Shout for Joy!

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Psalm 98:4 says, “Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth, burst into jubilant song with music.”

Some days it is easier for us to shout for joy than it is on other days. But notice this verse says shout for joy all the earth. Maybe we should take a lesson from the rest of the earth. If something bad happens, such as a flooded stream, the stream doesn’t quit flowing or wonder why God is taking it from its boundaries. It’s almost as if it knows it will eventually settle back into the safety of its banks.

Sometimes I don’t understand what God is saying to me. Like the water in that stream, I want what is “normal” to return to my life. But I’m realizing more and more that God may want to change my “normal”. Rest and security will eventually come for me.

Until that happens, however, I can continue to trust that He has me covered. I can honestly shout for joy, for I am never outside of His watchcare over me.

And there you go!

Too Fantastic for Words

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Psalm 23:6a says, “and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”

What fabulous news! Praise God! We will live with Him forever!

Jesus assures us in John 14:2-3, “My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.”

Scripture teaches that these ‘many rooms’ are places Jesus prepares just for us. I am certain they are beautiful. I have often thought that mine has a rocking chair, and it is a beautiful shade of purple.

You see, I have three babies who went ahead of me, and I plan to rock them there. As you probably already guessed, purple is my favorite color. I bet its hue is fabulous in heaven.

What about you? What will your heavenly home look like? Imagine it as you go throughout your day.

All of us who are believers in Christ will be dwelling in our Father’s house in rooms too fantastic for words. Are you ready?

And there you go!

Do You Need a Heart Transplant?

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Ezekiel 36:26 says, "I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will remove your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh." Seriously!

That sounds like transplant surgery to me! But it’s a surgery of such promise. In her book, Fervent, Priscilla Shirer puts it this way…

Do you see the promise? I will give you. I will remove your heart of stone and give you a heart that’s alive and tender again, one that’s beating and responsive again. Engaged again. Able to believe again!

How about you — is that the heart you want? Are you tired of sad? Are you sick of the numbness that comes from apathy? Do you want the heart of flesh that beats Christ’s life through your very being?

Let’s ask Him to make the exchange, brothers & sisters. Our hearts of stone for hearts of flesh! What will it look like when His spirit is poured out in us, on us, and through us?

This much I know — There will be joy, unspeakable, and full of glory. His light will shine; His good news will be shared; His kingdom will increase. Oh, the half of it has yet to be told of what God will accomplish with hearts that are His. And there you go!

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