Thursday, January 7, 2010

Spin With Joy

Good Evening to All!

A quick announcement before we get started. As of Monday, I have signed up along with Families to read the complete New Testament in 3o days. I have Never read this much at one time in my life. I have read the Bible through in a year several times, but I'm the type of person who will start something, quit for a few weeks and then work like crazy to get caught up. This CANNOT BE DONE with this particular endeavor. I will actually have to stick with it no matter what. Please keep popping in with your encouragement. I will definitely need it.

The picture in the upper left is a new fun thing that I've joined into . It's also been introduced by Tim. Actually, I started from Redheadriter, but I think she started it from Tim. Anyway, it's also through Families This one is husband's being interviewed by their wives asking certain questions. Check it out ! It's pretty neat!

Tim, I want to thank you for inviting us to join you to sign up. This will not only increase my knowledge, (as every time I read the Bible I get a deeper meaning of everything), but it will also teach me discipline. So again I thank you.

If there is anyone else who would like to sign up, just go to Families and it will lead you to where to sign up and print out your reading schedule.

Also, I wanted to apologize if I have written this specific devotion before. While learning the ropes of blogging, I forgot that I should keep a record of the devotions I use so I wouldn't be redundant. Hopefully, there are some readers out there like me with short memories and won't remember reading this before. LOL! I will keep better records this year, I promise.

With that said, let's move on to :

Devotional: Spin With Joy

I have a special announcement as of this a.m. (Friday) . I have been worrying and aggravated over my blogfrog widgets Recent Visitors and Community. For some reason, for about the last 2 or 3 weeks they wouldn't show up on my screen. Every one else could see them, but not I. All of a sudden, this morning I checked my blog and there they are! I had written to blog frog over a week ago and had gotten no reply. I checked after seeing the widgets on there this morning and there was still no e-mail. I don't know what happened in the natural world, but I think God saw how upset I was getting and fixed it. I didn't want to lose any of y'all who might have been trying to participate in my blog frog discussiions, I couldn't even participate because I couldn't see them. Anyway, ALL IS WELL with my BlogFrog! Yea! Redheadriter, I'm back in the "game"! Thank you Lord!

OK, I'm calm, I was dancing around, but I'm calm now. On with my message! Thank you.

Today's Seed:
"This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it."
Psalm 118:24

What a glorious day! What? It's raining? The forecast is for the rain to turn to sleet? Then to freezing rain? with a possible tow feet of snow by morning? So, what's the problem? What a glorious day! God mad this day. Let's embrace it and be joyful.

There are days, however, when we just don't feel like rejoicing. Our lives are out of sync, and we just want to crawl into our cave and hibernate. But that's the perfect day to reread today's seed, and know that God is always here for us.

Psalm 118 is a hymn of thanksgiving, rejoicing, over all God has done. It begins and ends with a call to praise, repeating this verse---"Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever" (Psalm 118:1, 29). Repetition is always a clue that the repeated phrase is important.

The psalmist used this chapter to praise God for his many blessings. He thanked God for past blessings, for God's help with past struggles, for God's might, for God's love,m for everlasting life, for his salvation, and for God's light that shines on us all. The Psalms show us a great way to approach life.

With a little effort we can always find something fort which to be thankful. And thankfulness has a way of developing into joyful celebration. We'll be enveloped in God's love, and then we'll rejoice in that love like the psalmists. sun, rain, sleet, or snow, we can rejoice.

Dig Deeper: The Hebrew word for "rejoice" is guwl, which means to spin around under the influence of an emotion such as exceeding gladness, to be joyful. Allow your joyfulness to show.

Weed & Water: Each day is a gift from God. It's like a beautifully wrapped present, tied with a bow, just waiting for us to open and see what's inside. Children opening presents Christmas morning spin around in glee. It's so easy as adults to become self-conscious and to stop ourselves from expressing enthusiasm and joy. When no one is looking, try spinning around as you praise the Lord. You 'll probably end up laughing-- and that's the whole idea.

Sprout & Scatter: Perpetually pleasant people can be annoyingly fake. But the psalmist wasn't fake. He acknowledged his troubles, and then chose to focus on God's blessings. Next time things aren't going well or the weather isn't what you had hoped for, acknowledge your difficulties. Then try humming or singing this seed. Your joyful spirit can bring joy to others.

Think about it:

How can you show that you are rejoicing in the day God has created?

What can you do on those days when you just don't feel like rejoicing?

Prayer Pot:

Lord, I praise and thank you for.... ( insert your own praise and thanks)

Take Away Idea: Spin Around with Joy!

Good night and May God Bless!

Love & Prayers

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Lynette said...

your doing a beautiful job on your blog post. very bright and beautiful.

The Redhead Riter said...

You are so funny and you just crack me up! It truly is THANK GOD that your BlogFrog is finally visible to you! LOL LOL LOL So now you can see that I made EVERYTHING match on your blog including your BlogFrog! yeah! Purple!

I think it is a wonderful idea to read the New Testament. I love the words of Christ.

Anonymous said...

Hey, I think you turned off comments for the post above. I couldn't find the comment link.

Anyways, I always wondered what that 7x7 meant, thanks for explaining it!

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