My Last Post for a While: A Prayer for You plus a Recipe for Joy
I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed as we prepare for our ministry trip to Poland. Therefore, I’ve decided to make this my last scheduled post for a while. I’ve written a prayer just for you, and my recipe for the week offers food for thought versus food for the palate. No calories but something you and I both desperately need. An energizing and abiding JOY that remains steadfast, regardless of our circumstances.
My prayer for you: May the Lord energize you when you get tired. May He renew your strength when you’re ready to quit. When you put your hope in Him may He spread your wings and enable you to soar like an eagle. May you run and not get weary and walk and not be weak. Meanwhile, may your days be filled with a joy made complete by God’s grace in the midst of your struggles, as well as your victories. (Isaiah 40:29-31; John 15:9-11)
RECIPE FOR JOY
Count your blessings and stir until blended with a full cup of gratitude. (EzekieI 34:216, Thessalonians 5:18)
Consider your trials joyfully by sprinkling them thoroughly with faith. (James 1:2)
Claim your inheritance and your place in eternity with assurance. (I Peter 1:3-5)
- Mix well every morning until joy rises to the top.
- Share with everyone throughout the day.
- The more you dole it out, the more it multiplies.
- Hoard or hide it and it loses its savor.
In My Utmost for His Highest (updated edition), Oswald Chambers reminds us “the first thing that will hinder our joy is the subtle irritability caused by giving too much thought to our circumstances.”
A life of joy isn’t difficult. It comes supernaturally natural to one who is completely surrendered to God. Chambers encourages us to “be a fountain through which Jesus can pour His ‘living water. . . A person who has the right relationship with God lives a life as natural as breathing wherever he goes.”
NOTE: If I have the time and opportunity to post while we’re away, I’ll let you know how things are going. If not, I’ll miss connecting with you. Don’t forget to pray for us and I’ll pray for you, as well. I have an idea! Leave a comment or send me an email and let me know how you want me to pray specifically for you.
My parting advice: And it’s free! Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the floor each morning, the devil says, “OH NO . . . SHE’S UP!” And everyone else says, “Yea! She’s up!
(images from free photos)