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He Delights in Me and So I Have Joy!

My word of the year is “joy.” As I get older and live in this estate of sin and misery that is our world, I NEED to focus on joy more, not the passing pleasures of “happiness.” For happiness is just a temporary feeling. But joy is a deep-seated conviction that it is well with my soul – that is, an enduring perspective and sense of peace, contentment and knowledge that everything is going to work out for God’s glory and my good and that can only come from having a relationship with Christ. Joy is a huge emphasis in…

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Why Would I Rob Myself of Joy?

Psalm 30 1I will exalt you, Lord,    for you lifted me out of the depths    and did not let my enemies gloat over me.2 Lord my God, I called to you for help,    and you healed me.3 You, Lord, brought me up from the realm of the dead;    you spared me from going down to the pit. 4 Sing the praises of the Lord, you his faithful people;    praise his holy name.5 For his anger lasts only a moment,    but his favor lasts a lifetime;weeping may stay for the night,    but rejoicing comes in the morning. 6 When I felt secure, I said,    “I will never be shaken.”7 Lord, when you favored me,    you made…

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Living in Love

In the first five verses of Psalm 103, we see the benefits of being God’s child – If we are in Christ, He:forgives all our sin,heals all our diseases,redeems our lives from the pit,crowns us with love and compassion, andsatisfies our desires with good things so that our youth is renewed like the eagle’s. God’s grace enables me to soar like an eagle and not grow weary! But even more than grace, God loves us! This isn’t some temporary passing emotion like “falling in love” but a love that is connected with forgiveness of sin. As sinners, we shouldn’t be…

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Soaring on God’s Grace

January and February are difficult months for me. The days are cold and still short so I don’t go on as many walks, there isn’t much to look forward to, and it is the middle of the homeschool year where motivation is low. On a good year, there are days when I am just weary. And after almost a year of pure craziness in our world, I’m even more weary of it all. Whether because I get busy or lack motivation, I also find it easy to get out of my habit of spending time with God in the Word…

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