Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Jesus Just Hugged Me!




Weekly Wednesday Word - JOY!

How precious is the faith and joy of a child!


My darling Grace came running inside from the backyard, breathless and excited. "Mommy, Mommy! Jesus just hugged me!"


I love hearing words like these from the mouth of my child. If only I could maintain that joy that once filled me at the smallest of things. Imagine how different our outlook would be if we thought back to that joy we had when we first came to Christ. How amazing and joyous was our walk at that point in our lives. Of course, our faith must grow and mature as our relationship with our God deepens, but if we would just stop and remember the power of the cross and Jesus' sacrifice for us so that might we live forever in heaven with our Father, then the presence of joy in our lives would be unstoppable!

JOY!
Do you have memories of moments in your life when you experienced pure joy through the hands of our Father? Perhaps if we were to write down these moments and reference them at points in our life when the joy seems to be slipping from our fingers, it would help us to refocus our thoughts on God and His love and provision for us so that we can find that joy that comes only from our Father.

What are these moments for you? Big events or the small instances where God provided for beyond your imagination?

Your salvation?

Your wedding day?

The birth or adoption of a child?

God providing the exact amount of money needed for unknown expense?

A friend crossing your path at that exact moment you needed encouragement?

Joy . . . let's find it and keep it!

“Joy is the serious business of Heaven.” ~ C. S. Lewis

"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls." (I Peter 1:3-9, NIV)






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