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Count it all Joy
Count it all Joy

How are you living your life?  Are you walking around with a joyful attitude or are you walking around with a sourpuss, poor me attitude?  Are you looking at each day with expectation and an abundance of hope?  Well, unfortunately many people are walking around with a pitiful attitude.  But, I am here to tell you that you have a choice to make.  You do not have to live your life filled with anguish and pain.  No, you can be filled with an unspeakable joy that overcomes all things.

I know, how on earth do you expect me to do that?  Well, we have to learn to look beyond our problems, beyond our sickness and beyond your trouble.  God knows how and where you are and He hears you and He has a victory for you.  So, ask and receive.  Speak out to God and glorify in knowing that He is for you and not against you.

  God is the great healer who gives joy with no sorrow.  Psalm 30:5 “Weeping may be at night, but joy comes in the morning.”  When we see this, we can stop thinking about every negative thing that has happened to us over the past twenty years.  God is our redeemer and our joy.  So, stop waiting for joy to run over you, you move towards joy.  Matthew 25:21 “Enter into the joy of the Lord.”  We have to exercise and embrace our joy.”  John 16:24 “Ask and receive that your joy may be full.”  Psalm 16:11 “in thy presence is the fullness of joy.”

A joy explosion is among each one of us and all the powers of hell cannot defeat us for we are children of God.  James 1:2 “my brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials.”  We are all blood relatives through the cross and God has said that we should be filled with joy. We need to refill ourselves with joy.

You can have a refreshing of your marriage, your relationships, your finances, your business.  Proverbs 17:22 “a merry heart doeth good like a medicine.”  For a day without laughter is a day without sunshine.  We really need to capture joy in the moment of life.  Regardless of what is going on in life, we can have joy.  Remember that when people are coming against you, and people are saying things about you, laugh.  What?  Yep, now you have made the devil so mad that he has sent his minions to come against you.

Philippians 4:4 “Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say rejoice.  Psalm 118:24 “This is the day the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it.”   We have to learn to sit with a joy and expectation that something good is going to happen.  Our joy is always there.  It is not like what makes us happy.  Joy is our innermost soulful joy.  Whether there is a hard time, a good time, a crazy time, we can have joy.  So, I encourage you today to find the joy that overcomes the circumstances in your life.

How can we have a joyful feeling in our day of everything we are going through?  Well, let’s look at Jesus who “counted it all joy” as he was led to the cross.  It was His joy to know that He was taking our sickness of sorrow.  Jesus knew that he was taking our shame of our past, that he was opening wide the storehouses of Heaven for us, that all of the blessings of the Covenant were now for who so ever shall receive.  So be joyful and know that you are royalty and blessed.

 No matter what is going on in your life, you have the authority of God.  You are what the bible says you are, you can do what the bible says, you can have what the bible says you can have.  You have authority, you are a threat to the prince of darkness.  When you roll over in bed, every demon trembles with fear, because you are the King’s child and you have all power on earth and in heaven.  Jesus has given us direct access to God and all that is His.  “Ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find.”  So today….rejoice and be glad for nothing is impossible for you.  Shout and be joyful, lift your hands and praise God Almighty and know that heaven will come down and glory will fill you with all the joy of the Lord.

                                                Blessings:  Heather Joyner

 

A Silver Spoon
A Silver Spoon

Do you ever look around and wonder how a person got where they are or why one person seems to just be born with a silver spoon in their mouth?  Well, I believe man people think this way and truly wonder…..why them and not me?

 Why is it that some receive one kind of return and some another? Does God just arbitrarily give greater blessings to one person than He gives to someone else? Absolutely not! He measures the blessing back to us according to the way we measure the Word. Mark 4:24 (AMPC): “And He said to them, Be careful what you are hearing. The measure [of thought and study] you give [to the truth you hear] will be the measure [of virtue and knowledge] that comes back to you—and more [besides] will be given to you who hear.”

Our increase depends on how much thought, study and attention we give God’s Word in this area. We must give God’s Word first place in our heart and receive it by faith instead of doubt.  We must be willing to defend it when the devil tries to steal it.  The Lord is just waiting on your faith!

When we make a choice to become increase minded, our faith has a chance to flourish.  Scripture after scripture tells us about the promises in God’s Word for our supernatural increase.  Sadly enough, so many people never grab ahold of this principal and they live their lives filled with lack and poverty.  Okay, let me ask you a question:  In order to get something in life, don’t you have to do something?  Of course you do!  Well, in God’s economy we are required to have faith.

