Pure Joy

 

Let’s come now into this third week of our Advent celebration and light the candle of Joy.

Our candle of Hope still burns brightly to represent the precious ‘hope’, and anticipation that’s ours with the Messiah’s birth.

The candle of ‘peace’ glows still with the precious gift of it heralded in by our Savior’s birth, and what a delight to know Him in this glorious Advent celebration. What a delight to know the peace that only He can give in times of sure uncertainty!But now let’s light the candle of Joy; to let it sparkle and glow in a peaceful and hopeful Advent season! Joy in this world? It’s hard to come by, so where on this earth is Joy? It’s not in our stuff, our surroundings, our circumstances or our happiness but as we worship the Saviour, we find It’s lodging in our own heart! Yeah, right there within us and sometimes, in the middle of nothing good, it still burns brightly in that soul because joy isn’t about things or situations or friends, or finances! Joy is about contentment in our Lord and knowing that in Him we have all we need. So let’s all just breathe now and know that He will provide, and care and grace us daily with His good gifts. Yeah, in your deepest self, and deepest soul, That’s where we’ll find it. Even when the world is reeling in anguish and joy appears non-existent, our beautiful souls can praise the God of our Salvation and sing “Joy To The World, the Lord has come” to a world that has none and needs lots. Oh how marvellous are His works and how wonderful are His ways. So come now and light this precious light of joy and shine it in your night and in the night of those in your circle of influence.

Isaiah 9: 6,7

“For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us, And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace, On the throne of David and over his kingdom, To establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness From then on and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will accomplish this.”

His Brilliant Plan

Yeah, sometimes we just don’t get what God is up to. Life seems complicated and chaotic and all outta sorts, but even still, amidst all of its conundrum, God has a sweet plan, a noble plan, a brilliant plan. Turns out, all we have to do is trust Him and follow His lead 💕

Psalm 28:7
“The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song, I give thanks to him.”

In A Slump

 

So, when you’re in a slump and feel that you haven’t enough of anything that it takes to get through the day, you go in God’s strength. His strength alone will get you there; out of the slump, out of the rut, out of the fear, out of the panic, out of the worry and out of the confusion of it all. Oh yeah, His strength alone is your plugged in power source for the next moment, the next hour, the next day, the next month and yes all the way through the next year as it unravels and unfolds. So ~ when you’re tied up in knots about impossibilities and things you can’t change, and bad news hits the home front or the news headlines. and when your motivation hits an all-time low, or when the bottom has dropped out of your day, and your world has just done a topsy – turvy off the map, you know He’s caught it, and you know He’s got it.

Yeah, this almighty One who suspends the world in the universe and allows it to spin ever so gently with just the perfect formula and perfect precision timing, knows how to pull your day back into line and your world back into order. Hey! When it’s all gone wrong, remember, God writes it off as a blessing and makes it all okay! Oh, you won’t see it right away but, beautiful soul, it will be ok! It will! It will all turn around and turn out for the best if you don’t leave God out of the equation. If you trust Him through it and say with the Psalmist in Psalm 69: 13 – 15, “But I pray to you, O Lord, in the time of Your favor; in Your great love, O God, answer me with Your sure salvation. Rescue me from the mire, do not let me sink;….do not let the floodwaters engulf me or the depths swallow me up or the pit close it’s mouth over me.”

Psalm 70: 1, “Hasten, O God to save me; O Lord come quickly to help me.”

He will come just as surely as you wait there. Truth is, He hasn’t left. He just waits for your call. That’s what moves Him to action. He loves His people and will not leave them nor forsake them.. You can know it!

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Psalm 70: 5
“Yet, I am poor and needy; come quickly to help me, O God. You are my help and my deliverer.”

Deuteronomy 31:8
“The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”

Hope Lies There

Yeah, He’s there even in your hard times, and in your down and outters. He’s always there, right there beside you, around you, surrounding you ready to lift you up and hold your head high. When you see the Saviour and when you look into the face of our Lord you see the Hope that He holds for you in those scarred palms and in those hands that outstretched the cross for you. Yeah, He’s the One, the sovereign One who’s right there with you now ~ very much alive and very much real and very much present in your deepest hurt. His light shines darkest in your night 

 

“You are my hiding place; You will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.”
Psalm 32:7-8

“My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”
Exodus 33:14

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