. Your word tells us that you are in control, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. ” (Psalm 46:1) Father I pray that our fears and anxieties be released to you in your safe arms where we know there is a bright hope coming. We wait expectantly for you. Until then Father, help us to find peace and joy in our circumstances. The media is bringing us the doom and gloom of this horrible virus, and it is terrible. But I know Father, we can, through your strength, bring hope and love to our world. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Look Up, Let Go, Live Joy!

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Devotion

Looking Up and Letting Go, For Real

I have taken a little time away from my devotional writing to pray and ask God what His plans are for me and Living Joy Today. It has become quite clear, with the Covid-19 Pandemic or Coronavirus and the wide- spread panic it is causing so many, I feel God is calling me to write words of encouragement. HIS WORDS of Truth, Hope, and Love.

As Isaiah 41:10 tells us, “FEAR NOT, for I AM WITH YOU;
    be NOT dismayed, for I AM your God;
I WILL STRENGTHEN you, I WILL HELP you,
    I will UPHOLD you with my RIGHTEOUS RIGHT HAND. (my emphasis)

Yes, this is a scary time in our country, but we don’t need to panic and on the other end we don’t need to take a laissez- faire attitude either. We simply need to come together as children of God, “One Nation Under God” and heed the messages of our leaders.

As Followers of Christ, we need to have faith in God’s word when He tells us in Philippians 4:19 “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” God is going to make sure we all have what we need during this time. As His children we need to set the example not to hoard medical supplies that our medical facilities need in order to help the truly sick. We need not hoard the food, cleaning supplies, and toilet paper in our stores. God will supply when we Look up, Let Go, and have faith in His word. For real.

Psalm 37:4 Reminds us, “Take delight in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.”

Precious Friend, I invite you to join me in praying for our world, our country, and our communities as we are all affected by this invisible virus. I pray for the anxiety to be released. Your word tells us, “Do not fear, for your are with us.” Father I pray that as “One Nation Under God” we will lift our eyes to you, trusting in you, knowing you are in control and You will strengthen us all.

I lift up our Government leaders, all who are working in our hospitals and first responders who are taking care of the sick. I ask Father, that you will keep them well. I pray for the scientists of the world that a vaccine and treatment for Covid-19 will be discovered soon and released, as well as treatments for other illnesses we currently do not have treatments or cures. Father in your Holy Name I pray, Amen.

Over the next few weeks, I will be posting a verse of the day. It is my hope to share God’s love, light, and truth during these anxious and concerning times.

Look Up, Let Go, Live Joy! For Real!

Devotion

The One You Need to Complete You This Year

Happy New Year! it is super exciting to begin another year of devotions, sharing the love and joy of Christ with you. Last year I started the year by choosing a “Word of the Year” for myself in which I would embrace and connect with throughout the year. The 2019 word “Grow” worked well for me in so many areas of my life that I decided to give this word thing another go this year. My word for 2020 is “Present”.

Now for all of you that know me well, I am sure you are thinking the worst here. And I hate to tell you, “You are wrong.” I am not asking for gifts this year by choosing this word just because I do love presents! (Secretly I do believe I am an elf all year long. My favorite food being sugar, shopping being one of my favorite hobbies, for a deal of course, Christmas is my favorite holiday and I love getting and giving gifts, celebrating people for their accomplishments and mile stones.)

But seriously this year I want and need to be “present”. Every day. First and foremost with Jesus. Life gets busy, fast. I tend to get easily agitated and out of sorts, being pulled in so many directions, looking for the answers here, there, and everywhere, except for where I should be looking for them, up. Looking up to Jesus.

Colossians 2:2-3 reminds me:

All the answers I am ever seeking are with Jesus, “in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” When I am “present” with Him daily and throughout my day, I will be given the wisdom and knowledge I need to make the right decisions I am seeking.

In the beautiful daily devotional, “Jesus Always” by Sarah Young she writes, “Remind yourself of this glorious truth frequently whispering: ‘Jesus, You are my Treasure. In You I am Complete'”.

