Tag Archives: Joy

One who knows

“Each heart knows its own bitterness and no one else can share its joy.” Proverbs 14:10

Maybe it’s time to take unrealistic expectations off other people. No matter how well I try to explain what I’m going through to others, they’ll never completely know how I feel. They can’t, and that’s okay, because God knows.

He sees every detail of my life. He knows every twinge and hurt endured along the way. I can come to him with my need for mercy, healing and peace.

He knows the thrill when something good happens. Others may get it to an extent, but there is one who understands completely.

Yes, we share with others. We tell the griefs, share the joys and listen to theirs. We carry each others burdens the best we can. But if I’m looking for another person to fully get it and understand, my search is going to be futile.

Here is my comfort: “But he knows the way that I take … ” Job 23:10

There is One who knows and may He keep you in His tender care.

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Like nothing else

Your words are what sustain me; they are food to my hungry soul. They bring joy to my sorrowing heart and delight me…” Jeremiah 15:16 (LB)dsc_0866

When I find myself depleted spiritually or emotionally, there’s a place to refill the tank…the Word.

God’s word is spiritual nourishment. It is much needed fuel for the day and satisfies completely. His word restores and energizes. It comforts and encourages. It’s packed full of health food for the soul—like peace, wisdom and strength.

The Word keeps me alive spiritually. When I’m feeling down, it restores joy. The Word brings light into dark and hope into disappointments. It settles me when I’m anxious and calms me when I am afraid.

Thank you for your Word, Lord. It satisfies like nothing else.

“Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law.” Psalm 119:18

“For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12


Delight in him

“Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4

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I grew up on a Kentucky farm with six brothers and sisters. Our favorite pastime was swimming in the creek. Many Sunday afternoons were spent in those cool rippling waters.

Our attention could not have been more fully in the moment as we waded, floated and swam between those tree-lined banks. We delighted in that creek.

To delight in the Lord is to be fully engaged in him. If I delight in him, my desires will be for the blessings of God and those desires will be met. I won’t have to overthink my life satisfaction rating.

If I’m immersed in him my desires will be intune with his wishes and satisfied.

Lord, give me a desire to fully delight in you—to know you more and follow you closer. I’d like to be as delighted in you as a bunch of country kids in the creek on Sunday afternoon.


A new song

He has given me a new song to sing of praises to our God…” Psalm 40:3

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Knowing Christ adds a whole new dimension to life. As the beauty of his truths grow in clarity, old thought patterns and beliefs fade away. There’s a new song rising in hearts open to Him.

This new song sounds different. It speaks of love that conquers and peace beyond all understanding, of no condemnation and comfort for the soul. It speaks of life filled to the brim and deep purpose—a higher calling for which to live.

Let the new song ring loud and clear. Let the old song be drowned out by strands of joy and peace, of hope and love eternal. Let the old song of fear and regret be silenced. Forever.

Lord, sometimes the old song threatens to take over. Let it be silenced. And as the new song swells may it drown out the old refrains. And may a song of praise ever rise to you.


God’s got this

“He does not fear bad news, nor live in dread of what may happen. For he is settled in his mind that Jehovah will take care of him.” Psalm 112:7 (Living)

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Dread hangs like a heavy dark cloud that may or may not release rain. It specializes in blocking out the sun. Living in dread of what could happen zaps spiritual strength and is a waste of mental energy.

One day of dread added to another, and then another, can result in a lifetime of hovering dark clouds.

I thought it was good to be prepared for the worst. How do I step out of this brooding, foreboding mindset and stop fearing bad news that could happen?

Regardless of what happens or doesn’t happen, God will take care of me. If I need to make adjustments, He’ll let me know. If the bottom falls out, He’s got me. If relationships are strained, He’ll walk with me through the difficult situation.

If I’m settled in my mind that God will take care of me, dread has no place to take hold.

Now then, be settled. God’s got this.

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Where will you go, thoughts of dread–

fears that race like thoroughbreds through my worry-prone head?

If thoughts are bridled and assured of your sovereign care,

where, tell me where, will worries then tread?

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What the world gives vs. what Jesus gives

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27*

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Jesus does not give to us “as the world gives.” So, how does He give in contrast to the world?

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The world gives temporary happy—

Jesus gives lasting joy.

The world gives an unsettled discontent—

Jesus gives unexplainable peace.

The world offers riches that vanish quickly—

Jesus gives treasure that lasts forever.

The world’s gods are pretty but fake—

Jesus is real through and through.

The world serves food that leaves one hungry—

Jesus gives bread that satisfies the soul.

The world claps loudly in the moment—

Jesus gives never-ending, unconditional love.

The world gives up and moves on when we fail—

Jesus remembers that we are dust.

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photo and poem by Patty Perkins

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*The One Year Bible, NIV, May 25, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, IL.

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Speed bumps

Colossians 3:15-17 “…and be thankful…with gratitude…giving thanks to God the father through him.” (NIV)*

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Speed Bump [59/365] (Photo credit: Knight725)

I keep hitting speed bumps on this journey through The One Year Bible. They’re showing up all over the place. They slow me down; they cause me to pause.

The speed bumps? Giving thanks. All through scripture there are reminders to give thanks to God—encouragements to take the time to express appreciation for his gifts.

When I slow down—by force or by choice—life becomes less stressful. There’s peace.

Thanksgiving changes me. It changes my outlook on the day, the year and the years all strung together—life. When I give thanks, I’m no longer focused on what I don’t have or what didn’t go my way, I can focus on what I do have and the good that will come. Giving thanks is the door to deep-rooted contentment.

I don’t want to arrive at the end of the road grumpy and bitter, having missed out on joys along the way. The speed bumps in God’s word will help me arrive with gratitude.

And by the way, dear reader, I’m thankful for you!

*The One Year Bible 10/7, NIV, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.

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