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Sunday, October 5, 2014

Inspired by . . . Day 5: the kingdom within



This post is part of a 31 day series on JOY

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And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world,

that they might have My joy fulfilled in themselves. John 17:13


I’ve heard it said that the woman is the true thermometer of the house. The atmosphere in the home is going to be HOT or COLD depending upon her disposition.

“If momma ain’t happy, ain’t no-body happy.”

We can chuckle at that statement, but the truth is our attitude affects those around us. And this doesn’t just apply to women. Men’s attitudes and actions have great influence as well. Especially over their daughters. {But that’s a conversation for a different day!}

Jesus prayed that we might have His JOY fulfilled in us. How awesome is that?

This is a Truth – a promise that you need to grasp ahold of, dear one!

We can have His JOY!

How? Oswald Chambers gives us this insight:


The thing that kept Jesus joyful was not that He held aloof from actual things,

but that He had a kingdom within.

Our Lord’s whole life was rooted and grounded in God,

consequently He was never wearied or cynical.


Dear one, the key is being rooted and grounded in God! When we take our eyes off Jesus, it’s easy for the cynicism of the world to creep in.


Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself,

unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. John 15:4




Whether we have a distressful time or a JOYful time has a lot to do with us. We can choose to take hold of Jesus’ promise, or we can choose to focus on ourselves and our circumstances. Believe me, God has no problem with being reminded of what He has said! Praying Jesus’ words in His name is powerful, no evil can stand against it!




Are there people in your life that cause you to be cynical?

Why do you allow them to diminish your JOY?

What choices can you make to replace cynicism with JOY?




Quotations taken from Still Higher for His Highest, © Discovery House Publishers



Sharing inspiration here:

With the lovely Lisha







  1. Guilty. Some days I need to have more faith...thank for sharing these joyful thoughts!

  2. Beautiful post and photos! Joy is so important in our lives!

  3. This makes me think of our pastor's message today which was primarily . . . It's not about us; it's ALL about Him. We don't want others to miss Him. We have a choice to replace cynicism with JOY. The joy we find in Him.
    Much love to you.

  4. Hi June! I can often be cynical myself, it's something I really need to work on. I can steal my own joy, which is so counterintuitive. I often say that my worst enemy is...me! Much better to know that God remembers every promise and grace, and leaves me to love my life and serve him.
    Sounds like a good deal to me :)

  5. Thanks June, this post is helpful for me. And what a beautiful photos.

  6. A delicacy Deliciously this lovely frame on the first! Nice photos!

  7. Very divine photos and so creative ~Wonderful post filled with joy and reminding me to not let others take away my joy!

    Happy Weekend to you
    artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)


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