Joy in the midst…

Sometimes I find myself forgetting that there are things to smile about. I get so focused on the serious things in life, and God reminds me that in Him there is joy. And I do have joy, even when I can’t say situations make me happy. My joy is in Him, His promises, and His providing what is best for me.

But sometimes, I need to laugh. So this morning I listened to dad jokes. And then I found this video of a don’t laugh challenge. So, no serious meditations to share today, no scripture study. Just a couple of guys having some fun on April Fool’s Day sharing jokes in the Bible.

Take it to the Cross?

As believers in Christ, we often hear a lot of commands/directives but we’re not always taught how to do them.

 “Johnny, just let it go, give it to God.” “Johnny, hold on, don’t give up.”

One of the phrases that get thrown around a lot is ”take it to the cross”. It got in my head this morning and has still been swimming around a bit. This is what I’ve been thinking about, in addition to dying to ourselves, which is the simplest/easiest application of that admonition. (Easiest to understand, not necessarily live out!)

  • When I’m struggling with pain that someone has inflicted upon either myself or someone I love-Father forgive them, for they know not what they do.
  • When I can’t control/to help/make better my parent or close family member-Woman, behold, thy son! Behold, thy mother!
  • When I think/feel that God is distant/I’m alone-my God, my God, why have You forsaken me?
  • When I know that I need help but I haven’t been able to say that to another being with skin on-I thirst
  • When I have the perspective that I can’t bear what’s happening today any longer-Jesus reminds me of what is coming in our future: Today you will be with me in paradise.
  • When I have done all that I can, from my end, in a tireless perspective and I need the Lord to intervene, He says-it is finished
  • When I find myself at the end of this race called life-Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit.

I can’t – represents spiritual poverty

He can – represents sovereign majesty

I’ll let Him – is the victory that Christ has overcome this world.