Thursday, January 31, 2013

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! As predicted, the air is cooler today, and the temp will continue to drop, but right now, the sun is shining, and we are in the low sixties, so it is a beautiful day!
Tomorrow is supposed to be much colder, and I have to get up early and go for a lab test, so I am not too happy about that. I don't mind the lab testing, I mind having to get up earlier. Just lazy, I guess. :o)

My cleaning ladies came yesterday and we shared some good laughs. One is always getting on my case for eating what she calls terrible foods. Since I only indulge once in a while, for instance, I had chili, cheese fries with a grilled chicken sandwich from Wendy's a couple days ago; something I hardly ever eat, Then she thought having a baked potato with broccoli and cheese was bad, I had to counter with the fact that she smokes! That almost stopped her. I also said I am 86 and I can eat anything I want!  (So there!) The whole exchange was fun and not serious. Her friend is her total opposite and yet they get along closer than sisters.

The only time I went out yesterday was to the Park, which was almost deserted because of the high winds. I saw a large flock of ibis, including some immature ones, pecking and walking all over the circle, and an anhinga on the weir. We got a little rain last night, but not much, because I did not even hear it come down. But God is good!

From the little devotional book, Knowing God

Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it 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

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

Love and hugs,