Awaken my soul…to JOY from you, oh Lord! We begin this new year with the words found in Nehemiah 8:10 “Do not grieve, for the JOY of the Lord is your strength.”
How will this JOY be awakened? Deuteronomy 16:15 gives us this clue… “For the Lord your God will bless you in all your harvest and in all the work of your hands, and your JOY will be complete.”
As we fully recognize God’s continual blessings in all we “put our hand to”, He completes His JOY in us. Find His blessing in whatever circumstance and His joy-filled strength will be ours. My mother once penned this little poem…
Jesus is the joy of living,
Each day the Joys increase.
Praise and thank Him ever…
And these joys will never cease!
JOY comes as we live out these words from our Lord Jesus, “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that MY JOY MAY BE IN YOU AND THAT YOUR JOY MAY BE COMPLETE.” John 15:9-11 NIV
LET JOY LIVE LOUD IN YOUR SOUL!
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