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Friday, October 31, 2014

Inspired by . . . Day 31: the JOY of the Lord

 

 

This post is part of a 31 day series on JOY

You may access all the past days by clicking here.

 

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Let them praise the name of the Lord: for His name alone is excellent;

His glory is above the earth and heaven.

He also exalteth the horn of His people, the praise of all His saints;

even of the children of Israel, a people near unto Him. Praise ye the Lord. Psalm 148:13-14

 

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This is it! Day 31. Wow. Seriously, I can’t believe I managed to write a blog post {and have it posted!} every day for 31 days. If you knew my life, you would see what a miracle this is – but then, your life is probably a lot like mine, at least in the time department {or lack thereof}, so if you’ve been here every day and/or if you’ve been writing for 31 days, too – thank you, and congratulations – we made it!!!

The very best part about the last 31 days is God, and the changes He’s made in our lives. I don’t think I’m being presumptuous here. He has changed me, and I know He has changed at least one {or more} of you - -for the better. That’s what happens when we read His word. Believe His word, and act on His word.

 

Thank God, the JOY of the Lord is an actual experience now,

and it goes beyond any conscious experience,

because the JOY of the Lord takes us into the consciousness of God,

and the honor at stake in our body is the honor of God.

Have we realized that the Son of God

has been formed in us by His wonderful Redemption?

This is the glory of the saint here and now—

the glory of actual holiness manifested in actual life.

 

Oh, my friend, I pray this is true for you; that the JOY of the Lord is an actual experience! My heart aches for this to be true in your life.

 

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Endings are the hardest part for me to write. Always have been.

So, rather than write an ending, I’m looking at this JOY series as a beginning! I love writing about JOY here on the blog and that’s not going to change. Plus, I have some other topics planned for the next couple of months to inspire us as we all navigate through the holidays - - with JOY!

 

I hope you’ll join me.

 

Shalom,

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Quotations taken from The Psychology of Redemption, © Discovery House Publishers

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8 comments:

  1. Wow. You made it, June.

    Rest well, slumber deeply through this joy-fueled weekend.

    Congrats!

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  2. Hi June! Congratulations my friend! You made it through the month, and I can't imagine committing to blogging every day. As I told you when you started, I had nothing but admiration for you. Making time for God each and every day, and using your gift of writing for his glory is just precious. How happy (joyful!!) he is for you, and may his blessings pour over you.
    Enjoy your weekend!
    Ceil

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  3. Congrats Dear Friend... What a lovely month I shared, in following you every day!

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  4. Excellent job, my friend. The things done for the glory and honor of our Father have a way of honoring us in humility and wisdom. I so appreciate your yearning heart and prayers. May God continue to bless you and bring you peace and of course joy...

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  5. Perfect beginning to your end! Your beautiful photos inspire me and your words draw me in to want to stay and soak it all in.I pray the joy of the Lord is an actual experience for everyone in their life. Blessed you linked up with The Weekend Brew.

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  6. Through the flowers and the birds and the Words... WE praise the Lord. Thank you for sharing so beautifully.

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  7. Congratulations! I am so proud of you. Thank you for keeping my heart seeking true joy. Have a beautiful week!

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  8. My Word for 2014 is JOY. It's been quite a journey, as this has undoubtedly been the hardest year of my life. I am learning that joy is something other than anything this world offers. And I am finding that I can't drum it up myself. So, my prayer all year is for the Lord to show me the true meaning of the word, and to make HIS joy the strength of my heart.

    Jesus, Only You!

    GOD BLESS!

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