Time for some love and joy

... ode to joy in the early morning ...!!!

… ode to joy in the early morning …!!! 

Love

We love because He first loved us.  1 John 4:19

Heavenly Father,

You have a love for us that never fails. Your Word is chock full of the word, “love” and the longing You have for us to love You in return. Please fill me with Your perfect love and live forever in my heart. Amen.

Joy

But let all those who take refuge and put their trust in You rejoice; let them ever sing and shout for joy, because You make a covering over them and defend them; let those also who live Your Name be joyful in You and be in high spirits.  Psalm 5:11                                                                                                                                                                          

Dear Lord,

You also wrote through the psalmist that . . . “weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.” (Psalm 30:5) Sorrow takes so much energy, Lord, that it feels like I will never have joy again. Perhaps a little of Your “high-octane additive” will help. Please add enough super-charged joy to my tank today to jump-start my life again.

And even when problems arise like dark clouds, low and threatening, help me to look for joy in spite of the dumpster-diving, roller-coaster emotions that swirl around me. I am grateful that You reign . . . and I will hold You to Your promise that joy will come again, in the morning. Amen.

~from Shattered by Suicide

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