“Joy is a state of mind and an orientation of the heart. It is a settled state of contentment, confidence and hope. Joy isn’t just a smile or a laugh. Joy is something that is deep within and doesn’t leave quickly. Joy is given by God and something that He wants us to have…” ~ Theopedia
We talk a lot about JOY at this time of the year. Joy to the World. Christmas Joy!
And yet, in a few short hours Christmas will be behind us and we’ll go back to the realities of life that try to stifle our joy.
But true joy is grounded in so much more than the celebration itself.
True JOY is found in the person of Jesus.
So, I’m praying…
God, I Want Jesus to be My Joy
Father, Christmas is about celebrating Jesus, the Word made flesh … thank you!
And yet, too often when the festivities are over … I take my focus off Jesus and the stresses of life challenge my contentment, confidence, and hope.
Please forgive me.
I want Jesus to be my JOY … not just at Christmas but every day, every moment of my life.
Please help me.
You show me the way of life, granting me the joy of Your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever. Psalm 16:11
What an amazing promise, Father.
You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing.
You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy,
that I might sing praises to you and not be silent.
O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever!
You have forgiven me and carried me through pain and brokenness. You’ve shown me Your healing grace. You have given me faith in Jesus, the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
And although I have only see Him through the Words of Scriptures and in the hearts of Your people, I love Him. Through Your Spirit, I believe in Him. And in Him, I have a joy that cannot be explained. (based on 1 Peter 1:8)
Please help me. I want Jesus to be my Joy!
Show me the way of life, grant me the joy of your presence and help me focus on the pleasures of living blessed by and in Your presence forever. (based on Psalm 16:11)
And with Your help as I focus on all the blessings I have in and through Jesus…
I can be joyful because of the hope I have in Him. I can be patient when trouble comes, and I can enjoy coming to You in prayer with every need great or small. (based on Romans 12:12)
Father, by Your grace and with Your help … may I be full of the Joy only You can give.
So, that I can boldly proclaim.
I am full of joy! The Joy of Jesus!
Yes, Jesus is my JOY!
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