Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Joy

In this season of advent, I have been using the Good Morning Girls advent study, "Keeping Our Hearts Focused on Jesus" which is FREE on their website! We used this advent study last year and I brought it back this year because I loved it so much!
                   

This advent is perfect for families, there are "family activites" but they don't go overboard. Lots of just sharing Jesus with your little ones! I have been able to incorporate so much of what we like to do, IN WITH this study due to its simplicity! There is also a "bible study" type portion that I usually try to get up a little early for, that way I can do it in my quiet time. 

The theme for this week is Joy! And today's verse was Psalm 16:11 
"You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand."  Psalm 16:11 NIV

Somedays my heart just opens up to God during my study time and honestly, some times I have to pray about being more open and vulnerable to him. Today though, my whole self was filled with the JOY that only He can fill my heart with. 

The first part of this verse mentions the "path of life".YES, the path of EVERLASTING life! Knowing that because Christ died for ME, I will be set free from earth - into heaven - is just breath taking.  

The next bit is just as exciting! 
"You will fill me with joy in your presence"
If I just invite God in, open the door, and ask him to work in my heart... I will be FILLED with joy! In His presence, I will find hope, and love, and peace, and grace, and happiness, and contentment, and LIFE! How can one not be filled with joy, knowing all that Gods promises hold? 

He promises eternal pleasures at his right hand. His RIGHT HAND- the place of most honor. With Him we will be truly filled with such joy that we cannot even fathom here on earth. 

I am so thankful and blessed to be a daughter of God. In this season, I can't be more thankful for His son, Jesus Christ, who was born in a manger, and gave us with the promise of everlasting life. 

May you find Joy, and Hope in Christ this Christmas Season! 

Love, 
Dakota