We are already nearly three-fourths of the way through 2014!
As I mentioned at the beginning of the year, my word for this year is joy.
If you look up the word joy or joyful in a Bible concordance you will find that God's Word
tells us what produces true joy.
While a new handbag, a fabulous thrift store find, or a fun outing might make me happy,
what brings deep, abiding joy is found in loving God, loving Who He is, and loving His ways.
Psalm 45 speaks prophetically of Jesus and tells us in verse seven that He loves justice and hates evil
and that because of this God anointed Him with the oil of joy more than anyone else.
We don't often see pictures of a joyful Jesus
and I wager that we don't often think of loving justice and hating evil as a joy producer.
When our values line up with the plumb line of God's values,
instead of being at enmity against His ways,
instead of our mind, will and emotions waging war with our spirit and the Spirit of God,
we begin to experience the peace and joy of God.
I encourage you to do a little Bible word search of your own.
It's interesting to find out what produces real, abiding joy.
Also happily linking up with the lovely Lisha Epperson.