Rejoice Devotions

Filled to Overflowing

It was a typical Saturday at our household of five. The laundry was piled so high that the children were climbing it and calling it Mount Manning.  I had a list of “To Do’s” longer than there were hours in the day!  It was time to have the children climb down the mountain of clothes and get this day of must-do’s moving!



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Rejoice with St. Jude!

Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of his glory blameless with great joy, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever! Amen!
                Jude 24-25 (New American Standard Bible-NASB)



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A Lasting Adventure

Your statutes are my heritage forever; they are the joy of my heart. (Psalm 119:111 – NIV)



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The Rest of the Story

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. 
Roman 5:1-5



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Rejoice!

Mary said: “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me—holy is his name. His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation. He has performed mighty deeds with his arm; he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts. He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble. He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty. He has helped his servant Israel, remembering to be merciful to Abraham and his descendants forever, just as he promised our ancestors.” Luke 1:46-55 
 
Though we don’t read anything about Mary’s parents or her upbringing, one thing seems certain - Mary’s parents took the commandments of God seriously.  God had given these commands to his chosen people Israel through Moses hundreds of years before and had encouraged them to, “Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up” (Deut. 6:7).  Believing these words, Mary’s parents put them into practice by teaching Mary to trust in the coming Messiah and his Word. This ought to serve as a good reminder to us that we are also to pass the baton of God’s Word on to our children, helping them to remain focused on the commands and promises of God in his Word, to rejoice in God’s faithfulness to us, and to share his saving truths with others! 



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The Source of True Joy

Luke 10:20 - However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.



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Rejoice in Persecution!

Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. Matthew 5:11, 12



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Love of Nature

May my meditation be pleasing to him, as I rejoice in the Lord.  Psalm 104:34



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