Always be joyful and never stop praying.
Whatever happens, keep thanking God because of Jesus Christ.
This is what God wants you to do.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 CEV the Bible
Have you had one of those weeks that if you had read that verse, “Whatever happens, keep thanking God…” you would have said, “Are you kidding me?!”
I did have one of those weeks.
I’m really trying to “keep thanking God.” But, seriously, it’s not easy.
Since beginning this blog and faithfully publishing a Joy Day! post each week, I’ve been challenged. Do I really believe what I write? Do I really believe that my joy is not conditional on circumstance? Do I really believe that God is greater than any circumstance?
We’ve talked on several occasions about the joy we get from giving thanks. We’ve even addressed the times when it’s really difficult to give thanks. But, that doesn’t make it any easier when the laptop which is only 3 years old blows up and the expert says 70 percent at best to recover your data and 40% at best to restore the computer. Oh…and the expert charges $70/hour for me to gamble on the best possibility with my few dollars.
Thank you God!
The only way to make that statement is to believe it. And the only way to believe it is to have a God who isn’t bound by this stuff that gets us mired. My God is able to do exceedingly abundantly more than I can ask or imagine. (Ephesians 3:20) So, yes, I can say, “Thanks for the blessing of a laptop for 3 years.” “Thanks for a crashed laptop.” “Thanks that my husband will allow me to use his in the evening when he isn’t using it.” “Thanks that, you God hear my prayer and will answer me.” “Thanks for the time that I would have spent on the computer which can now be used for something else.” “Thank you for this challenge that makes me lean on you hard, God.” “Thanks for being a God who really is able.” “Thanks for being my Provider.” “Thanks for working all things out for my good and your glory.” (Romans 8:28)
Today is Joy Day! Not happiness day.
Laptop or no laptop….
Today is the day (I) we rejoice in God…
Rejoice in His goodness, His love, His grace.
The ONE and only SOURCE of our joy.
Am I frustrated? Are you needy or lonely? Am I afraid? Are you in need of help or hope?
Let’s join with the psalmist who wrote these words:
Maybe you’re like me. I’m a doer, a fixer. What do I (you) need to do? Trust God and Praise Him.
I know, that’s just too simple. We want things to be big and complicated. That’s not God’s way.
Let’s do it His way.
Join me in praising Him….
Praise the Lord.
Praise God in his sanctuary;
praise him in his mighty heavens.
Praise him for his acts of power;
praise him for his surpassing greatness.
Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet,
praise him with the harp and lyre,
praise him with timbrel and dancing,
praise him with the strings and pipe,
praise him with the clash of cymbals,
praise him with resounding cymbals.
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord.
Psalm 150 NIV
Would join me in giving thanks? Just count seven from the many of this week.
Thank you God for
- the inconvenience and expense of an unexpected car repair.
- cooler weather.
- a new friend and team member.
- a crashed computer.
- peach shortcake.
- BLT sammies.
- YOUR goodness – all the time.
Now it’s your turn. Count seven and leave them in comment section below. You’ll be glad you did.
Just writing this post changed my heart. One act of obedience. Doing what God leads us to do really does help.
What challenges are you experiencing?
Let’s pray and praise Him together.
Take the Joy Dare at: A Holy Experience. Or find ONE THING to be thankful for each day and write it down. Then, come back next week and share your joys here.
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