Abiding in Him
I am your Strength and your Shield. When you trust in Me—My awesome strength and shielding protection—you are helped enormously. Weights of worry fall off you as you connect with Me through trust. The resulting lightness within you invites Joy to rush in, and you can bask in My merry Light. I have told you that whoever follows Me will never walk in darkness, but will have the Light of Life. An excellent way to stay near Me is to place your confidence fully in Me. A heart that trusts in Me can even leap for Joy!
Another good way to follow Me closely is to give thanks in every situation. One of the simplest—yet most effective—prayers is, “Thank You, Jesus.” I encourage you to express your thankfulness in a variety of ways: If you are artistic, you can express yourself through singing, dancing, painting, sculpting. If you’re verbally gifted, you can speak or write praises to Me. More profoundly, you can learn to worship Me in everything you do. Whatever you do, do it heartily—as to Me, your Lord. Devote yourself to thanking and praising Me; these delightful disciplines glorify Me and fill you with gladness.
The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song.
~ Psalm 28:7
When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
~ John 8:12
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
~ 1 Thessalonians 5:16–18
And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men.