Can’t Find JOY? [Short Encouraging Words]

“Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” Neh.8:10

JOY! What a powerful word! We seek it with all our heart, and we would do most anything to find it!

But how do we get it? How do we experience a cheerful heart in daily life?

The simplest way is obviously to do everything in our power to have life go well for us, to experience sunny days and all good things. But we all know that’s not possible, at least not every single day. There are many things that are simply out of our control. And so we must dig deeper for the source of unending joy. And mostly, we must choose it daily!

All too often we depend on our circumstances to make us happy. However, JOY based on circumstances alone is like being on a roller coaster ride . . .

One day UP, one day DOWN, up, down, up, down… ever changing, uncertain, it drains our energy and makes us weak.

However, JOY based on the LORD ( a confident trust in His Word, His promises, and His nature) is a firm foundation for our lives! For while we travel up and down along life’s journey, we remain stable, strong, unshakable, and full of joy and peace.

Take heart dear friend! Joy is not hidden from you. It’s as close as Jesus is to you. And He is right beside you. Jesus is your friend. He loves you, and wants to impart His joy you you. Psalm 16:11 tells us that in His presence is fullness of joy!

Now, look up. Go about your day with eyes fixed on Jesus. Lean on Him. Talk to Him. Meditate on His Word. Sing His praise. Draw your hope from Him. Believe that He loves you, is walking beside you, and working ALL things for your good. Let Him be your strength. He won’t fail you.

Dear God,

Help me not to rely on my feelings today, but on you! Steady my soul. Help me to become more aware of your presence with me. And mostly, help me to experience your peace and joy. Amen 

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I Will Not Be Shaken [Short Encouraging Words]

“I have set the LORD always before me. Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.”— Psalm 16:8

When you feel alone, unsteady, frazzled, shaken up, pushed to your limits and even crushed, cling to this promise from Psalm 16:8, as if clinging to God Himself:

“I have set the LORD always before me. Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.”

Now, press on with eyes fixed on Jesus, believing that He loves you, is walking beside you, and working ALL things for your good, and for His glory!

Dear God,

I have no idea what today holds, but I know you are always with me. Therefore I will not be shaken. Amen 

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Be Still [Short Encouraging Words]

“Be still, and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10
Beloved Child of God . . .
Be still. Be present. Be in the moment with a grateful heart. Don’t let your thoughts run ahead. Don’t fret and worry . . .
Trust God. Trust in his love for you. Trust in his plan.
Be still, and know that God is God over all that is happening today!
Be still, and know that God loves you.
Be still and trust in his Sovereign plan.

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A Prayer for God’s Steadfast Love and Mercy [Inspired by Lamentations 3]

Heavenly Father,
As I go through my day, help me to remember that your steadfast love never ends, and that your mercies are new every morning. Hallelujah! Great is your faithfulness! Thank you for your steadfast love, which you so perfectly displayed at the cross. And thank you for offering me tender mercy instead of judgement. Because of you, I can wake up each morning free of guilt or shame, and walk in newness of life. I lean on your love and mercy today to see me through whatever comes my way. To you be the glory forever and ever!
Amen

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

Lamentations 3:22-23
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What is Hope? [25 Uplifting Verses]

Hope is the confident expectation of good things from God!

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. — Romans 15:13
Everyone hurts. Everyone needs hope!

When life feels hard,

When your circumstances are messed up,

When you’ve lost your smile and daily motivation,

and nothing seems to be going your way,

what can keep your from giving up?

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