Glimpses

Where Joy Resides // Glimpses Link Up

I walked into church this morning with a heaviness I was unable to shake. Financial issues, being reminded of our lack in a season of giving, and health issues have weighed heavy on my heart this past month. I came to give Him praise. I came to declare His worth, because He is worthy. I wasn’t feeling it this morning, but my mind and heart knew enough to posture myself before the King of Kings in an attitude of worship and give Him the praise He deserves.

I know the enemy would like nothing better than to steal my joy leading up to Christmas. His purpose is to distract and cause me

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Weekend Whispers

The Weekend Brew: Fullness of Joy

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 You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.  (Psalm 16:11)

Joy – that which provides a feeling of great pleasure and happiness.  Deep abiding, unwavering, the kind that makes you leap, twirl and spin, laugh uncontrollably.

If I can be honest, most days I have to reach for it.  And most often it slips through my grasp as I barely hang onto it.  I don’t always wake up full of joy.  I seldom “skip through the day” without a care weighing me down.  I rarely go to bed with a sense

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Faith

Preparing My Heart For Christ: {Joy}

This is the second of a three part series of Preparing My Heart for Christ. Today, I want to talk about joy.

Joy to the world, the Lord is come!
Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare Him room,
And Heaven and nature sing,
And Heaven and nature sing,
And Heaven, and Heaven, and nature sing.

This is one of my favorite songs to sing at Christmas.  Every time I sing it, I can’t help but smile, no matter what is happening in the world around me, or in my own life.  This song makes me feel happy, but it also causes me to stop and reflect on the joy that

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Weekend Whispers

The Weekend Brew: Protection & Joy

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But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them sing joyful praises forever. Spread your protection over them, that all who love your name may be filled with joy.  (Psalm 5:11)

When we make the Lord our refuge, He promises to fill us with Joy.  A refuge is a hiding place, a shelter, a place of safety.  When we tuck ourselves away under the Shadow of the Almighty, no harm will come to us.  And there, in that place of safety, He promises to fill us with joy.  Only in His presence is there fullness of joy.  My prayer is that I would

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