Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of Joy. So do not despise your tears, My child; they are precious to Me. Someday I will wipe every tear from your eyes, but for now you inhabit a vale of tears. Just as water is necessary for seeds to grow into plants, your tears help you grow into a stronger, more joyful Christian. Your willingness to share in the sorrow of this deeply fallen world gives you depth and compassion. It also enlarges your capacity for Joy—your ability to enjoy Me in good times and tough times. Songs of Joy have been your birthright ever since you became My follower. Do not neglect this delightful way of worshiping Me and lifting your spirits. Even though it is counterintuitive to sing praises when you’re feeling sad, this is a powerful way to lift your heart to Me. As your Joy in Me encounters My delight in you, you can frolic in the Light of My Presence.
This is the Joy of the Lord!
Psalm 12 6:5–6; Revelation 21:4; Isaiah 62:4; Nehemiah 8:10
ZEAL FOR HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS
Psalm 119:128, 136, 139, 142, 163-164
In Jesus’ Name, I Pray God’s Will for You
I pray that you will have a deep hunger and thirst for God’s righteousness and truth. May you consider all His precepts right and deeply love His law. I pray that you will be zealous for His righteousness, and that you will stay away from every wrong path. May you be filled with God’s favor as you live by His precepts, for the Lord’s righteousness is everlasting and His law is true. I pray that your life will be a testimony of His righteous laws, and you will praise His holy name!
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
My righteousness I hold fast, and will not let it go: My heart shall not reproach me so long as I live.
~ Job 27:6
God is never so far off as even to be near
He is within: Our spirit is the home he holds most dear.
To think of him as by our side is almost as untrue
As to remove his throne beyond the starry blue.
~ F.W. Faber
Nearer, my God, to thee,
Nearer to thee!
E’en though it be a cross
That raiseth me;
Still all my song shall be
Nearer, my God, to thee,
Nearer to thee!
~ Sarah F. Adams
My Father, may I consider the place in which I stand: and may I not be deceived in thinking I am near thee while I am living far away. Teach me the way to draw nearer to thee each day, until my spirit may continually dwell with thee. Amen.
If a soldier demands that you carry his gear for a mile, carry it two miles.
~ Matthew 5:41 [NLT]
When we’re assigned tasks to complete, it is sometimes easier to take the path of least resistance. The easiest route is not always the course of action God would have you take. As Christians, we are called to go above and beyond the task at hand, and to go the extra mile to demonstrate the love we have for others.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me.
~ Ps 23:4
O will, that wiliest good alone,
Lead Thou the way, Thou guides! best;
A silent child, I follow on,
And trusting lean upon Thy breast.
And if in gloom I see Thee not,
I lean upon Thy love unknown;
In me Thy blessed will is wrought,
If I will nothing of my own.
~ GERHARD TERSTEEGEN
The devout soul is always safe in every state, if it makes everything an occasion either of rising up, or falling down into the hands of God, and exercising faith, and trust, and resignation to Him. The pious soul, that eyes only God, that means nothing but being His alone, can have no stop put to its progress; light and darkness equally assist him: in the light he looks up to God, in the darkness he lays hold on God, and so they both do him the same good.
~ WM. LAW
Light is sweet; how pleasant to see a new day dawning.
~ Ecclesiastes 11:7 [NLT]
When was the last time you had the chance to see the sunrise? It’s breathtaking watching the light slowly take shape at the start of a new day. It’s a simple reminder that each day has the potential for so much beauty. Today is a new, glorious day! Take the chance to create beautiful things on this new day.
The life which I now live in the flesh.~ Gal 2:20
I expect to pass through this world but once therefore, if there be any kindness I can show or any good thing I can do to any fellow human being, let me do it now; let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.
~ Marcus Aurelius