Mothers for Prodigals

Sunday, December 13, 2015


                                  J - Jesus
                                  O - others                
                                  Y - you

"….it is a time to celebrate with a hearty meal and to send presents to those in need, for the joy of the Lord is your strength. You must not be dejected and sad!” Nehemiah 8:10 (TLB)

Joy to the world, the Lord has come!

Humanity desires blessing, souls long for favor, 
But where is happiness? What is joy?
Anticipated possibilities occur for a few,
Reality’s probability dreadfully materializes for most. 
Life seems so hopeless.
The human condition needs a focal point.

Consider the simplicity of a child, 
Marveling in the present.
Either momentary delight skips along 
Or gracious arms wipe temporary tears away. 
No worry about the past, no dread for tomorrow. 

And Jesus says to think and live like a child, 
Forgiving, humble, and trusting. 

The eyes of innocent children fill with expectation,
Restoring mature yet jaded souls from life’s issues and worldly problems. 
Smiles turn to happiness with a chance of joy. 
Is it possible to be cheerful in the middle of pain?

And Jesus says to put aside worry and do not fear, 
Forgiving, humble, and trusting.

Turn away from distractions and consider the Lord.
As a child looks to a parent and longs to be held,
Focus on Jesus and desire His Presence.
Rest, relax, rejoice…..

Why let sadness devour your existence?
Imagine the elation of heavenly delight.
Endure trials and tribulations with the weapon of joy.

Jesus understands. 
Jesus is strength. 
Jesus is joy.

Wear the Lord’s strength when marching into the battle of adversity.
Jesus, our example, suffered mental anguish and physical pain.
While celebrating the joy of salvation for His people,
His life ebbed away on a cross.

Jesus understands. 
Jesus is strength. 
Jesus is joy.

Look to Him with joyful joy-filled eyes. 
He is before you, beside you, behind you, and around. 
Jesus is Emmanuel, God with us. 
If you believe on His name, He’s within you.

Rise up and position yourself before God Almighty. 
Hear His voice, listen to His words, believe His promises, have faith in Him. 
The Lord does what He says—always has, always will. 

Stand firm in joy—He works all things out for good.
Take up the shield of faith—He is dependable and faithful, He will do it.
Link your shield with the shields of other believers,
In joyful strength, lift one another up with encouragement,
Because Jesus fulfills His promises.

R - Redeemer
E - Emmanuel, God with us (romanized version)
J - Jesus
O - Omnipotent
I - Immanuel, God with us (Hebrew spelling)
C - Christ
E - Emmanuel, God is with us!

Joy to the world!

And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 18:3 (NIV)

‘Do not fear [anything], for I am with you; Do not be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, be assured I will help you; I will certainly take hold of you with My righteous right hand [a hand of justice, of power, of victory, of salvation].’ Isaiah 41:10 (AMP)

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses [who by faith have testified to the truth of God’s absolute faithfulness], stripping off every unnecessary weight and the sin which so easily and cleverly entangles us, let us run with endurance and active persistence the race that is set before us, [looking away from all that will distract us and] focusing our eyes on Jesus, who is the Author and Perfecter of faith [the first incentive for our belief and the One who brings our faith to maturity], who for the joy [of accomplishing the goal] set before Him endured the cross, disregarding the shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God [revealing His deity, His authority, and the completion of His work]. 

Just consider and meditate on Him who endured from sinners such bitter hostility against Himself [consider it all in comparison with your trials], so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. Hebrews 12:1-3 (AMP)                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
A joyful heart makes a cheerful face,
But when the heart is sad, the spirit is broken. Proverbs 15:13 (NASB)

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28 (NASB)
“Blessed are those
    whose transgressions are forgiven,
    whose sins are covered.
Blessed is the one
    whose sin the Lord will never count against them.” Romans 4:7-8 (NIV)

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 (NIV)

Jesus said, “I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:20 (NIV)

1 comment:

  1. A strong and solid boost from His powerful and glorious Word (The Truth!)......... - Matchless!