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JOYJOLT!

Very Cool - Can Even Be A Watch!We look for joy, but can never seem to find it.  If and when we do find it, then we can’t manage to hold onto it.  Joy is that miraculous and fulfilling gift that the Holy Spirit flows into our lives that enables us to face whatever life throws our way with hope, optimism, confidence and excitement.  Joy is that special gift of God that everyone wants, but that so few are willing to really work and live for.

It may be that your biggest problem is not that you are not looking for joy, but that you are looking for joy in all of the wrong places.  We try to find it in our achievements, goals and ambitions, but no matter how hard we try or what we accomplish, it just never seems to be there.  We often look to others and what they do for us or what they do not do to us for our joy, but this often leaves us worse off than when we began.  We sometimes even look deep within ourselves, only to discover that this is not the place, even though it sounds good.
Joy is found in one place and one place only.  Joy is found in the presence of God.  Psalm 16:11 says “You will make known to me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.”  Joy that is bigger, better and stronger than any other thing in your life can only flow from one source and that is the pure source of His presence.  If you want joy that will allow you to face and overcome even the worst that life will throw your way, then you must journey into and learn to stay in His presence.
Sometimes when I am really wanting to show my “mad skills” on the grill, I will take a piece of meat and marinate it in some liquid and spices.  I literally leave the meat in the liquid for a long period of time, so that it can soak up all of the flavor that makes such a difference. In the cooking world this is known as “marinating” the meat.
So Many Options!We need to marinate in God’s joy by living our lives in His presence.  We do this by 1.) Making it a priority to invest time in God’s Word everyday.  One of the tools that I use to help me with this is youversion.com, this online Bible has a whole series of reading plans that help me to get in the Word, stay focused and enjoy His presence.  2.) Worship God Who is more than worthy on a regular basis.  I have an iPod nano that I have programmed with some of my favorite music and I have a section of songs that immediately take me to a place of worship, where I can enjoy sweet communion and fellowship with my Creator.  3.) Spend time in prayer.  This is a great gift that God has given to us, but it is also one of the most unused gifts. Prayer is simply having conversation with God.  It means that we talk and listen.  This conversation is evidence of His presence and joy can’t help but flow through it into and through our lives.
Time spent is God’s Word opens the door for worship.  Real and genuine worship brings us into His presence.  In His presence we have the opportunity for conversation, which will fill out lives with His joy.  Hope you enjoy the joy of His presence today!

Five Steps To Grow A Heart Of Thanksgiving!

Psalms 100:1-5 1. Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth. 2. Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. 3.  Know that the LORD is God.  It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. 4. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. 5.  For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.

Here Are The Five Steps!

1.  SHOUT FOR JOY!  (v.1) God has filled us with the good stuff of Himself, we cannot keep that in!  It has to come out and it should come out powerfully in a shout for joy!  God has filled us with Himself, so that we can share Him with others!  Take some time today to think about God’s goodness in your life and start shouting for joy!

2.  SERVE WITH GLADNESS!  (v. 2) We worship the Lord by serving the Lord and we are to serve Him with gladness!  One of the best ways that we can serve Him is by serving others.  Service alone is not enough, it has to be service in the right spirit and that right spirit is service with gladness!  Get busy serving God by serving others and do it with an attitude and spirit of gladness which says:  “I get to!”, not “I have to!”

3.  SING JOYFUL SONGS!  (v. 2) God wants our happiness!  He really does desire for you and me to live happy and fulfilled lives!  We can live these lives of joy and we should live these lives of joy in His presence and for His glory!  Remember real joy starts with you and the attitude of your heart and life!

4.  SENSE GOD’S GOODNESS!  (v.3) Look at your body, it really is amazing that God would bless us with the ability and senses that He has blessed us with!  We can see beauty all around us.  We can hear the gentle whisper of love spoken from those we love.  We can smell the fragrance of sweetness and taste the goodness of God’s surprises.  We can touch and be touched and feel the warmth of love in shared experiences.  God has already blessed us with all of this and He is not finished with us yet!  God made us and we are His.  Sense and appreciate His goodness!

5.  SHARE THANKSGIVING AND PRAISE!  (vv. 4-5) Everywhere we go, we are in the presence of God!  Thanksgiving and praise should be a continual part of our lives!  God is good and His love is everlasting, meaning that it will never run out and it will always be around!  God is faithful and so should we be!

Take these steps and you will be well on your way to growing a heart of thanksgiving!

Got A Goal?

Achieve Your Dream - Accomplish Your Goals!

Do you have a dream?  Do you have any goals that can help that dream become a reality?  Many people who I talk to have lost their dream and given up on their goals.  Today – I want to challenge you to dream again!  I want to encourage you to set, work toward and accomplish the great things that God has in store for you!  So read on, dream on and get to work on some goals!

Don’t Give Up! It is really hard to believe, but there are a lot of people living in our world today that have never set a goal.  So many people have given up on dreams, so they just don’t dream anymore.  The challenges and frustrations of the world that we live in, have caused many people to throw in the towel and just take whatever life may bring their way!  There is nothing wrong with learning to be content, but at the same time, we should know, trust and believe that God has something better!

Goals Matter! Having a goal is a natural part of life!  God has goals!  Look around you at His creation and you will see that He has short, medium and even long-term goals!  God’s ultimate goal is that man will come to know Him in a real and personal way.  It is God’s goal that each and every one of us might know His love and enjoy His friendship.

Blessing! God wants to bless you!  Part of you’re getting to the place of receiving God’s blessing is wrapped up in your setting and working toward the accomplishment of goals!

A Few Steps: First – Talk To God! Ask God to help you discover and develop some worthy and meaningful goals.  Ask God to help you in working toward the accomplishment of these goals.  Second – Get a blank sheet of paper and dream a little bit! What would you like to see happen in your spiritual, physical, mental, emotional, social and financial life?  Third – Get To Work! “A journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step!”   Start taking the steps!  And as you begin to accomplish and achieve the things that God has put in front of you, make sure to give God glory as He works to feel your life with His blessing!