The Joy in Simple Things

The greatest joy in life is the small things that we take for granted. Some people think there is extreme joy in winning the lottery, maybe so, but when the money is gone where is the joy? The joy is gone and so is the money. (Maybe people too)

So how would someone like us think of joy in simple things?

Look at the food that you love to eat? Is it not a joy to be able to open up the frig whenever you want and have something you like?

Isn’t it a joy when someone calls you and brightens your day?

Isn’t it a joy when your pets come to you in unconditional love?

Isn’t it a jot when your family is around you?

Isn’t it a joy when you get ready to make plans and leave on a trip?

Isn’t it a joy to have friends that care about you?

Maybe it’s having that first cup of coffee in the morning.

This could go on and on but the truth is, who provides these small joys?

God does!

Psalm 16:11

You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

But when we take these things for granted we are not honoring the one who gave them to us. There is joy in all that God creates but we must remember the one that provides the joys and to be grateful in thanksgiving and prayer.

My prayer for you today is this Praise God for the simple joys in your life, stop and think about them and remember not to take pride in them, but praise Jesus for what He has done and through His grace gave you joy.

Shalom

Nancy

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#God #joy #simplejoy

 

 

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Held Captive By Sin

Sin can hold it’s grasp on you when you let what drives you to it take over your life. Maybe you are that person that says there is nothing wrong with what you are doing but deep down sin has got it’s hold on you.

Sadly that’s what sin does, it’s blinding to those who know no escape and allow the world and how they feel to dictate what is right. With no escape from the grasp how will you know if it is right or wrong?

The only way to know if you are doing the right thing is to ask God to come into your life and speak to your heart and to bring His light to the circumstances in which you live and to ask your self what does this thing that I know may be wrong doing to myself and those around me. Am I following my way or is it God’s way?

With sin, God always provides an escape.

1 Corinthians 10:13

No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. 

With following your way the hole you dig gets deeper and deeper so you can no longer see the light on the sin, you walk in the darkness. But God provides the light and He shines His light on the sin to help you overcome it. That’s why we go to Him in prayer for clarity and help.

Isaiah 29:15

Woe to those who go to great depths
to hide their plans from the Lord,
who do their work in darkness and think,
“Who sees us? Who will know?”

God is willing to lift you up to see what you are doing and help you out of that pit but first you must ask Him to shine light on your life and to forgive you for the sin you are doing and have done.

Acts 13:38

“Therefore, my friends, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you.

My prayer for you is simply this: Let the light of Christ shine down on you and may His grace be forthcoming in your life through the forgiveness of sins. Break free from the grasp of a sin led life to the love of Christ, following Him all the days of your life.

 

Shalom

Nancy                                                             #Jesus #sin #forgiveness #God #endure

Trusting God Through Problems

The hardest part of waiting for God through your problems is trusting Him for the results. Often times when I see myself in past situations I think that God allowed time to work through whatever was going on.

It’s our nature to want to hurry things along, to put a bandaid on situations and try to resolve them ourselves but when we trust God we wait on God ,we can have the assurance that He will handle whatever it is we go to Him for.

It’s times like the trials that really test your faith. Maybe it’s because God clearly tries to get your attention to go to Him in Prayer. Often we look to ourselves to solve things but it is God we must seek to remedy any thing that is in our way.

Believe God can do it!

During personal trials I have seen Him turn situations around in the midst of some pretty hard stuff. I’ve also realized that when things are getting out of control, that’s when we really call on Him to step in and lean in on him. Never feel that God can’t answer right away, He can and does.

When God is silent

When God is silent our thoughts turn to that of His not being near, but He is right with us, His presence never ceasing, it is He that gives us strength in turbulent times.

When the battle and the trials end, think of how you got through them, how you were changed and grew to understand your strength because of trusting Him.

 

May your day be a blessing to you and to everyone you meet.

Shalom

Nancy

 

Ephesians 2:22

And in Him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by the Spirit

 

 

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