My personal Bible study this morning was about JOY. There are so many inspiring Scriptures about JOY, and since that is my theme for the year—A Journey of Joy—, it seemed fitting to start “my month” (I wrote about that yesterday) meditating on the subject.
Guess what? The bulletin cover at church was an added reminder.
Another “coincidence”? I don’t believe in coincidences. I know all my steps are ordered by the Lord, and He had another surprise for me. At Christmas-time I was in Oklahoma, and I asked a friend to check the L box in our internal post office (we send cards to each other at church). She had been walking around with three cards for me since Christmas. What do you think the first card that I opened was? Another reminder!
Being the multitask-er that I am, I couldn’t get the subject off my mind, so while we were singing I was making an ABC list of things that bring me JOY about God. Why during the singing? I can sing and makes lists at the same time. I don’t stand during the singing, and people in front of me block the view of the screen with the text of the songs, and since I know them by heart, it seemed very fitting to be writing praises to God as I was singing along. Maybe this list can help you, too, in expressing to God how He brings JOY to your life.
WHAT ABOUT GOD BRINGS ME JOY?
God’s awesome almighty power and answers to prayer
God’s blessings and bountiful supply for every need
God’s compassionate, comforting and consoling care
God’s deliverance and defense—He’s the defender of orphans and widows
God’s everlasting and excellent encouragement
God’s faithful forgiveness time and again
God’s glorious and unmerited grace
God’s healing, helping hope
God’s incredible and immeasurable love
God’s just judgment in all circumstances
God’s kindness to each of us undeserving creatures
God’s life-giving love—I’m the apple of his eye!
God’s magnificent mercy
God’s noble, never-ceasing communion
God’s omnipotent and omniscient omnipresence
God’s peaceful presence and powerful provision
God’s quiet whispers of love in the midst of turmoil
God’s rock-solid refuge and righteous redeeming power
God’s salvation and splendorous strength
God’s tender and trustworthy truthfulness
God’s unfailing and unlimited love and grace
God’s victorious triumph over death offered to a sinner like me
God’s wondrous works revealed in his world and his Word
God’s ‘xemplary ‘xecution of ‘xuberant love
God’s yoke, easy and light
God’s zealous love for me, most unworthy of all his graces!
What a way to start the week and the month! With God’s victorious grace and mercy, it’s going to be good. May you also have a good week and a good month.
Start each day with a song of praise to God and it’s bound to be good!