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989th -- Joy Along The Way


With the many pressures and stresses of daily life, it is important that 
we have a lighthearted attitude and see the good that is before us. It is
easy for anyone to murmur and complain about all their hardships, but we 
who have given our life to the Lord should remember His peace that 
surpasses all understanding. The Lord promises to keep us in perfect 
peace because our mind is stayed on Him. There is no need for us to worry
or stress about our future. The Lord holds our future securely in the 
palms of His Hands. If God tells us not to worry about anything, then we
should believe Him. We should take God at His Word. What will we gain by
complaining? What will we benefit by worrying? I have tried both in 
times past and realized my situation didn't improve a bit, in fact it got
worse. When we give a negative situation more attention, we are in 
essence expanding or increasing it, but when we realize that God is in 
control of all things, then we will be more at ease and we will see that 
situation be resolved in ways that we could never have thought of.

Be encouraged to laugh more, enjoy the blessings that surround you and be
quick to be thankful for all that God has given you. An attitude of 
praise will brighten our life and our future. When we recognize God's 
goodness and we are quick to thank Him and show our appreciation, God will
be pleased and will reward us in like manner. A thankful heart will be a
blessed heart. An appreciative spirit will be a filled spirit. Don't 
give a negative situation more of your energy, but rather use that energy
in a positive manner to pray, praise and give thanks to the Lord above who
will bring every answer that your heart seeks. The Bible tells us to pray
in faith believing and because we do, we will receive the answer. I 
encourage you again to smile more, enjoy life while you are living and use
every opportunity that comes before you to show your faithfulness to the 
Lord. He is the one who will deliver us and who deserves the most 
attention from His people.

I hope this message inspires and challenges your heart to have the Joy of
the Lord at all times and in all circumstances. A life lived in faith 
will be rewarded continuously.


A senator once took Will Rogers to the White House to meet President 
Coolidge. He warned the humorist that Coolidge never smiled. Rogers 
replied, “I'll make him smile.” Inside the Oval Office, the senator 
introduced the two men.

“Will Rogers,” he said, “I'd like you to meet President Coolidge.”

Deadpan, Rogers quipped, “I'm sorry, but I didn't catch the name.”

Coolidge smiled.

A sense of humor is a marvelous gift to have. It is one of the most 
important means we possess to face the difficulties of life. And sometimes
life can be difficult.

I deal professionally with issues which are critical: relationships
breaking apart, people losing jobs, people facing serious illness or 
agonizing with someone close who is suffering, addictions, grief and 
heartache. Without a sense of humor about my own life, I don't know if I 
could survive! I take what I do seriously, but I try not to take myself 
too seriously. Like the New York City cab driver who said, “It's not the 
work that I enjoy so much, but the people I run into!”

Here is an experiment: look for and find as much joy as possible for one 
full day. Try to enjoy the people you run into, the work you do, your 
leisure time and your relationships. Don't forget to enjoy yourself - and
take enough time to enjoy God. I believe that if you try this experiment 
for one full day, by evening you will bask in the glow of a rekindled spirit.

It just takes a day to find joy along the way.

By Steve Goodier

Read and meditate on these scriptures:

Philippians 2:13-15 “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to
do of His good pleasure. Do all things without murmurings and disputings: 
That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in
the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights 
in the world.”

Colossians 3:16-17 “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all 
wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and 
spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And
whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus,
giving thanks to God and the Father by Him.”

Romans 12:1-2 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, 
that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God,
which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but
be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is 
that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

Psalm 103:10-12 “He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us
according to our iniquities. For as the heaven is high above the earth, so
great is His mercy toward them that fear Him. As far as the east is from 
the west, so far hath He removed our transgressions from us.”

Proverbs 17:22 “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken 
spirit drieth the bones.”

All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.

Today’s Selected Poem: MY VERY BEST GIFT
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/enpoem166.htm

Today’s Selected Testimony: GOD IS FAITHFUL
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/testimony118.htm

In Christ’s Service,

Dwayne Savaya
God’s Work Ministry


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