January 20, 2020
I ask you today, to fill my heart with JOY. Please fill my husband’s, my childrens’ my brothers’, my sisters’ all of my nieces’, all of my nephews’, all of my in- laws’, my dear friends’, all those who read my posts and my blogs, and my wonderful church family’s ‘ hearts with abundant and overflowing joy today, tomorrow and every day after that!
This morning I put Jesus first. I prayed. I read His Word. I am reminded that JESUS is my Wonderful counselor! JESUS is my my Mighty God! JESUS is my Everlasting Father! JESUS is my Prince of Peace! It is Jesus who can fill my heart with joy even with stage 4 kidney disease and cancer and a mastectomy and chemotherapy. Jesus is my good shepherd. I am his lamb. He will watch over me wherever I am. ( Psalm 23, John 10)
Yesterday I put someone else second. I made a special dessert for a friend and her family. It filled my heart with joy! It gives me great joy when I can do something for someone else. When I have a fundraiser to help rescue and restore girls and boys from human trafficking it fills my heart with joy! When I collect blankets to give to homeless people it fills my heart with joy! When I send picture postcards to my sweet little great-nieces and great-nephews, it fills my heart with joy! When I support my church financially it fills my heart with joy! When I have a clean house and a hot meal for my husband to come home to after he works hard all day it fills my heart with joy! There is great joy in putting others second.
You all know I battle with depression. I need to remember I am important too. I feel so much better when I take care of myself. If I am eating right, getting enough sleep, getting out of bed, showering, getting dressed, reading God’s Word, praying, doing the things I enjoy doing, ( blogging, reading emails and posts on FaceBook, looking at beautiful photos on Instagram, feeding my birds, caring for my dogs, having a hot cup of coffee, playing Words With Friends, sitting outside) I feel so much better. It is not a sin to take good care of myself and to enjoy life.
May JESUS give you joy as you put him first, others second, and yourself last.