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“No soul that seriously and consistently seeks joy will ever miss it. Those who seek find. Those who knock, the door shall be opened.” – C. S. Lewis

We must take time for joy! Joy is a daily reality and is a constant source of strength for those who live in the Kingdom of God.

Joy always starts with time spent in His presence.

It is the time that you spend reading the Word of God or hearing the Word taught.

It is the time that you spend in prayer for others.

It is when you lift your hands in worship.

It is when you sing with gusto the great hymns of the faith.

It is being kind knowing that God Himself is kind.

Time spent in His presence are moments when we give more than we can afford to give.

It is when you forgive someone.

You are in His presence when you delight in the glory of creation!

It is the instant that your feet hit the floor in the morning and you declare, “This is the day that the Lord has made! I will rejoice and be glad in it!”

Joy is the atmosphere of heaven but it is also the reality of His presence on earth.

Practical Application: 

1- Today, enjoy the glory of God in creation. Take a walk and thank God for His majesty. Stand by a window and see His fingerprint in the clouds or in a star-lit sky. Look at the faces of those who sit around your dinner table and thank God for their freckles, their wrinkles or their idiosyncrasies.

2- Write the three things for which you are grateful in your “Thanksgiving” journal and share them. #beatdepression!

Declaration: 

I declare that I will make time to delight in the joy of Your presence! I will look for opportunities to notice the fingerprint of God upon my day.

Prayer: 

“Jesus, forgive me for not making time with You a priority. When I spend time with you, I discover an eternal reservoir of joy! Amen!”

Scripture:

Psalms 5
1Give ear to my words, O Lord, consider my meditation.
2Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: for unto thee will I pray.
3My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.
4For thou art not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness: neither shall evil dwell with thee.
5The foolish shall not stand in thy sight: thou hatest all workers of iniquity.in…: Heb. before thine eyes
6Thou shalt destroy them that speak leasing: the Lord will abhor the bloody and deceitful man.bloody…: Heb. man of bloods and deceit
7But as for me, I will come into thy house in the multitude of thy mercy: and in thy fear 

will I worship toward thy holy temple.thy holy…: Heb. the temple of thy holiness
8Lead me, O Lord, in thy righteousness because of mine enemies; make thy way straight before my face.mine…: Heb. those which observe me
9For there is no faithfulness in their mouth; their inward part is very wickedness; their throat is an open sepulchre; they flatter with their tongue.faithfulness: or, stedfastnesstheir mouth: Heb. his mouth, that is, the mouth of any of themvery…: Heb. wickednesses
10Destroy thou them, O God; let them fall by their own counsels; cast them out in the multitude of their transgressions; for they have rebelled against thee.Destroy…: or, Make them guiltyby…: or, from their counsels
11But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee.defendest…: Heb. coverest over, or, protectest them
12For thou, Lord, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield.

Inspirational Lifestyles: 21 Days To beat Depression – Seeking Joy (Day 12)  was originally published on praisedc.com

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