Call to Prayer for March 6, 2017

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Call to Prayer for March 6, 2017

‘Fruit of the Spirit is Joy…’ (thoughts shared by Daphne Youngblood, Support Staff for Georgia WMU/WEM) – For the month of March, we will be sharing about Joy. Last month we talked about how love was given to us first by God and how that changed our hearts and how we love others. I will share how Joy has a major part in how we glorify the Father along our journey. As we live out life on mission, as well as our daily walk, what do others see? Do they see someone that is joyfully responding as the Lord would?  We must be aware that what is inside our hearts will come out in life. We must be diligent in keeping our vessel sea worthy or we will fail in the storms of life. Matthew Henry said, “The joy of the Lord will arm us against the assaults of our spiritual enemies.”

When I was lost, the only happiness I knew would come and go with the fluctuations of life. When I received the Lord in my heart, those days of hopelessness were over. Every time I was given an opportunity to push through the darkness, I didn’t always choose joy, but the more I read the Word and filled my heart with His promises, I became more aware of the Holy Spirits prompting, and I recognized the opportunity to choose the Father’s strength. As I began to rely on His strength rather than my own frailties the more joy I experienced.

I remember an event that happened when my son and I went to feed my horse one day. As a result of a misunderstanding, a fellow boarder became very angry with me for something I did trying to be helpful. This person seemed to be over reacting, so I just held my ground and kept calm and told her I was sorry.  She continued to yell at me and it went on for some time. My son even pushed my back in the direction of the car to stop the attack.  I just felt the Lord’s strength to remain calm and caring to this individual as I had always been.  My son didn’t understand why I was not upset. The next day was a different scene. This person was apologizing over and over again for her bad behavior. We hugged and on the drive home my son was quiet for a while and then said, “Wow, what if you had given her what she deserved yesterday?”  We had a great teachable moment on how to respond with joy in a bad situation. We as Christians are being tested and given the opportunity to choose and respond in a loving and caring way even in the toughest storms of life. My joy comes from the Lord and He gives me strength to choose how He would respond. We don’t need to let the things or experiences of this life take our joy in the mist of difficult situation. I sure was glad that I obeyed and used my Father’s strength to allow His light to shine and be glorified that day.

Joy is a choice and we can choose to have a great attitude. Trials help us to see what our heart is made of, so face each day with joy no matter the circumstances. We have many examples in the Bible that allow us to see the good and poor choices made when given the chance, so if you fail, try again and if you succeed, keep a humble heart. It’s by the Lord’s strength that we push back the darkness – not our own. Sometimes we forget all the blessings we have, not to mention being heirs of the King.

My prayer for you this week: Lord Jesus, as it says in Nehemiah 8:10, “for the joy of the Lord is your strength,” give us eyes to see in our own lives where we may not be living as you intended. Let us reflect Your light and proclaim Your promises and use Your strength to do so. Thank you Lord that we have the same joy the Father gave You. The kind of joy that is unwavering and it does not change its mind. May our attitudes line up with Your Word and be a witness of Your greatness as You alone are glorified. Jesus said in John 15:9-11, “As the Father has loved Me, so have I loved you. Now remain in My love. If you obey My commands, you will remain in My love, just as I have obeyed My Father’s commands and remain in His love. I have told you this so that My joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.”  Amen

Link to song/ Joy of the Lord:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x3gLeCiMJqI&list=RDx3gLeCiMJqI#t=0

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During March, we are sharing thoughts from several guest writers as we focus on the ‘Fruit of the Spirit is Joy. . .’ in our relationships with God and others.  May these weekly devotions help each of us to prayerfully examine our own relationships and if they reflect the joy of Jesus in our hearts and lives.

Mary Laughman, Georgia WMU&WEM Prayer Coordinator 

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3 Comments

  1. Glad the Lord ministered to you.

  2. Thank you Daphne! Love this testimony of being a light to others by choosing joy. 🙂

  3. Wonderful devotion and I went to the song, “The Joy of the Lord is my Song” and sang along with this group I’m not even familiar with. Just what I needed when it’s not too easy to always be joyful.

    Thank you,

    Mary Lynn Chitty

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