Encouragement for Today~In today's world of swirling circumstances, we need to be reminded of how much we are loved by God.

Abiding Joy! Really?!?!

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Abiding Joy? Really?!?

Private worlds are swirling with circumstances that defy explanation. And we can add Covid-19 to the mix .

The world as we know it fills the evening news with disheartening news about the world wide pandemic and the ways in which it is affecting our nation.

We hurt for people we love, and those we don’t even know who are suffering.  We are all grieving.

Friends, Jesus tells us that if our joy is IN HIM it is complete!

But how in the world do you have ABIDING JOY in the midst of all this pain?

It is not an emotion. It does not come and go. It is from the abiding in Christ that we can claim this joy. John 16:20 tells us it is steadfast in sorrow. 2 Corinthians 7:4 tells us that we have triumph in tribulation. Hebrews 10:34 says that it is lasting in losses. It is abundant in affliction states 1 Thesolonians 1:6

First….I must surrender. Throw up my hands and give up. I have to stop doing it on my own. Then I must become totally dependent on Christ. I must be obedient and rejoice in Christ. (John 15:1-11)

I abide in my home. What? I live in my home. I set up residence in my home. I go home to rest, for nourishment, for safety. I am comfortable in my home. It is not the house in which I live; it is the home in which I abide.

Can I abide in Christ in the same fashion?home-479629_640

I live IN CHRIST. I set up residence IN CHRIST and His spirit. I go to Him for rest, for nourishment, for safety. I am comfortable IN HIM. HE is where I abide. And in abiding I find JOY. Not a giggly, goofy comical feeling…but a deep abiding joy.

The catch? I must CHOOSE JOY. It can be taken from me if I allow it to be. Someone could kick me out of my home…if I let them. Otherwise, I am here to stay!

And so is HE! Abide in that JOY.

If you have not moved into that home…it might be time.

~Be Encouraged Today~


Author: sptchmom777

I love Jesus. If I say nothing else, that is enough. But for those curiosity seekers, I am a 60 year old former special education teacher, current part time CCM Radio Announcer and author... who is married to her high school sweetheart. We have been together for 44 years, married almost 41 of those years! We have raised two sons, who are now married, have jobs and mortgages. AND...we became grandparents to a beautiful baby girl in 2018!! We also have our furry son, a West Highland Terrier. My heart's desire is to encourage people in their daily life. I believe that the Father speaks to us all the time, sometimes I have been too busy to listen. Even during times of trials and troubles, which seem endless right now in 2020, HE is present and loves us unconditionally. Thanks for reading. ~Be Encouraged Today~

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