This week, we're diving deeper into joy! With my husband publishing his book, The Joy Model, I've been thinking about joy a lot lately - about why it can seem like the hardest thing to hold onto. This week, we encourage you to hold onto Jesus and to joy and not to let them go!
1 Peter 1:8-9
Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
“I believe that a trusting attitude and a patient attitude go hand in hand. You see, when you let go and learn to trust God, it releases joy in your life. And when you trust God, you're able to be more patient. Patience is not just about waiting for something... it's about how you wait, or your attitude while waiting. “
This week, we're focusing on Trust, and how to believe and trust God for the good. Trust is really a topic we can't cover enough. Trust and faith go hand in hand, and if we want to develop our faith, we need to also work on developing trust. Do you trust God with your finances? With your family? With your health? Do you trust God for good things? This week, let's trust God to the point where it's uncomfortable - because when things are uncomfrotable, that is where we grow.
2 Samuel 7:28
Sovereign LORD, you are God! Your covenant is trustworthy, and you have promised these good things to your servant.
Last month, you might have made some healthy goals or changes in your life. How do you feel about those goals/changes now? Are you still continuing to make choices that benefit your body, mind and spirit? If not, why? You have God's spirit inside of you, and his spirit IS one of self-control. No matter what the enemy says you will not or cannot do, know that God says, "You can!"
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, "VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY," says the Lord. "BUT IF YOUR ENEMY IS HUNGRY, FEED HIM, AND IF HE IS THIRSTY, GIVE HIM A DRINK; FOR IN SO DOING YOU WILL HEAP BURNING COALS ON HIS HEAD."
"Therefore if you are presenting your offering at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your offering there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and present your offering."
Forgiveness paves the way for reconciliation. Jesus calls us to forgive, and to demonstrate his love and character by being a people of reconciliation. Forgiveness and reconciliation always cost us something - our pride, our pain, etc - just like they cost Jesus something. This week, do something that truly brings heaven to earth, and forgive (even if the person you need to forgive, is yourself).
“Never forget the three powerful resources you always have available to you: love, prayer, and forgiveness.”
-H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
It's February! Congrats to all those who participated and survived our 31-day challenge! We know how hard it can be to stick to those healthy habits - especially when they're new for you - so congrats to all who joined us. For the rest of this week, we're focusing on hope. Do you have hope for your future? For your health? If not, why? Hopefully these words will encourage you to always cling to hope, not matter what your circumstances tell you.
You will be secure, because there is hope; you will look about you and take your rest in safety. You will lie down, with no one to make you afraid, and many will court your favor.