May 15, 2013

Wednesday SHINE.....

Today's Reading: Mark 10:17-31

Happy Worship Wednesday, SHINE girls! If there's anything that can get us on our way to REJOICING, it's praise music!

I encourage you today to listen to your local Christian radio station, or pop in a Christian CD. Let the words of praise wash over you, and see if you find your little weary heart rejoicing. I bet you will!

This world offers up a platter of things that want to steal our Joy. The world we live and the enemy that resides here has his eyes focused on joy-sucking.

Have you ever been joy-sucked? Yeah, me too.

Can the enemy really steal our joy, though?

Well, he certainly can throw some balls at us that can try to steal our joy. Key word is "try".

Do we succumb to these balls and fall down in despair?

Or do we stand strong with the armor of Christ tightly fastened to our bodies and hold out our sword declaring Victory in Christ?

I'll admit to both scenarios. I've certainly at times wallowed in the pit of despair, being eaten alive by the joy-suckers.

I've also stood strong and fearless proclaiming God's promises while the balls are being thrown my way. The enemy eventually gets tired and moves on. When we don't budge, he slithers away. It's true.

We have a choice. We really do.

What will your choice be today? Will you choose to find the JOY in today by rejoicing?

Or will you lay down and die in defeat as the joy-suckers consume your precious heart.

Did you know {I sure didn't until I researched} that the word "rejoice" is found over 200 times in the Bible?

Not only that, but the word "joy" is found over 150 times in the Bible. Yes!!

If God's Word has this many references to the words "rejoice" and "joy", I think we need to hang our cute little hats here and live it.

Live Joy. Live Rejoicing.

Let me repeat...

Live Joy. Live Rejoicing. 

Now say that with me 150 times.

Just kidding.

Find your Joy today, friends. It's there, right under your darling little noses.

repelling the joy-suckers,


But I trust in your unfailing love;
 my heart rejoices in your salvation.
Psalm 13:5

For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; 
weeping may remain for a night,
 but rejoicing comes in the morning.
Psalm 30:5

But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; 
may those who love your salvation always say, 
"The LORD be exalted!"
Psalm 40:16

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