What do you mean have faith?  Well, have faith in what God’s Word says.  The Bible is filled with a multitude of scriptures on financial increase, protection, favor, blessings etc., but it is up to us to find those scriptures, believe those scriptures and act on them through faith.  We have to meditate (or read over and over) the words that God has said to us.  Once we continue in this quest, this journey, our hearts begin to be filled with faith and belief.

Oh, well, that is fine and good for you Heather, but I don’t really believe all that mumbo jumbo.  Well, too bad, so sad for you.  You can choose to believe that a truck isn’t going to come at some time or another when you are standing in the middle of a downtown freeway also, but that doesn’t make it true.  And you can choose not to believe that getting ahold of the Word of God and activating it through faith doesn’t work either, but once again that doesn’t make it true.  You have to believe and take a chance in life.

The bible is filled with promises and amazing gestures from God for obedience through His Word.  Now, you can live your entire life with a belief in Jesus as your Savior and truly be a good person and go to heaven one day; but Jesus died for so much more than that.  3John2 tells us that Jesus came so that we may prosper in all areas of life.  He didn’t say to just barely get by…just making it till Jesus comes back.  So, I ask you….what are you waiting for?

It is time to find your faith!  Open the Word of God, speak the scriptures out loud, activate your faith and believe that it is for you.  When you take the time to act upon the Word of God, you will see proof positive that God is faithful and just to those who obey.  When the Word says in Malachi 3:10 “tithe and see that I will open the storehouses of heaven and pour out a blessing so great you cannot take it in.”, then do it.  Quit being stingy with your money.  The Word says “give and it shall be given back to you, pressed down, shaken together and overflowing with room for more.”

He is thinking about how He can bless us and, “do superabundantly, far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams]” (Ephesians 3:20, AMPC).

Wow, is all I have to say.  And I am living proof of the principal answers found in God’s Word.  He does stay faithful and true to what His Word says.  I decided seventeen years ago to give my way of thinking over to the Word and believe in all of the principals He has laid out, and my life has never been the same since.  I have seen and put His principals to the test.  I have seen the truth in obedience.  And I have prevailed!  God has blessed me, and continues to bless me each day as I have faith and believe what scripture says is available for me.  So what are you waiting for?  Reach out, open the Word of God and grab ahold of your silver spoon.

                                                Blessings:  Heather Joyner

Christflection
Christflection

Love:  what a little word with so very much meaning.  We hear people talk about loving people all the time.  As a teenager, we can’t wait to hear a guy or gal tell us they love us for the first time.  We spend hours upon hours focused on love and how someone does or does not love us.  Relationships die, families are destroyed, people kill themselves…..all over love.

Wow!   The power that exudes from this one precious word is incredible.  It’s impact can be felt around the world.  Satan is doing everything in his power to destroy this one itty bitty word.  But, why is this word so powerful and so destructive?  Well, we can find the answer to that in scripture through the meaning of love.

1Corinthians 13 “Love is patient and kind.  Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude.  Love does not demand its own way.  Love is not irritable, and it keeps no record of when it has been wronged.  It is never glad about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out.  Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance…there are three things that will endure-faith, hope, and love-and the greatest of these is love.  Let love be your highest goal…”

So you see, what we are really searching for is God.  Huh, how did you go there?  Well, God is love and this love appeared to us here on earth to show us the perfect love.  Jesus the Christ took himself as our hate, as our sin, as our embarrassment, as our fault and as our defilement and destroyed Satan forever.  Jesus took hate, death and destruction and nailed it to the cross.  And he replaced it with love.

And when we truly come to understand who and what Jesus represents, maybe just maybe we can begin to truly love others.  Jesus took all of our sin, our hate, our lust, our greed and destroyed it.  He has given us freedom in return.  When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, all of these horrendous acts that we have done, are no longer.  It is like they have never existed.  No matter what the sin or shame you have felt throughout your life, he took and erased it all.  We are now seen as a direct reflection of Christ.

Now that we are no longer seen as ourselves, but of Christ, then our behavior should mirror Him.  And He is love, so we ought to love.  Now go back to the true meaning of love and see if you truly are living this way.  Well, I don’t know about you, but it sure does take direct attention for me to love in this amazing way.  But today is a new day and a today I will be love.

