Invitations to Joy

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Each day has its struggles, but also its joys.

 

“You will show me the path of life;

in Your Presence is fullness of joy.”  Psalm 16:11 NKJV

 

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With Joy

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” . . .the Holy Spirit testifies in every city, saying that chains and tribulations await me.” Acts 20:23 NKJV
“But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.”  Acts 20:24 NKJV

The joy of the Lord is our strength.

Thank You, Lord, for giving us the strength to finish the race with joy.  And here’s a simple poem . . .

Trials, troubles
and tribulations
lie ahead
for each of us

but can never
remove the joy
of testifying
unto Jesus.

God bless you with joy as you testify to the gospel of His grace.

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Your Joy

“Most assuredly I say to you that you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice; and you will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will be turned into joy.”  John 16:20 NKJV

“Therefore now you have sorrow; but I will see you again and your heart will rejoice, and your joy no one can take from you.”  John 16:23 NKJV

“Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.”  John 16:24 NKJV

Only Jesus can bring us joy like this.

Thank You, Lord, for a joy that can’t be taken from us.  And here’s asimple poem . . .

You will see Me
know Me

touch
My face

that your joy
may be full

and never
replaced.

God bless you as He turns your sorrow into joy today!

 

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With Great Joy

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“Now it came to pass, while He blessed them, that He was parted from them and carried up into heaven.
And they worshiped Him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy,
and were continually in the temple praising and blessing God. Amen.”  Luke 24:51-53 NKJV

I love how Jesus returned to reassure the disciples before being carried up into heaven.

Thank You, Lord, for Your loving patience with us.  And here’s a simple poem . . .

All that I
have told you

you will
one day see

with eyes
of understanding

and a mind
that’s set free.

God bless you as He reassures you today.

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Inside Israel – Overflowing Joy

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Hi and welcome to a look inside Israel today. Our sis in Jerusalem shares some of what is going on in her country and in her heart! Thank you for reading and praying!  Now, here she is . ..

Dear Brothers and Sisters,
I greet you from Jerusalem, where we are preparing for Elections this coming Tuesday.  It has been a grueling battle as our notorious political system exhibits its ‘colorful’ nature.  That is a nice way of putting it I guess.  The display of some 37(?) (I lost track.) political parties battling it out in the mud is something that grieves me. I try to listen to enough to be informed, but even more so to bring it to Him and find His direction, for certainly He cares about this country… these countries (yours and mine)…and we try to be good stewards…walking in the world but not being of the world.  The will of The Lord for this country, which is more then a country…a country engraved with a mysterious and ancient relationship with God…a country who is called to unfold prophecy today and to display His Name… what a responsibility! I am thankful that it IS HIS responsibility and not ours, but we ARE called to be stewards, and so we move toward an agonizing voting process and I do ask for your prayers.  Although ‘polls’ show an ‘easy win’ for Prime Minister Netanyahu, I do not trust polls, the media, nor do I trust the world’s ways…so prayer to Him Who knows the way ahead is our only hope through the pea soup of this crazy world. 
The annual Intercessors for Israel (ifi)(this is the prayer group that I participate with every Friday morning) prayer conference here in Jerusalem is scheduled to begin this year the night before elections (next Monday night) and of course it was set way before elections were called.  What perfect timing for a gathering of prayer warriors from around the world with a heart to pray for Israel!  Because of my work schedule, I will only be able to attend 2 morning meetings, however my husband has agreed to come to the meeting this Monday night, so I also thank you for your prayers for his heart to be warmed.  J
Thank you for having borne with my reports concerning our weather.  I had a lot of fun writing them! I was surprised (but shouldn’t have been) by those who wrote from ‘wet Europe’ saying that they hadn’t really thought of rain as a ‘blessing’ and thanking me for the reminder.  I had to stop and wonder…if I didn’t live in a desert would I be thankful for the cold torrential rains and snow?  I also lived in the California foothills during severe drought, but in Alaska we had abundant water (where I lived)…HOWEVER…we were subject to some very extreme weather conditions.  One of the ‘children’s songs’ that we sang at our fellowship back then, became a ‘stepping stone’ for me and I actually still sing it when I am particularly uncomfortable ‘weather wise’:
“It’s a happy day, and I thank God for the weather.  It’s a happy day, and I’m living it for my Lord, Halleluyah!  It’s a happy day, and things are going to get better, just living each day by the promises in God’s Word”
It’s just a little child’s song, but it moves my heart toward Him.  I was thinking these thoughts the other night after receiving some responses to my email and then the next morning (davka! Wouldn’t you know it!) in my regular morning reading I was in Psalms and read these wonderful words:
“He sends out His command to the earth; His Word runs very swiftly.  He gives snow like wool; He scatters the frost like ashes; He casts out His hail like morsels; Who can stand before His cold?  He sends out His Word and melts them; He causes His wind to blow, and the waters to flow; HE DECLARES HIS WORD TO JACOB, HIS STATUES AND HIS JUDGMENTS TO ISRAEL.”  Psalm 147:15-19
The following morning was my spiritual birthday!  Tuesday the 15th of January I celebrated 38 years in Yeshua… what a miracle! The day never ceases to ‘tingle’ me…to bring me to my knees… to humble me… to remind me that He found a literally barren waif on her way to kill herself with NOTHING worth redeeming and said ‘I will show MYSELF in this dark, filthy pit.  I will banish the enemy and display MY LIGHT where darkness thought it had the victory!’ And HE did!  As I sought to offer something to HIM as a token of thanksgiving…He instead filled me with such JOY this Tuesday… all I can say is that it was a ‘baptism of joy’! I hope that doesn’t sound pretentious, I just don’t recall such a feeling of every cell full of joy and thanksgiving!  ANYWAY…I began the day as usual in my time with Him by reading.  Currently I am reading in 4 places each morning: First covenant (OT), Second covenant (NT), Prophets, and a Psalm.  The night before I had shared from Ps. 147 with you (above) and here in Psalm 148, that wonderful Psalm of exhortation to praise, I read: (I am so tempted to write the whole Psalm here!)
…“Fire and hail, snow and clouds, stormy wind, FULFILLING HIS WORD…”
Oh my!  What a picture!  It seemed to me that He was showing me that whenever I am REALLY in the center of the will of God…doing His will…what I am created to do…I am FULLFILLING HIS WORD!  Is that crazy and perhaps carrying it too far?  It just suddenly all made so much sense…His ‘order’, His ‘harmony’, His ‘shalom’… it is even witnessed in the weather… (dramatic weather or calm) – all of nature proclaiming His glory.  As I read the Prophets and see how often He told Israel that they would be dispersed in their disobedience so that ‘the land could have her rest’, I began to picture the quiet and order taking over from the noise and disorder…the balance being restored.  It seems to me that when we ourselves as His children seeking to please Him, walk in His will, there is a certain ‘balance’ that quiets us and worship is a ‘natural’ outcome. 
Uh oh, I have let my joy spill a bit too far over into this letter perhaps.  Will you take this opportunity to forgive me for my occasional ‘over exuberance’ and let it be turned into joy and thanksgiving for your own salvation?  This great gift that we have received, totally unworthy, this mystery… it is what has made us brothers and sisters and has put such a love in me for each of you!  May you be greatly refreshed today and may we each be renewed in our first-love for The One Who has done far more then we will grasp in this life time. 
I miss you, dear brothers and sisters.  I send love from dramatic Jerusalem.  Your sis
 
