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A Daily Devotion for Friday, April 19

John 15:11

“I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.”

“Joy is the settled assurance that God is in control of all the details of my life, the quiet confidence that ultimately everything is going to be alright and the determined choice to praise God in every situation.” This is a quote from Rick Warren, and to me it sums up what joy really can be, in our truest, purest, experience.

Today’s scripture is taken from Jesus’ words to his disciples. He is preparing them for their future on earth without him physically at their side. We have never had Jesus physically at our side. But the knowledge that He is in us and with us always is what can give us joy no matter what is happening. This is certainly easier said than done. But when I feel my life is becoming dry, unhappy, or lacking in positives, the first thing I should do is go to God in prayer and draw closer to Him. I do think Rick Warren was right: ‘ultimately everything is going to be alright’ with God.

Holy Lord, Joy comes from you, and the knowledge that you are in control. When I have a moment full of joy, I thank you. The experience of joy is a gift from you, and I am thankful. Amen

Becky, transforming

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