Recipe for Joy

Alright, I’m excited. Dinner is starting in the kitchen, the sunset is lovely, and it’s time to reflect on the King of Kings!

Our God is amazing, and He has done amazing things in my life. It’s easy to get caught up in what we are struggling with right now, or in the winding road ahead. It’s also easy to be focused on the mountains instead of the Mountain Mover. So let’s take a minute and simply rest. Yes, we’ve got plenty of climbing still to do, but we have already climbed a fair sight. Let’s stop and look at how far God has brought us…from what He has rescued us…at the victories He has given us…at the incredible experiences He has allowed us to have…as we let our eyes pan over the great scape behind and before us, it is impossible to miss God’s hand behind everything. It’s overwhelming, so you might want to sit down!

Don’t just think of one thing and then forget and move on. Let the majesty of God’s work  in your life fill your heart like a warm, spring breeze…be filled with His joy…be encouraged to keep on walking.  Here’s the spirit to have:

Psalm 100:1-3: “Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth.  Serve the Lord with gladness; come before Him with joyful singing. Know that the Lord is God; it is He who has made us, and ot we ourselves. We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.”

He cares for His sheep! He has done wonders for us. Praise Him, thank Him, and remember His work when you feel as if you aren’t getting anywhere, or that He isn’t there. He is right there, by your side, and always has been.

Maybe you could write a list…or simply meditate on it each morning…or think on it when you go to bed.  Remember His lovingkindness to you, and realize that it will continue for all the days of your life. Isn’t that amazing?

Recipe for joy!


Published in: on January 20, 2009 at 6:12 pm  Comments (3)  

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  1. Yes, if we keep our minds on God’s goodness,
    our hearts will overflow with joy!

    Think on these things!

  2. This was so good, Alex. Just what I needed to hear and to focus on.
    I like the idea of a list. Have you seen that 1000 Things thing going around in the blogosphere? You’re supposed to make a list of 1000 blessings from the Lord-not in one post of course. 🙂
    I’ve thought about doing that because so often my focus is on the little picture, not the big one….
    I’ll say again, good post!

  3. What an uplifting post! … Your passion and spirit of encouragement is all over this post. Thank you! 🙂

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