Devo #30

4 06 2011

“It should be your JOY to be tried and tested by God because you know that HE is molding your character into CHRIST-LIKENESS.” – Martha Peace

I’m not gonna lie, today wasn’t the easiest day of my life. But, something I learned was that in the pain, we can find JOY. As I was hurting for a friend, talking with them, praying for them, and seeking out what the Bible says, I found that through the hurt in the situation there is joy because of the love.  To hurt for others is joy. To know that I am getting a taste of what it must feel like for God, is incredible.

Joy isn’t happiness because happiness is simply a feeling. Joy can be a struggle. Joy doesn’t always happen when things are going fine. James 1 :2 says

” Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,[a] whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.”

Joy comes when we learn to love like God and trust fully in Him.

-Kelly

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Devo 26

12 04 2011

This song has been the cry of my heart this week!

 

THERE’S A PEACE THAT FLOODS MY SOUL
WHEN THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS IN CONTROL
AND THERE’S A JOY, NO BOUNDS CAN HOLD
WHEN THE SPIRIT BLOWS A FRESH WIND THROUGH MY SOUL
HOLY SPIRIT FLOW THROUGH ME
TOUCH MY HEART AND THERE WILL, THERE WILL BE

SUCH JOY SUCH UNSPEAKABLE JOY
SUCH PEACE AND EVERLASTING PEACE
SUCH LOVE PURE AND HOLY LOVE
SPIRIT HAVE YOUR WAY IN ME





Devo 22

16 02 2011

I believe laughter is the best medicine (Proverbs 17:22). Maybe not for physical wounds, but for emotional wounds or just when having a bad day..absolutely! Tonight, Wednesday, is youth group. My youth group laughs….A LOT! We have fun, we laugh, we tease, we worship, we love. It’s incredible. We are the body of Christ building each other up and encouraging one another.

Here is what I learned  tonight. Laughter is the way to a persons heart. Laughter can be the best way to minister to people. I mean, who doesn’t like to laugh? If you can open people up and get them to laugh, you have made an instant friend. Even simply smiling at someone makes them happy! Have you ever just smiled at someone for no reason? If not try it! The result is them smiling back. It’s almost impossible not to smile at someone smiling. :)
Smile. Laugh. Be joyful. Show people God’s love by being a friend who is fun to be around.




Devo 21

7 02 2011
Joy doesn’t mean
Only Happiness. It means having a
Yearning for Jesus and living for HIM

Sometimes I think we confuse being happy, with true joy. True joy is hard to come by. We must fight for it. And the essence of joy is found in God’s arms.

“Therefore there is no more important struggle in the universe than the struggle to see and savor Christ above all things-The struggle for joy.” – John Piper

“God Himself is the ultimate object of our enjoyment” – John Piper

Joy comes when God is in the center of our world. When we strive for Him. Even when times get hard, we know that He loves us, He is there to give us strength!

God, I pray that we will go all in for you! That we will experience true joy through you!