Sunday, November 29, 2015

True Joy-God's Persepective

There is a distinct difference between true joy and happiness.   Happiness is experiential, often based on external circumstances and fleeting.  Circumstances can shift us away from a sense of happiness, but a true joy is indicative of God's presence within us.  

Focusing our every day on God's presence within our lives, enables us to experience a true sense of joy.  It prevails in spite of the daily circumstances we face; we understand the truth of His words which call on us to "rejoice and be exceedingly glad for great is your reward in heaven...".  We are reminded to focus on today when his word tells us, "this is the day that the Lord hath made, we will rejoice and be glad in it".  Yes, true joy is recognizing that each and every day is God's gift to us, a gift worthy of joy come what may.  True joy sustains us even in those moments when happiness may escape us, we simply have to remember to stay rooted in our creator's words to experience it.  Just a little advice to go! 

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Let the Blessings of the Past Prepare You for Today's Challenges!

If I have learned anything from my walk with Christ, it is to hold on to the many blessings He has provided.  I was blessed to meet Christ at the age of 14, a time when I wanted my life to end and even contemplated ending it.  The storms in my life at that time led me to a church where I answered Christ's call to surrender my life to Him.  That was the beginning of a new me and the first of many blessings to come.

Christ has since helped me through mental, physical, emotional, familial, marital, educational and financial challenges.  Looking back to each of these past challenges, I can recall an answer to prayer and the blessings that followed. Those answers serve as reminders that Christ will never leave or forsake me.  When we see challenges in our lives as opportunities for Christ to move, we learn to trust Him and to rejoice in spite of our circumstances.  Let the blessings of the past prepare you for today’s challenges!  Just a little advice to go!