Lord Jesus, help each one of us to love as you have loved.  Help us to see others as you see them and help us to treat them as you would treat them.  How we love you and thank you for loving us even as we are.  Thank you that we are now a mirror of you and no matter what we do or how we act, Lord you are the reflection in the mirror.  Help us to live up to that precious sacrifice you made upon the cross.  And Lord help us to recognize changes we need to make in our love walk so that we may be mirrors that directly reflect you.

                                                Blessings:  Heather Joyner

I am Righteous
I am Righteous

 

“seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness…all these things shall be added to you”. (Matthew 6:33)

Yesterday I was watching a show on TV that was talking about a gentleman who came to speak with a pastor was consumed by sin.  He loved God with all his heart, but he just couldn’t seem to quit smoking pot.  He said he tried and tried but he just loved to do it.

Well, he thought for sure that the pastor was going to condemn him or chastise him for his sinful behavior and tell him how horrible this was, but quite the opposite happened.  The pastor looked at him and told him that every time he thought of smoking pot and even did smoke pot that he wanted him to say ‘out loud’ that “I am the righteousness of God through Jesus Christ.”  He said, “really you want me to simply say that?”  The pastor told him yes, every time.

So, long story short, this is exactly what this man did.  He said he left there ready to go light up a joint just to see what would happen.  So, he did just that and each time he began to think about what does all of this mean?  And as he put his focus on God more and more, the desire to smoke pot became less and less until finally he realized he didn’t have any desire at all.  And to this day, he doesn’t touch pot.

Isn’t this amazing, we are the righteousness of God through Christ.  So what exactly does this mean to us?  Well, it means that Jesus is the answer.  Once we have received the Lord Jesus as our savior through faith and confession, we almost immediately try to maintain or establish ourselves as righteous in God’s sight by doing the right things and not doing the wrong things any longer. Now, it should be quite obvious that if we are genuinely saved and love the Lord Jesus Christ that we should do good things and stop doing the bad things we once did. But that is where most of us stop; never coming to understand that through Christ we have become righteous.

Besides this, even the best of the good things we do are considered filthy rags to God. Look at what Isaiah said, but we are all like an unclean thing, and all our righteousness are like filthy rags: we all fade as a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. And there is no one who calls on Your name, who stirs himself up to take hold of You. (Isaiah 64:6,7) So we must receive Christ’s righteousness in order to be truly righteous. Our attempts at being right before God miserably fall short.

Don’t you see, when we try to establish our own righteousness we miserably come up short. When we try to maintain our salvation or the feeling of being saved by doing good things, we have failed to receive all that Christ has accomplished through the cross. We no longer have to rely on ourselves, but on Jesus.

Please hear this, if we won’t receive the fact that we are righteous in God’s sight, what’s more, that we have become the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus, then we destroy our faith. We remain spiritual babies that are not able to grow up in the things of God. And let’s face it, nobody wants to be around an adult who acts like a child. It eventually wears on and wears out the best of us.

We can’t afford to live another day in the deception that we are not righteous in Christ. Reject that nagging, relentless feeling that you’ll never be good enough, righteous enough, or holy enough. Where does that feeling of unrighteousness come from? The Bible says that there exist in the world an accuser, who lays the blame on us day and night (Zechariah 3:1-5 & Revelation 12:10).

Many precious brothers and sisters in the Lord just quit because the feeling of trying to measure up is too great. They just throw in the towel since they can’t escape the feeling of not ever getting it right but you can stop trying to measure up. You can cast off forever any attempt to gain God’s approval. Jesus took all of this for you.  You are righteous, now it is up to you to have the faith to believe it!

Blessings:  Heather Joyner

Yeah….I’m in Trouble
Yeah….I’m in Trouble

 

 

 

 

 

 

Remember when you were a child and you would hear your brother or sister say, “Oh you are going to be in so much trouble.”  Well, isn’t life just like this?  We see trouble pressed around us in a multitude of situations in our lives.  Whether we are fighting with our loved ones, or dealing with financial troubles, or suffering the loss of a business or friend, we see trouble.  Uggh…we cry out to God and beg Him wondering…why God, why God won’t you answer me?

As I think about the times of trouble I have been through in my life, I stand and praise our Lord and Savior.  And let me tell you, I have seen my times of trouble!  But I stand firm today to tell you that God does hear and answer our prayers.  It may not be in our time or in the way that we think, but he is the great and mighty God and the answer to all of your troubles.

