Good morning friends. Hope you are all well this morning. Do you ever have those times where you have understood for a long time meanings of certain scriptures but then you read a verse and a new understanding shows itself…a light bulb moment as it were.
Good morning friends. Each morning as I read from my devotion book and the bible I try to follow that lesson I have read for that day. Today’s encouraging message is one that really speaks to me while we are in this time of uncertainty and I thought I would share my thoughts. I find it interesting that if we stop and listen, ignoring all the noise that goes around us daily, God’s scripture will open to us and start to make sense. His word never changes and never gets old and can encourage us differently each time we read it depending on what we are going through at the time.
While some of these treasure may come to us wrapped in the form of a trial, the trial itself is designed to shake us free from our perceived thoughts of how we think we are to be, to help understand His prepared path for you for that day. Although it can be a scary time, it is the key to the hidden treasures He has placed strategically along the way to richly bless us.
This is the day that the Lord had made, let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24
Today’s comforting point in Jesus Calling devotion is regardless of your circumstances, you can still have joy. We get confused thinking joy and happiness are the same thing or come from the same feelings, they are not. Joy comes from inside where God allows it to grow for we find joy in His Presence.
Our day can be dark and gloomy surrounded by pain, loss, illness, depression and fear but if we lean on His everlasting arms we can find Joy as we search for it in hidden places. I encourage you today, knowing he creates each day, that he reminds us to be glad and rejoice in it. Somewhere the warmth of His Presence will shine on you and the gloom will soon turn to brightness. Reach out to Him and he will scoop you up in His arms and carry you to a brighter place.
Remember the kindness He has shown you and show it to others. It may be the one thing that cracks that person’s gloom and allows the light of Joy to shine through.
Let Joy brighten your day and you brighten others.
We have all seen the sparkle in a babies eyes but puppies have them too, an honest show of happiness and love.
But they also have cute wrinkles inside their ears.
I know this is kind of stretching the idea about macro but because her cuteness is anything but macro and I had to share.
May I always be as deserving as the the love and devotion I have been shown in all the dogs I own…or may own.
Hoping you Monday was good and that your Tuesday will be even better. Share a kind smile as you go and reflect your light inside.
“And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:20b
Today’s devotion from Jesus Calling by Sarah Young was right on for me. ‘My Presence with you is both a promise and a protection.’
What an awesome reminder. As humans we tend to forget that and get wrapped up in our own self pity and despair, or ride that train of pride and self will forgetting who got us where we are or who has us protected in his hands. ‘The way to stay on the path of life is to keep your focus on Me.’ Awareness of God’s presence has always been our best protection whether on the mountain top of great things or deep in the valley of fear. Never let go of His hand.
Where ever you are in your life journey, remember His presence and try to reflect the grace, love and kindness he has bestowed on you to others. Its a way to make you feel even better than you are making others feel.
I wanted to say a quick word of encouragement this morning before heading to work as I was blessed by my devotion this morning from Jesus Calling by Sarah Young and wanted to share it with you.
Grow strong in the Light of My Presence. As My Face shine upon you, you receive nutrients that enhance your growth in grace. I designed you to commune with Me face to Face and this interaction strengthens your soul. Read Psalm 4:6-8
My prayer for you today is to feel the warmth of His Light and Love as He shines upon you this and every day. As you take in that warmth and light, reflect it on others and always be Kind.