This is the third and last part in the series on Joy

“Rejoice in the Lord always.  I will say it again:  Rejoice!” — Philippians 4:4

I have shared before that there was a time in my twenties where I was not walking with God.  I still believed but didn’t follow him. During that time there was turmoil in my heart.  It was very unsettling, and I couldn’t get away from it. It seemed on the outside that I was having a good time, but honestly inside it was terrible turmoil. There is a joy from abiding in Christ, an inner joy that comes from God when you are walking with him.

Because I like to give practical suggestions, I’m going to confess that I am not a morning person. I am not joyful when I wake up and this can cause issues for my family. So, I have learnt to not talk to anyone in the morning before I have spoken to God. I heard someone at IBCD say once that they start their morning by saying “This is the day that the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in in” and often that is how I start my prayer time. It’s a reminder that He made today, and I am to be thankful that I have been given another day here to do His will. This routine seems to work as I focus on him first. That is of course until someone interrupts that quiet time asking if I have seen their socks!  To which I answer, no, I do not wear your socks.

I hope you see the theme here.  All these types of joy are ultimately the joy of our salvation.

“With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.” — Isaiah 12:3

— Natalie G.

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