And let me just tell you, that when you take a leap and start to do something for God, trouble is coming. When you really start to do something for God, the devil will line up all of his cronies to come against you, but it is then that God will align His angels and stand firm to fight for you.  When you get in trouble you will discover the God that comes to your answer will and does answer you.  He is the anchor to your soul and when we are going through a time of trouble is when we will discover God.

The bible says, “call on me.”  So, what are you waiting for? Remember that God can only answer your prayers when you pray.  And I do believe it is time to open your mouth and speak power into your own life. Prayer is doing something about your situation; and when you pray Jesus is recording your each and every word. Once those words have been released, the supernatural comes into play and the storm clouds are gone.

We serve an all-powerful God.  The bible says, “call and I will answer.”  Yes, it is truly that simple.  When three Hebrew children were in the fiery flames, God himself showed up to rescue them, and he will show up for you too.  God says ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find, no good thing shall the Lord withhold for those who seek His glory therefore nothing is impossible unto you.

God is right where you are, not in a building or a particular place.  God is right where you are! Noah called from the belly of a fish, Paul and Silas called from a roman prison as the angels shook the prison doors wide open.  God hears you no matter where you are!  God does not give up on us, so we should never give up on him.  So, release the power within you and prayer in your time of trouble.  Call out to God almighty.

Joel 2:32 says call upon the Lord.  He will heal you for he is the healer.  He will restore your marriage for He is the healer of the brokenhearted.  He will bring your lost loved one back, He will restore your business for He is the God of heaven and there is none like Him on heaven or the earth.  There is power in His name, the authority of the Word and the shed blood of His Son.  The God we serve is a God of power.  He is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end.

You do not have to wonder if God is here for you, instead look to your troubles and realize that God is aligning the heavens to answer your prayers.  Remember that God permits trouble to develop you.  Without the resistance of air, a bird cannot fly…without the resistance of gravity you would float, grapes cannot make wine until they are crushed, olives cannot make oil until they are ground.

1 Corinthians 10:13 says God, “will not allow us to be tested beyond what we can bear”.  Now this doesn’t say that we will not go through trouble, but that He will be with us and help us through our trouble.  So, do not despise your troubles, but know that your answer lies right around the corner.  God can use our trouble for our own good.

Psalm 119:7 says it is good for us to be afflicted.  So as hard as it seems sometimes, do not be sad for the Lord that we serve is holding your hand and aligning all of things for his glory.  So, call upon the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and have faith in receiving the answer to your trouble.  Our God is the great deliverer and He will not let you down.  God is not a human being and I repeat that HE WILL NOT LET YOU DOWN!

Blessings:  Heather Joyner

Coping with Loss
Coping with Loss

 

 

 

As I was sitting reading my morning Facebook posts this morning, I came upon a friend who is suffering greatly at the loss of a loved one and an extremely sick elderly grandmother.  I have walked through this families suffering and seen how hard it is to find closure to a situation which you do not have answers to give.  When we do not know or understand how or when or why a loved one has died, we can be left with a huge hole inside of us.

And that is exactly what has happened to this amazing family.  While still in the stages of grief and suffering, they are now confronted with another possible loss.  So how do you cope with all of this and remain a positive person filled with faith and love and comfort to others?  Well, this is a question many have asked and possibly are still asking.

The loss of a loved one can lead many people into fear, doubt and anger.  And this is a very normal response, so you don’t have to feel bad for this.  A situation of not knowing how or why a person’s life has ended puts Christianity to the ultimate test.  But, don’t imagine that you are the only one who has had these moments of spiritual blindness.  Even the saints had their dark days.  But they found God again and you can too.

As we look for the answers to our questions, there are several things we can do to help us along.

  1. Each morning kneel and thank God for all the joy He has brought through the years. Surrender your day to Him. Ask Christ to guide and direct you. Then all through the day think of Him as walking by your side.
  2. Read your Bible. There you will find words of wisdom and comfort, as “For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known” (I Corinthians 13:12).
  3. Seek opportunities to help those in need. There is someone who needs your love and care. Ask God to show you who it is.
  4. Hold fast to your belief in Eternal Life. Death is not the end, but the doorway into Heaven.

This is a difficult hour for you. Remember that Jesus did not promise that His followers would escape suffering and heartache. No, He promised instead that they would have peace in the midst of pain, and be given a divine strength to support them in hours of weakness. The Bible says: “This is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith” (I John 5:4).

