Consider it a great joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you experience various trials. (James 1:2) 
Joy doesn’t seem possible during trials and hardship, but the outcome of this James verse shifts our understanding. God does not cause hardship but will certainly use our suffering to create the greater prize of depth. Maturity has nothing to do with age in the kingdom of God. Jesus and the disciples all experienced hardship, it was their faith that kept them stable, not the world around them. 
Spiritual maturity alone allows us to remain stable and tackle each day… sometimes each moment. Amen.  

This devotion blessed me. I felt it was an incredible reminder for each and every one of us. Choose to find the beauty and joy in each day and pray for better days to come. 

Have a beautiful and uplifting day in The Lord!

Hope in Christ

Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18) 
We live in a world wrought with pain and suffering. 
Disease, divorce, death, and loss happen every day.  

And many times, when something tough happens, it is totally out of our control.  
So, how do you rejoice, much less, give thanks in every situation?  

As an heir and child of God, your hope isn’t in the things of this earth. 
Your hope is in Christ and the eternal life you have with Him!   

Your pain and suffering are momentaryin light of what is awaiting you in eternity.  We are to fix our eyes on Jesus. 
He knows and understands every hurt. 
He aches with you, and the Holy Spirit groans and intercedes for you.  
God promises you that He will give you the grace you need to handle every situation.  
Even though you may not understand why something is happening, you can trust the Lord.  
There is a song by Babbie Mason that says, “When you don’t see His plan. When you can’t trace His hand, trust His heart.” 
Remember that what Jesus did on the cross is real, and His Word is true, let nothing steal your joy!  
When I read this devotion it blessed me. Remember this today, To trust God in the light is nothing, but to trust Him in the dark, that is faith. He sees the things you can’t. 

Have a beautiful and uplifting day in The Lord!

Joy and Goodness

The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. (John 10:10) 
Sometimes we focus too much on the enemy and what he is up to! 
Jesus came so we wouldn’t just survive life… but have abundant life.
God is so good that He didn’t just provide for our eternity; He provided for this life too.
God gave us Jesus so we would have abundant love, abundant laughter, abundant joy…abundant life!
Purpose yourself to focus on the joy and goodness of what He has done.
Take a minute to write down just a few things you already possess in abundance!
“… whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” (Philippians 4:8)
I love this devotion today, it blessed me. What truth! When you focus on the good, the good gets better.
Have a beautiful and uplifting day in The Lord!

Does it Spark Joy?

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. (Philippians 4:8)

I recently read, the apostle Paul urged the Christians in Philippi to pursue joy in their relationship with Christ. “Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice!” (Phil. 4:4). Instead of a life cluttered with anxiety, he urged them to pray about everything and let God’s peace guard their hearts and minds in Christ (vv. 6–7).

Looking at our everyday tasks and responsibilities, we see that not all of them are enjoyable. But we can ask, “How can this spark joy in God’s heart and in my own?” A change in why we do things can bring a transformation in the way we feel about them.

“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true . . . honest . . . just . . . pure . . . lovely . . . are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things” (v. 8).

Paul’s parting words are food for thought and a recipe for joy.

Lord, show me how You want to spark joy in the tasks I face today. Amen.

God is so good. He creates so much joy in our lives and although at times we tend to focus on times of sadness, bitterness, anger and hurt may we be reminded today, this day, that by truly focusing on The Lord is just the beginning of joy. He wants to see your mind at peace and your heart at rest. How can you spark joy in your heart today? Start by counting your blessings, name them one by one. Count your many blessings see what God has done. Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice. May we begin and end each day with this on our lips.

Have a wonderful day in The Lord!

Today’s Reading is Philippians 4:4-9

Finding Joy

My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. (James 1:2-3)
The trying of our faith is what God uses to develop our endurance, it has purpose. Understanding this changes how we feel about undergoing it. Finding joy in the midst of trials bears so much fruit. It actually leads us to a place where we are truly mature in Christ and lack nothing. Joy fills in the gaps.

All of us can feel relief and contentment when we have come through a hard time. We can rejoice and praise God for how He has brought us out of it. But the challenge is, how joyful are we in the midst of it?

Heavenly Father, help us to look to you for joy in times of difficulty, times of hurt and even in times of sickness. You are the way maker and only You can supply a joy that is unspeakable and full of glory. Fill our hearts and lives today with your unending joy and peace that can only be found in You and You alone. Amen.
Thank You for loving me and strengthening me in times of difficulty, in times when joy felt so far away and I felt I couldn’t reach it, You reached down in the midst of my trial, in the midst of my sadness and you restored my joy. He can do the same for you. 
Have a wonderful day in The Lord!