Rejoice in the Lord!

Psalm 42: 5,6 New Living Translation Why am I discouraged?    Why is my heart so sad?I will put my hope in God!    I will praise him again—    my Savior and my God! Psalm 37: 3-6 New Living Translation Trust in the Lord and do good.    Then you will live safely in the land and prosper.Take delight in the Lord,    and he will give youContinue reading “Rejoice in the Lord!”

The Joy of the Lord is my Strength

The Lord is my strength and shield.    I trust him with all my heart.He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy.    I burst out in songs of thanksgiving. The Lord gives his people strength.    He is a safe fortress for his anointed king.Save your people!    Bless Israel, your special possession.Lead them like a shepherd,    and carry them inContinue reading “The Joy of the Lord is my Strength”

A lighthearded Paws in troubled times

A Puppy On a puppy’s sleepyspotted tummythe sun connects her dots. Her back legs tricycle.Her pink snout-of-a-velvet church beads with milk;a muffle; an eyeswims under its lid as her brother’s tonguetakes her ear uplike a flower petal. Stephen Lindow Our Father, thank you for puppies and playful kittens, the wild birds who go about theirContinue reading “A lighthearded Paws in troubled times”

Radical Moments of Joy

Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea resound, and all that is in it. Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them; let all the trees of the forest sing for joy. Psalm 96: 11-12 new international version But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds inContinue reading “Radical Moments of Joy”

Fruit of the Spirit

Scripture But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, Galatians 5:22 new living translation  Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Colossians 3:12 new living translation  Get ridContinue reading “Fruit of the Spirit”

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