So, spend your days enjoying your friends and family and the company of those around you, spread the gospel of Christ to others and stand firm in your faith of eternity through Jesus.  As we sit and look at the hours and days flying by, look at what is important and stay focused.  Knowing our loved ones are waiting for us in heaven is a wonderful thing to look forward to, but when we are not sure if a loved one is saved our hearts ache.  So pour out to others how much you love them and want to spend forever with them.  And remember that even our God suffered and mourned as he watched his only Son being beaten, bruised and murdered.  But God loves us so very much that he sent Jesus to be the final offering for all of our sin.  Halleluiah, thank you Lord.

                                                Blessings:  Heather Joyner

Time Ticking Away
Time Ticking Away

Yesterday I stopped by the mall with my daughter and ran into a person I hadn’t seen in a little over a year.  It was great to see her and we started chatting away like old times.  She began telling me about how she found a friend from elementary school on Facebook last week and decided to message her.  It ended up that she only lived about an hour away from each other, even though they both grew up in a different state.  Boy is it a small world.  Anyways, she told me how they met up and spent hours laughing and remembering times and people and events from their childhood.

Well, isn’t it great to think about times past: the good, the bad and the ugly (not so much).  But one thing we do recognize is that time does tick away.  There is absolutely nothing anyone can do to change time from continuing on.  And that is why it is so important that we make sure to take every opportunity to utilize our time wisely.  We are given opportunities each day but do we really see them?

When we take the time to open our eyes, I mean really open our eyes, and look around at all of the times we have missed or could have made better.  Did you have a chance and let it pass by?  Do you have that if only I would of or wouldn’t have memory?  Well, now is the time, today is the chance to change that.  Just as the sun goes up and the sun goes down; we have a new chance each day to make a change.

Life ticks away so quickly and we do not have to live a life filled with regrets and sorrow.  God created us for so much more than that.  God created you with a defined purpose that is just your own.  So, what is your purpose in life?  Is it to just sit and watch time tick by?  I don’t think so!  Ephesians 2:10 tells us that we are “God’s masterpiece, created anew in Jesus Christ to do the good things He planned for us long ago.”  Matthew 5:16 “So let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.

So even when you feel like today is just a day, don’t let the time just tick away.  Make the most of your day and open your eyes.  We are surrounded with new opportunities each and every day for others to see God through us.  Today is the day and now is time.  Your chance to make a change is today, so don’t let the time just tick, tick away.

Blessings, Heather Joyner

Peace Like a River
Peace Like a River

Oh the river….so peaceful, calm and serene. As you sit upon her banks you hear the glorious flow of the water, the rustling of the leaves, and feel the soft breeze upon your face. There is a peace as you slowly watch each glistening moment flow by. Your mind goes blank and is clear of all the sorrows, anxiety and pressures of the day. I could spend my life by the river.

As I sit and contemplate on the river, I notice how life in an instant is just like the water. Each moment is captured in its own Nano-second of reality. Times come and times go; just as the rivers flow. We see a drop of water and then it is gone. There is no use trying to seek that drop again, for you cannot…it has passed and moved on.

Our lives are like that drop of water. We have moments that seem so consequential and some that seem so inconsequential. But, no matter what our moment in time consists of, it passes on. A moment can sometimes seem like an eternity, yet there it goes, never to be seen again. And just as we can never again retrieve that moment in time, many people spend all of their time doing just that. They are constantly searching for that drop of water, that moment in time….yet it has passed and is gone.

God created time and He created moments, but He did not create them to last forever. God in all of His glory gave us time. We are told in Ecclesiastes 3 that there is a time for everything, a season for everything under heaven. And yet so many spend all of their time in sorrow, grief, pain, longing and hurt. But you do not have to live your life this way. Yes, there are times that seem almost unbearable and you wonder when and how will this ever end, but there is always an end to that moment in time.

You do not have to spend your time focused on that one moment in time, that one drop of water. When we stay focused on trying to relive and retrieve that one drop of water, we miss out on so much more. There is beauty all around us and more drops of water and moments in time to enjoy.

As we place our trust in the living water of Jesus Christ, we find that we no longer have to spend eternity searching for that moment in history. We can now spend our time seeking after the source of the river, the source for each drop of water and each second of our lives.

You see, God has placed people and things and circumstances in our lives; but he does not want us to make them the center of our life. We must look to the author and creator of life, the river and moment. He is where our thoughts need to stay focused. When we take the time to place our hearts and minds to the source, we find that that one drop of water doesn’t mean so much. Why are you searching for that one drop of water when the creator of that water is searching for you?