 
 
 

Real Strength

“O You his Strength, I will wait for You.”  Psalms 59:9

I tend to think I’m stronger than I really am.

Lord, please teach me how to rely on Your strength and not my own.  And here’s a simple poem . . .

Wait and See

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Our strength isn’t in the number
of pounds we can lift

nor in the amount of miles
we jog to stay fit

but in the power
of His Holy Spirit

and our joy as we trust
in all He’s doing yet.

 

(Happy New Year to you and yours! )

Affliction and Joy

“And you became followers of us and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Spirit, so that you became examples to all in Macedonia and Achaia who believe.”  1 Thessalonians 1:6-7

Affliction and joy wouldn’t seem to go together.

Lord, thank You for doing what doesn’t make sense and wouldn’t be possible but for the power of Your Word.  And here’s a simple poem . . .

Life Skills

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He comes to us
in our affliction

bringing life
to what was death

giving joy
by His Spirit

 
increasing faith
with every breath.

There Was Joy

“Moreover those who were near to them, from as far away as Issachar and Zebulun and Naphtali, were bringing food on donkeys and camels, on mules and oxen – provisions of flour and cakes of figs and cakes of raisins, wine and oil and oxen and sheep abundantly, for there was joy in Israel.”  1 Chronicles 12:40

I love that there was joy in Israel.

Lord, we thank You that there is joy in us through Jesus.  And here’s a simple poem . . .

The Joy Response                 

Joy in the moment
for the little things

joy in the serving
of others and our King

joy in the beauty
of all that You bring

joy in the trials
a sweet offering.

With Great Joy

“Then Zadok the priest took a horn of oil from the tabernacle and anointed Solomon.  And they blew the horn, and all the people said, ‘Long live King Solomon’.”  1 Kings 1:39
“And all the people went up after him; and the people played the flutes and rejoiced with great joy, so that the earth seemed to split with their sound.”  1 Kings 1:40

Nothing like praising Jesus and rejoicing in Him to break up the weariness of our days!

Lord, may we shake the earth and the air and this world with our joy that comes from You!  And here is a simple poem . . .

Bursting

There is a great joy
welling up within
bursting forth
splitting the earth for Him
sounding out
a rejoicing in the midst
in tune with
His Almighty Spirit.

Doing Good

“Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.”   Galatians 6:10

It’s fun to do good in general, but it brings me a special joy to be able to do something good for a fellow believer.

Lord, thank You for those opportunities to do good, and for placing the “good” in us that we do.  And here’s a simple poem . . .

Extra Joy

So fun to surprise
with a good deed
to even do it
anonymously
and when it’s for someone
who also believes
His love spreads ever
more joyously.

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