Friday, October 22
Rejoice in the Lord Always
Philippians 4:4-9 NRSV
Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Philippians 4:8
Focus on the things that make a difference. That leads to a life of praise.
Thursday, October 21
Joy Fulfilled in Christ Sacrifice
Philippians 2:1-11 NRSV
Therefore, God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:9-11
The Apostle Paul says Christ was given “the name that is above every other name.” Isn’t it exciting to know that you have access to the name that still transforms the world.
Wednesday, October 20
God’s Joy is Your Strength
Nehemiah 8:9-12 NRSV
Then he said to them, “Go your way, eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions of them to those for whom nothing is prepared, for this day is holy to our Lord; and do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10
We may be saddened by the events of yesterday; but, go in the strength of today, knowing that each new day brings a new opportunity for the joy of the Lord to be made manifest in our lives.
Tuesday, October 19
Joy Fulfilled in Love
John 15:9-17 NRSV
I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete. John 15:11
We search the world over for things to complete us; but, a joy that satisfies begins with the love of God that meets us where we are to move us forward.
Monday, October 18
God Has Done Great Things
Psalm 126 NRSV
Those who go out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, carrying their sheaves. Psalm 126:6
Thank God for the times that you went out to sow, and God blessed you to return with a harvest!