God loves you so much that He sent His one and only Son to suffer for you. So, you don’t have to sit by the river and search for that drop of water, because Jesus has already taken it down stream. So, I want to encourage you today to keep your focus on the beauty and purity of life. God created moments in time. Some moments are happy, some are sad, some are good and some are bad, but they are all just that…..a moment and but a drop of water flowing down the stream. So quit searching for that drop of water and spend your time searching for the source so you can have peace like a river.

Word Active
Word Active

Many of us live our lives and truly believe that we are saved and that we will go to heaven one day, but so many people are not living the life that Jesus died for them to have.   Jesus died so that you may have and enjoy your life. He didn’t suffer on the cross for you to live a ho-hum, meager existence.  No, when He shed His blood on the cross for you, you were given a tremendous opportunity- an open door of blessing and favor.

God is so good and He blesses us richly.  So, why not take this authority He died for us to have?  The bible is an ever powerful teacher.  It is a book that you can never study too much.  Every time you open the Word, life seed is poured out upon you.

We are commanded to preach the Word.  2Corinithians 2:14 “Now wherever we go he uses us to tell others about the Lord and to spread the Good News like a sweet perfume.  Our lives are a fragrance presented by Christ to God…We preach God’s message with sincerity and with Christ’s authority.  And we know that the God who sent us is watching us.”

You see, Jesus is the Word.  John 1:1-14 “In the beginning the Word already existed.  He was with God, and he was God.  He was in the beginning with God.  He created everything there is.  Nothing exists that he didn’t make.  Life itself was in him, and this life gives light to everyone.  So the Word became human and lived here on earth among us.  He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness.  And we have seen his glory, the glory of the only Son of the Father. 18 No one has ever seen God.  But his only Son, who is himself God is near to the Father’s heart; he has told us about him.”

So, if Jesus is the Word, and God and Jesus are as one, why are we not living our lives to the fullness He died for us to have?  God’s blessings are plentiful, and they are for each one of us.  The Bible, the Word is filled with scriptures of life and blessing.  Seek them out on a regular basis.  You will never know what you are missing if you don’t look inside.

Blessings:  Heather Joyner

 

JOY
JOY

Why do some find it so hard to get through the day with any joy and others seem so full of joy?  Hmm.  Don’t you just love it when you are having a full out yucky day and the person next to you is laughing and joking?  Well, I have learned this for sure….life is way too short to even let one minute go by in anguish, self-pity, regret, anger, envy, fear or if-onlys.   You see, when God created us, He saw the end.  He didn’t just look at one instance, one moment in time.  No, he saw the big picture and it is time we do too.  We, definitely talking to myself here too, need to get our minds off of ourselves.  When we take the time to look around and truly see what is going on around us, we can see what God sees.   We were created to love one another.  Jesus tells us that the greatest of all is love, and this love will last forever.  So, what exactly is love as Jesus dictates.  1 Corinthians 13:4-8 “Love is patient and kind.  Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude.  Love does not demand its own way.  Love is not irritable, and it keeps no record of when it has been wronged. It is never glad about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out.  Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.  Love will last forever….14 Let love be your highest goal.” Woe…that’s a big order.  So what we can see here is that God has given us a heck of a job.  And if we keep our focus where He wants us to keep it, none of the mundane every-day tasks will seem so draining.  That joy that is seen in others can be seen in us.  We can be that person that others look to and wonder, “Why on earth is he or she so happy all of the time?  I know she is a single mom with two kids just barely making it by, or I know he just lost a loved one, or I know she is up to her ears in work or just lost his job…..so where would there ever be a time to be so joyful?” Here is the answer…..dun dun dunnnnn…..get your mind off of yourself and onto ways to love others.  Yup, it really is that easy.  So, today when the pressures of life fold in around you, get your mind off of yourself.  Look up and look around.  There is a whole lot of something other than yourself going on around you.  What can you do to make someone’s day?  Dare to be that person that is always smiling, regardless of the circumstances; dare to be that happy go lucky person that others wonder about and dare to be love! I encourage you to live a life filled with love and be the person God created you to be.  Your job and your circumstances don’t define who you are.  The way you love is the answer!  “For God so loved the world that He gave  His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.”   Trust me…you have serious reason for joy!  So, look up, pray often, and love others….because you were made to be JOY.

Blessings:  Heather Joyner