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Increase Our Joy

Increase Our Joy

Whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ. — Colossians 3:23-24

Father, you are compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in love. You have removed our sins as far as the east is from the west. How great is Your unfailing love!

Some days are difficult, and I can become discouraged about my job. When that happens, help me regain my priorities and focus. Remind me why I serve You and whom I am really doing this for. Change my attitude toward the work you have called me to do. Help me be passionate and professional in my responsibilities because I ultimately do the work for you.

Please continue to be with my family. Bless them as they, too, work for you.

Increase their joy today.

Thank You for allowing me to follow my passion and You. Thank You for showing me how important it is to work with honor and distinction.

In Your holy name, amen.

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But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits. — James 3:17

Dear God, every gift from You is perfect. There is nothing bad in You. You never make mistakes.

Let this be a year of renewal, of following You more intentionally, more joyfully.

May my life show the fruit of the Spirit to those around me so they will truly see You in me.

Teach me what I need to know to shine the light of grace to others, to witness to people around me, to speak kindness and encouragement to those I meet along the way. Help me grow in your love in the days ahead.

In Christ I pray, amen.

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Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. — Romans 15:13

Heavenly Father, You turn our sorrows into dancing and our defeats into celebrations. You are the God who refreshes His people.

Even though I have many reasons to be jubilant and appreciative, I focus too often on the negative and dark things in my life.

Fill me again with Your joy and peace and an appreciation for Your blessings.

Teach me how to have fun and take pleasure in the life You have given me.

My family needs Your constant presence. When my children are older, let them remember that our home was filled with happiness and laughter. Give them eyes to search for joy regardless of their circumstances.

Thank You for the gift of joy and happiness and all the pleasures associated with being Your child.

In Jesus’ name, amen.

Excerpted with permission from Start with Prayer by Max Lucado, copyright Max Lucado.

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Start with prayer! No matter what is going on in your life today, the joy of the Lord is your strength... start by going to Him for your family, your loved ones, your job, your needs, and every issue of your heart. And rejoice in Him! Come share your thoughts with us. We want to hear from you! ~ Devotionals Daily