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Sunday, April 13, 2008

Scripture Challenge {Week 15}

Week 15 Challenge Word: Joy

Where does your joy come from? Does it come from wealth, cars, food, “things,” etc.? Or are you waiting on someone else to fill you with joy? People are constantly searching for things to make them happy; however, we are not made for what the world defines as being happy or joyful. We are blessed by being full of joy which only comes from Him through His Holy Spirit.

Let’s look at what joy is. Joy is more than happiness. Joy is a confidence in the truths of God despite your circumstances. Joy is sacred and cannot be stolen but it can be contagious. Focusing on Jesus in our everyday life and everyday circumstances brings us great joy. Max Lucado states in his devotional Bible that “Sacred delight (joy) is good news coming through the back door of your heart. It’s having God as your pinch-hitter, your lawyer, your dad, your biggest fan, and your best friend. God is on your side, in your heart, out in front, and protecting your back.” What a great God we have!

And think of when you pray for others. Does it bring you joy? Look at what Paul says in his letter to the Philippians. He writes in Philippians 1:4 “In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy.” What a great way to pray: with joy! And look at 1 Thessalonians 2:20 “Indeed, you are our glory and joy.” Oooh, yes, He is my joy! How about you?

I chose 21 amazing verses this week but of course, I couldn’t get them all on my card. Thank goodness for my journal. Anyway, the three verses I put on my card are:

Psalm 92:46I sing for joy at the works of your hands."
1 Thessalonians 2:20Indeed, you are our glory and joy!”
Psalm 66:1Shout with joy to God, all the earth!”

And I used the awesome April kit again from Create My Keepsake. Don't these colors just shout "joy"?
Can you think of something from this past week that brought you great joy even if it was a difficult situation? Try to look for the joy each day even when things seem bleak. Maybe keep a “joy” journal, and record those joyful moments (no matter how big or small) each day! And I hope you will join us in our discussions here at Faith Sisters. Have a joy-filled week everyone!

1 comment:

ChickenNDumpling said...

I cant wait to get some paper and markers and glue and sticker in my hands.. Most of my stuff is in Raleigh, NC....were i'm going to be relocating, GOD has truly blessed me.. But all i can say u'r doing a wonderful job... Your cards are excellent.. I love this joy what a great Inspiration you are to all.. thanks for sharing.. Your doing an awesome JOB...Barbara