through His Word
by Katy Kauffman
Icy delight falls in my backyard as I write this. All of the Christmas and winter paintings that we love each year are now a reality. Snow has found north Georgia, and my friends have already messaged each other with pictures of winter’s crowning beauty.
As the snow blankets grass, trees, and houses, I stop to pray.
Father, blanket my heart this year with a joy that lasts long after the snow melts. Help me to find delights each day that You have planted along the way. Keep my head in Scripture and my heart close to You. I want to stay wrapped up in Your love and Your truth.
When I hear children’s laughter in the neighborhood or at a grocery store, I stop to listen and watch. For some reason, I find it comforting when the little ones are all giggles and wiggles. Pure joy. Often, they wave at this grown up, and a grin shows their heart’s contentment.
Father, help me to let laughter escape at the unexpected. Help me to find fun wherever I go and to create it for family and friends. Help me to set aside the tendency to shoulder a burden too long and instead to leave it in Your hands. You design joys and adventures for us, and laughter heals the soul.
When I step into a friend’s house for our group Bible study, joy erupts. Conversation, food, and discussing Scripture is the trigger. I remember again what matters, and my heart is focused on God’s Word. Another prayer develops.
Father, thank You for Your Word that sustains joy in our lives, especially when we can study it with friends. Thank You for its hope-giving promises and life-changing truths. Help us to never forsake gathering in Your name to know You better. Help us who write about Your Word to always have Your wisdom and creativity. Your Word is our lifeline, in this new year and always.
A new year reminds us of our responsibilities for the next twelve months. We all have busy schedules, and looking at a calendar can feel overwhelming. But just as the snow in my backyard paints a clean, fresh picture, a new year promises a clean, fresh start. Sprinkled with joy. With the ones we care about. With our God who loves us completely and gives us joy every day. And one more prayer is born.
Father, in this new year, help us not to be so busy that we miss everyday joys, and help us to plan times of joy as a refreshment for our souls. Joy comes in the stillness and the busy. It’s always available because You are always with us.
“You will show me the path of life;
in Your presence is fullness of joy;
at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”
Psalm 16:11 NKJV
Devotional Journal Giveaway: This week I’m running a giveaway for a special book called The Joy Box Journal by Adria Wilkins. This book arrived in my mailbox at just the right time, and it renewed my joy with its devotions and journaling prompts. I loved reading Adria’s stories, and you can watch my video about her book on my YouTube channel by clicking this link: My Review of Adria’s Devotional Journal.
The journal comes with lined pages next to Adria’s devotions, so you can pen your own thoughts and prayers. It also comes with small cards that you can tear off of note pads in the back and place in the cutest box that you put together yourself. Each book comes with these cards and a box.
Everyone who comments on this post for the next few days will be entered into the giveaway. Comment on this post below by Friday, February 14th, at 2pm, and possibly win this beautiful, JOY-ful journal. What a great Valentine’s Day surprise! On that afternoon, I will comment on this post with the name of the winner, and then I'll email the winner if possible for a mailing address. So be sure to check back here on Friday afternoon.
Check out Adria’s book on Amazon, and see other reviews too. Stay on the lookout for joy. It’s all around us.
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