Day 145

John 15:11 These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.

This verse is talking about two different kinds of joy, mine and yours.

Jesus is the one talking so “my joy” is referring to His joy and “your joy” is referring to the joy of those listening… that’s you and me.  You are listening, right?

“These things” is referring to the words Jesus had just mentioned in the previous verse, keeping His commandments and abiding in His love.

Often times we get so caught up in our joy, we forget that we have a part to play in the joy of Jesus.  Jesus’ joy is subject to change based on the way we live our lives.  His joy does not remain in us if we aren’t keeping His commandments and abiding in His love.  His joy is affected by those things and our joy is affected by His joy.  If we are a source of joy to Him, He will, in return, be a source of joy to us, only a much, much more reliable source than we could ever be.

The joy He wants to fill our lives with is only available through Him.

No amount of money, no miracle wrinkle cream, no T.V. show, no shopping spree, no holiday, no perfect body, no perfect job, no-thing can fill our lives with joy like Jesus.

A few days ago I was supposed to be celebrating Christmas with a 6 week old little boy.  I thought about him a few times as we were opening presents and sitting around the table with our family.  Of course the fact that he’s wasn’t with us pulled on my heart strings, but I was able to walk through the entire holiday season with JOY.  How is that possible?  I am giving God all I’ve got, keeping his commands and abiding in His love, and in return He’s filled my life with joy.

Be a source of joy for Jesus today, and experience the fullness of joy He has for you!

“The joy of Jesus is not the pleasure of a life of ease; it is the exhilaration of being right with God, and consciously walking in His love and care.” (Guzik)

  1. I can be a source of joy for Jesus!
  2. Jesus is my source of joy!
  3. Nicodemus’ “Jesus Is The Joy Of My Heart” song.
  4. The holidays, which may have been hard without Jesus, were wonderful and joyful!
  5. Safe trip home from Tulsa.
  6. Little Praise Party DVDs.  Beau’s favorite today on the drive home.
  7. Talking with my sweet husband for four hours.  I love our drives to and from Tulsa.
  8. Home.  Sweet.  Home.
  9. Our Christmas tree did not disintegrate while we were gone.
  10. We got very motivated and undecorated the whole house… well minus one tree in the kitchen that Gus insisted we leave up for a few more days.
  11. Josh helped me unpack and put away all of the stuff in our suitcases.
  12. Josh found some Christmas tree disposal bags, keeping the needles to a minimum.
  13. Josh took the lights off of the tree for me… and did it outside in the cold.
  14. Josh hauled all of the heavy Christmas decor boxes up into the attic.
  15. Josh got us all caught up on laundry.
  16. Gus had a big time in his Optimus Prime costume.  It was pretty entertaining watching him pretend to be a truck and then transforming into a robot.
  17. Beau was trying to transform just like her brother.
  18. Usually the house feels so empty after we take down the Christmas tree, but this year we got to move our new chair into the spot where the tree was.
  19. Christmas is all boxed up, but my joy remains.
  20. Toe nail clippers.  How did people trim their toe nails before those things?
  21. Got to listen to an awesome message by Lee Cummings.
  22. Refuge by Deluge.
  23. Nice, relaxing bath.
  24. Clean hair!
  25. 20 something years ago today my sweet cousin Lindsay was born!  Love her and her adorable family.
  26. The Next Iron Chef season finale with Josh.  Yay for chef Alex Guarnaschelli!
  27. Found all of the new toys new homes in our home… now to find homes for the old toys.
  28. Josh went to the store to get a few things to tide us over until tomorrow and picked up dinner for us.

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