By turning my thoughts to “The One Who Completes Me” allows me to give my life focus and purpose.

And with focus and purpose I find the Joy that John writes about in Chapter 15 verses 10-11:

I don’t know about you friend, but I sure want the Joy of Jesus completing me! So this year my word, “Present” is leading me to be present with Him everyday, all day.

I have been starting my mornings reading again this year “Jesus Always” by Sarah Young. https://www.amazon.com/Jesus-Always-Embracing-Presence-Calling%C2%AE/dp/0718039505/ref=sr_1_2?crid=3P3W8XJE1UZ86&keywords=jesus+always&qid=1579440771&sprefix

If you have not read any of her daily devotionals, I highly recommend them. It’s like a little message directly from Jesus everyday. I have also gone back to something I had slipped away from doing regularly in my morning quiet time, meditating. Depending on the day, whether I have to go to work or its a weekend, I spend 10-20 minutes in quiet meditation. I love being still with Jesus. Being present. There is no right or wrong way to meditate. Find a comfortable position, and be still. Start with 5-10 minutes and gradually you can increase your time. I personally find myself refreshed and ready to start the hectic part of my day after this intimate time with Jesus.

One of my favorite ways to stay connected to Jesus throughout the day is to listen to many great Christian artists. I play them while I am getting ready for work, driving to work, and during my work day.

I also tune into my favorite podcast that focus on Christian living for recovering perfectionists and sensitive people. Check out Grit ‘N’ Grace Girls with Amy Carol and Cheri Gregory. https://gritngracegirls.com/

Another favorite podcast is Joyce Meyer “Enjoying Everyday Life” https://joycemeyer.org/todaysshow/takejoyceeverywhere#podcasts

There are tons of podcasts out there. I’d love to here from you. What podcasts do you listen to that encourage and motivate you to live your best life in Christ. Leave me a comment.

I tend to be a “Squirrel in traffic”, focusing on many agenda items at once. My goal, by having “Present” as my word of the year, is to help me to be “hands-on” and “in-tune” with each person individually I come in contact with. I believe by being present with Jesus, first, letting Him be the One who Completes me, I can accomplish this goal, and anything. Because All things are possible with Jesus!

I want to give a little shout out here to Joy A. Mead. She nominated me for a Blogger to Blogger Award called the Versatile Blogger Award. Please check out Joy’s blog here: https://joyamead.com/ Joy is a beautiful Christian woman from California now raising her family just outside of London with her Englishman husband, Charlie. You can also see the other blogs she nominated.

I will be participating in this award next month so please check back to see my nominations!

Until then,

Look Up, Let Go, Live JOY!

Devotion

Five Gifts In His Name

As we enter into this busy holiday season, let’s not forget the ultimate reason why we celebrate with friends and family. And maybe this year will be the year we all take a deep breath, relax, and take some time to Thank God for the Truth of the season and the gifts he gives us right in his son’s name.

JESUS.

God has blessed us with so many amazing gifts through his son, Jesus. Whom he sent to this world to live and breath as a human. To feel, suffer, and ultimately give us the greatest gift of all, dying on the cross for our sins so we will one day have eternal life with Him in Heaven.

As you are hustling and bustling through this season, maybe feeling overwhelmed with everything, here are five gifts of Jesus just for you, in His name.

Heavenly Father,

I thank you for the gift of your son, Jesus Christ who endured more suffering than any of us could ever imagine so we could be set free. Father I pray for all of those tender hearts during this holiday season who are struggling with addiction, abuse, loss, hunger, and illness. May your gift of Jesus bring Love, Hope, Peace, and Healing to our hurting world. I also pray Father as we leave another year and bring in a new one that more and more people will find the gifts of Jesus. In His Holy Name, Amen.

Blessing and Thanks to each of you who have been along with me, Living Joy this year. I look forward to new adventures in Jesus in 2020! I hope you will join me.

Look Up, Let Go, Live Joy,

Jane Ann