Friday Joy!

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Happy Friday Friends,

As we come to the end of November I wanted to let you know about what is coming up in December here at Living Joy Today. Things will be changing  up  with a series on Advent which will be posted on the four Sundays of Advent and the morning of December 24th, Christmas Eve.

To also add a little fun in the mix, since it is the season of Jesus and I do love giving, I am going to be giving away gift cards each week.  To be eligible for the give away, be a follower of Living Joy Today, like the post, and leave a comment.  It would also be great if you would share the blog with a friend,  Sharing is caring and I would love the Word of Jesus to spread.

Look Up, Let Go, Live Joy,

Jane Ann

Motivation For Your Monday! Celebrating The Savior

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As November draws to a close this week, let’s continue to give God the praise and thanks for all things and people in our lives.   Thanks be to God for His never-failing love, peace, kindness, and strength.  But most of all, “Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift”. (2 Corinthians 9:15) Jesus Christ our Savior!   Amen!

Look Up, Let Go, Live Joy,

Jane Ann

Friday Joy!

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Be thankful on all days in all our ways.

Look Up, Let Go, Live Joy,

Jane Ann

6 Mighty Verses To Meditate On This Thanksgiving Season

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Meditating on scripture is a great way to make us slow ourselves down and be still with God.  When we take the time to meditate on God’s Word, we discover the meaning and how we can apply God’s wisdom and discernment in our daily lives.

“How does one meditate on scripture?”, you might ask. There are no right or wrong ways to meditate on Bible verses, like exercising, you just have to start.

A few ways I enjoy meditating on scripture are:

  1. Reading through the passage 3 times slowly.
  2. Write the verse in a journal.
  3. Rewrite the verse in first person using the pronouns I, me, and my.
  4. Circle or highlight important words or words that stand out in the verse.
  5. Praying the verse back to God.

There are tons and tons of other ways to meditate on scripture.  Verse mapping is another great way, I will be posting a blog in January on this concept.

What a better season than Thanksgiving to start (or if you are already meditating on scripture) trying a few ways to let God’s word soak into our souls.  Here are 5 mighty verses of Thanksgiving for you to focus on this month.

2 Corinthians 4:15:  All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.

Psalm 9:1:  I will give thanks to you, LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.

1 Thessalonians 5:18: Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Psalm 28:7:  The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.

2 Corinthians 9:11:  You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.

What other verses of Thanksgiving do you love?  Share them in the comments.

Happy meditating.  May you be blessed with God’s grace and love as you spend time in His word and live the Joy that He so graciously gives us through is Word and Holy Spirit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Motivation For Your Monday! Acting In Ways to Honor Jesus

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Joyful Monday Friend and Happy Week of Thanksgiving!  As the big turkey day draws near, our lives tend to get a little more hectic.  Let’s remember  Colossians 3:17 this week as we are out running errands, at work, and with our family to speak and act in ways that honor Jesus,and taking time to give thanks to God through Jesus.

Look Up, Let Go, Live Joy,

Jane Ann

Friday Joy!

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God is oh so fabulous friend. Even when we feel under attack and this world we live in is so unpredictable, God is present and love.  Giving thanks for you and God’s presence and love today!

Look Up, Let Go, Live Joy,

Jane Ann

Six Truths To Remember This Thanksgiving Season

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If you are the chosen one by personal choice or family vote to host Thanksgiving this year I am praying for you.  Hosting is a big job and one that often comes with much anxiety and stress.  However, I’m here to tell you that this year and every year after this does not need to be the case.  No more stressing about how the table is set, if every inch of your house is “Southern Living” perfect, or all courses of dinner are Food Network worthy.

The people you are hosting are family, friends, and maybe an extended family member and acquaintance or two.  People that adore and love you, (and if they don’t that is their problem, they should and we will pray for them).  I understand you want everything to be perfect, but only God is perfect my friend.  We have to change our thinking about why we are hosting.  1 Peter 4:9 says, “Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.”  I add without worry, feeling less than, or doubtful that you can pull it off.

So relax, let your Heavenly Father transform your mind (Romans 12:2) and take note of these six truths that will help you, as the chosen host of Thanksgiving, make this the most stress free and blessed Thanksgiving ever.

2 Timothy 1:8-10 : Christ died for us so we will live for Him.  This day isn’t about us friend, it’s always about our Savior.

James 1:17 :  The Lord gives us good gifts from His unconditional love for us. God has given the gift of hospitality, host to honor him.

Matthew 10:42: We will never lose the rewards God has stored up for us. Hosting humbly honors God and you will be rewarded beyond your imagination.

Romans 8:17:  We belong to God’s family and we are coheirs with Christ.  Host to the glory of God, even if the turkey is dry, the candle wax drips on the tablecloth, and a teenager complains for having to sit at the kiddie table.

Ephesians 5:1: We are the Lord’s beloved children.  Follow his example when hosting, host with love.

And Finally, the sixth truth to help you rethink that hosting Thanksgiving has to be an all out host the queen event:

Philippians 4:13:  We can do ALL things through Christ who gives us strength.  It takes a lot of strength to do all that cooking.  Turn to your Savior, he is there for you. (and you also might consider turning to your family and friends and making it a pitch-in this year)

So as we are in full Thanksgiving mode, I pray we will slow down, take time in God’s truths, and remember to relax.  I pray we will just give thanks to God for His amazing love, grace, and blessings he bestows on us daily and that we will be humble hosts and hostesses.

Turning to God’s word and truths will always give us the confidence we need whether hosting Thanksgiving, being the guest at dinner, applying for a new job, standing before a crowd of people presenting a talk for the first time or whatever God is calling us to do in this season.

Heavenly Father I ask that you will be with all of those who are hosting Thanksgiving in their homes this season.  May you help them keep their focus on you as they prepare their homes and food.  Father I also lift up to you those families who are estranged  from each other. Holidays can be difficult and stressful times for any of us.  I pray for healing in their lives, that they may find you, Father, and be reunited in love and faith. God I ask that you be with all of those that have lost family members, their homes, and lively hoods in the fires that continue to burn in California.  I pray protection over all those fighting the fires and first responders.  Lord I thank you for all of our blessings you so lovingly give us.  In your precious Son’s name I pray, Amen.