Saturday, May 3, 2008

Joy-Glow!!

Have you ever know someone that just always had a glow about them. They might not fit the beauty standards of today but there was a joy about their appearance-contentment, peace, happiness-they just glow! Joy-glow! That's my goal. It's not going to happen by losing weight, going to a spa, or by wearing a certain type of make-up. It only comes from within-its internal. Ask any of those people that you know who seem to just glow and they will tell you "it come from knowing Christ". They don't just know Him. They really know Him! They live constantly in His presence, seeking Him, praying to Him, loving Him.
I quote from today's devotional from the Blackaby's book in 'Experiencing Gods Day-By-Day":
"If there is anything that ought to characterize the life of a Christian, it is joy!...Don't deny yourself that which is your birthright as a child of God. Don't be satisfied with a joyless life. There ought to be in every Christian a deep, settled fullness of the joy of Christ that no circumstance of life can dispel. This comes when you allow the Holy Spirit to express Himself in your life...this joy is unlike any happiness that is produced by the world. It fills you and permeates everything you do.
Jesus did not pray that you would merely be happy of even that you would escape grief. He prayed that you would have the same joy that the Father had given Him; a divine joy, a joy that comes from a deep and unwavering relationship with the Father. It is a joy that is grounded so firmly in a relationship with God that no change in circumstances could shake it. This is the kind of joy that Christ is praying will be in you."
That the kind of glow I am talking about-that I am seeking. Then another reading from Beth Moore's 'Praying God's Word Day-By-Day' reminded me that if I look into the mirror and I don't see that joy, that spiritual glow, I need to examine my heart and see what might be infiltrating my joy!!
Search me, O God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.
~Psalm 139: 23-34
When Stephen was under persecution, in Acts 6:15 Luke writes "they saw that his face was like the face of an angel". I don't think I will have the face of an angel, nor will I ever-I think that is reserved for the faces of those new born babies!! Luke here is referencing Stephens joy. His glow came from the joy of the Holy Spirit. A joy that glows off an individual in the good times and the bad times. That's is what I hope to be rewarded with as I seek Him more, seek to love Him more and strive to serve Him more.
May you find His joy in your weekend!!
In His Graces~Pamela

9 comments:

Laura said...

Pamela,
If you can be a picture of joy in the midst of computer strife, you are truly an inspiration! Sending prayers your way regarding you laptop. It seems silly, I know, but these little things are a big part of our work and life, arent' they? Great words of encouragement in this post. thanks for spurring me on to examine my joy too!

SweetPea said...

Pamela,
Good post and food for thought. I struggle with joy in the midst of pain but your post definitely described something to strive for in our focus. One sermon series my pastor discuss joy verses happiness. God is not concerned with our happiness but rather our joy which comes from our reaction to circumstances. He said he is not happily married but rather joyfully married. Happiness is when circumstances happen to be happy. I had never thought of tha before when he commented that he's not happily married because that would mean his marriage circumstances are always good. Instead they are joyfully married regardless of the circumstances.

Have a blessed day.
Paula

Kelley said...

I love this. It is exactly why I named my blog Aroma OF Joy. Because I want to exude the Joy that comes from being with Jesus! Most of the time I fall way short but it is still my goal!

Lelia and I purchased our airline tickets to She Speaks today. What flight are you returning on. I know you are heading out a day earlier but maybe we are on the same flight coming home...

I hope things are better with your laptop. I will pray for you and the stress you are feeling right now. Isn't it crazy how dependent we are on computers these days? I thought they were supposed to make things easier....

Take care Pamela, and have a restful Sunday!

Love,
Kelley

Lelia Chealey said...

Oh yes, I do know the joy-glow. Have felt it, and have had it. Within anyway, not sure if anyone else can tell, but I sure could. Although when I'm walking with God instead of off on my own miserable path, I do feel & look better.
Great post.

Amy said...

I too want that same "glow."

Sometimes I have it, sometimes I don't.
The nicest compliment that has ever been given to me was several years ago; it was from a lovely lady that visited our Sunday school class. She sent an email to me the next day after having met me, and she said, "Hey Amy, I just wanted to tell you that you shine with Jesus's presence."

Sweet, sweet words to hear.

I wish I could tell you that is how everyone saw me, but obviously that would not be true. But what a joy to know that for even one moment in time, I did! Amen!:) When I am having a "crabby" day now, and I know that I'm not "glowing," I am reminded of those words.

Thanks for this lovely post, Pamela. I need the reminder often that it is not my weight, my hair, or my clothes that define me....it's what (and more importantly "Who") is in my heart that truly matters.

God Bless,
Amy:)

Pat said...

Pamela,
It was great to catch up to your BLOG today and your topic was right on in my book!!
I wanted to ask you if you would rejoin me as i have rebooted my "Pantylines" book blog and moved it to the forefront of my life. I would love to have you join me as i think through these issues of life with Christian women around the nation.
I would be grateful for any thoughts that you are willing to send my way!
Blessings,
pat

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tiggerdaisy said...

Great encouragement! I especially like the one verse you used:

Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
~Psalm 139: 23-34

Psalm 139 is one of my favorite verses. Thanks for the encouragement!

Prayers and Blessings!
Rebecca

Yolanda said...

I loved the Blackaby quote...and sent it on to several of my friends.

Joy unspeakable!

Lovingly,
Yolanda