#JOY

Luke 1:39-45:  Mary, cousin to Elizabeth, went to visit Elizabeth.  Elizabeth is the expectant mother of John the Baptist.  When Mary arrives at Elizabeth’s house, the baby inside her jumps for Joy.

True Joy comes from Jesus. The world brings us down;  We look to Jesus and ask for peace and #JOY.

There have been times when the situation overwhelms me and I want to run out.  When this happens, I stop and pray.  A sensation of peace and #JOY replaces the anxiety.

It has not always been that way.  For a period, I neglected my relationship with God. When we pull back from God he gives us space.  God sits there and waits for us to come back to Him.  Once you have enjoyed the peace and serenity that only Jesus can give, it is awful when you are unable to feel His presence.

Through this I have learned that my relationship with God has to be nurtured. I read my Bible and pray.  Don’t have time to dive into the big Bible gathering dust on your coffee table?  Try starting with a Bible app.  Apps will give you a verse of the day many are free.  Some apps will give you notifications others will let you decide when to open them.   Developing a habit of reading the Bible develops your relationship with God.   The app won’t bring you #JOY God will.

39 At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, 40 where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth.41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42 In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! 43 But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. 45 Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!”

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