Monday, May 9, 2011

Experience the Joy

Good morning, Dear Friends and Prayer Partners! This is the day that the Lord has made and we will rejoice and be glad in it! I am a little later than usual this morning because of trying to get into my email account, but here I am!

When I dragged the dumpster back from the curb, a little while ago, there was the bunny just watching me in the back yard. IT is the one that has been digging holes in the yard. I tried to fill them up a couple days ago, but whatever he's after must be good! I just wonder if he is a domestic rabbit that got away from someone, because he just sat there and hopped off a ways and then stopped and looked again. I don't know whether to feed him or not.

Well, I had a wonderful Mothers' Day starting Saturday with the Ladies tea. It was good to see old friends and chat, and then yesterday, Brian took me to The Hangar for lunch and Daryl had called me early to wish me a Happy Mother's Day.  The lunch was a treat with the view of planes taking off and landing and the Safari Helicopter taking off. The food was good and my salmon was huge, so I brought half home and had it for supper. We had ordered carrot cake to take home for dessert. It was the tallest carrot cake I have ever seen, and was (is) delicious. I could not eat it all in one sitting! I opened my gifts from Daryl and Brian and really enjoyed the day! Then I had a phone call from my nephew Russ in Georgia. Guess I am the only one left in the family on Louis' side but it was good to hear from him.  I have two wonderful sons! God is good!

From the little devotional book Knowing God:

Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say again-rejoice!
            Philippians 4:4 NLT
You can't really get to know God until you genuinely experience God's joy for yourself. It's not enough to hear somebody else talk about being a joyful Christian-you must experience Christ's joy in order to understand it. Does  that mean that you'll be a joy-filled believer 24 hours a day, seven days a week, from this moment on? No, it doesn't mean that. But it does mean that you can experience God's joy personally, frequently, and intensely.

So here's a prescription for better spiritual health: Open the door of your soul to Christ. When you do, He will give you peace and joy...heaping helpings of peace and joy.

                              -Great Thoughts-

When I think of God, my heart is so full of joy that the notes leap and dance as they leave my pen; and since God has given me a cheerful heart, I serve him with a cheerful spirit.
                                 Franz Joseph Haydn

We all go through  pain and sorrow, but the presence of God, like a warm, comforting blanket, can shield us and protect us, and allow the deep inner joy to surface, even in the most devastating circumstances.
                                                                     Barbara Johnson

Today's Prayer-

Dear Lord, You have given me so many blessings, starting with my family. I will keep joy in my heart as I thank You, Lord for every single blessing You've given me. Amen

I always give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers with thanksgiving, joy and love!

Love and hugs,