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1062nd -- A Way To Find Enjoyment


No matter the trials, the setbacks or the struggles that come our way our 
countenance should remain steadfastly at peace because we already know 
that we will come out of every negative situation better than we were 
before it. Knowing that every struggle serves a purpose should cause us 
to remain joyful, hopeful and have a quiet confidence that all things will 
work together for our good in the end. Having and keeping a joy filled 
life has nothing to do with how easy life is at any particular moment. 
Being joyful is a lifestyle choice. It is a conscious decision that one 
makes that no matter what comes their way, they will choose to look at the 
good, they will thank God for their every blessing and they will have 
faith that no matter what comes their way, they will come out of it better 
than they were before.

Staying in peace is a lot easier to do when faced with the alternative. 
Worrying about a problem does nothing to bring about a better or quicker 
resolution to the problem, but when we stay in faith and keep an attitude 
of Joy and Peace then we will find resolutions come in ways that we never 
imagined. We must remember that it is up to us how we look at life. God 
has given us the choice to either have unconditional trust or unconditional
doubt. We can go through life questioning or we can go through it 
trusting. We can go through life being at peace or we can go through it 
in worry. For me it's always been easier to trust, to be at peace and to 
be filled with His Joy that is available to all who seek the Lord wholeheartedly.

Be encouraged to have a trusting attitude towards the Lord with your life.
He knows exactly what we need and when we need it. The Lord may not be 
early in answering our prayers, but He is never late. The Lord will 
always perfect that which concerns us. Our job is to stay in peace no 
matter what the outcome looks like right now. As long as we have breath 
within our being then our story isn't finished and our journey hasn't yet 
ended. Remain in joy, remain in peace and continually and steadfastly 
trust the Lord all the days of your life. You will go through life much 
easier and you will enjoy life much more when you do.

I hope this message inspires and challenges your heart to keep Joy at the 
center of your life no matter the trials or struggles that are in your path.


At one time, Bangkok television aired the American situation comedy 
LaVerne and Shirley. For whatever reason, officials there believed that a 
disclaimer was necessary for the Thailand audience, so this subtitle was 
added to each show: “The two women depicted in the following episode are 
from an insane asylum.”

Personally, I'm thankful there is a little silliness in the world. And I 
don't mind not acting like everybody else. Like the “irrepressible” 
educator and speaker Leo Buscaglia once said: “I don't mind if people 
think I'm crazy. In fact, I think it's great! It gives me tremendous 
latitude for behavior.”

Buscaglia knew how to laugh. And I think knowing how to laugh and have fun 
is an important part of living.

Someone asked me what I do for fun. I felt I should answer with something 
others enjoy, like golf or skiing. But my idea of fun is not usually 
associated with entertainment and recreation. It is more about squeezing 
as much enjoyment into every day as I can. Instead of looking for 
something fun to do, I try to make whatever I do a little more fun. And if 
I can't always do things I enjoy, I can learn to enjoy more of the things 
I do.

I like the word “enjoyment” because it has “joy” inside of it. So does the 
word “rejoice.” And rejoicing is a way to find enjoyment of life.

Speaking of Leo Buscaglia, he used to tell a story about his mother and 
their “misery dinner.” It was the night after his father came home and 
said it looked as if he would have to go into bankruptcy because his 
partner had absconded with their firm's funds. His mother's response was 
to sell some of her jewelry to buy food enough for a grand feast. At 
first, other members of the family scolded her for it. But she told them 
that “the time for joy is now, when we need it most, not next week.” They 
learned to appreciate the hopeful attitude that lifted them out of fear 
and into joy.

I want to learn to be happy even in those difficult and trying times. I 
won't be happy for the problems, but I will be happy in the midst of them. 
I need the soothing medicine of laughter when it hurts. I want to learn 
that the time for joy is now, when I need it most.

Maybe it sounds silly, but I want to learn to rejoice in all things. And 
If I'm doing that well, it really doesn't matter what I like to do for fun.

By Steve Goodier

Read and meditate on these scriptures:

Psalm 34:1-4 “I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall 
continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make her boast in the LORD: the 
humble shall hear thereof, and be glad. O magnify the LORD with me, and 
let us exalt his name together. I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and 
delivered me from all my fears.”

James 1:2-5 “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers 
temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. 
But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, 
wanting nothing. If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that 
giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”

Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto 
thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall 
direct thy paths.”

Psalm 20:6-9 “Now know I that the LORD saveth His anointed; He will hear 
him from His Holy Heaven with the saving strength of His right hand. Some 
trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of 
the LORD our God. They are brought down and fallen: but we are risen, and 
stand upright. Save, LORD: let the king hear us when we call.”

Philippians 1:6 “Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun 
a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.”

All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible. 

Today's Selected Poem: THE PROMISE
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/inpoem182.htm

Today’s Selected Testimony: MADE STRONG THROUGH WEAKNESS
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/testimony183.htm

In Christ’s Service,

Dwayne Savaya
God’s Work Ministry


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