Go Out With Joy

For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace:
the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing,
and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.”
~ Isaiah 55:12 ~

I woke up this morning to the scent of scrambled eggs and ham and the sound of a soft rain. Now the clouds are giving way, revealing blue skies and radiant sunlight.

I thought this day was going to be another one full of laundry, cleaning, and busy-doings, but it is not! A friend sends out daily “Verse of the Day” emails and it seems as if just about every one has application to our day.

Every night after Noah’s asleep, I go into her room and pray for her. Last night I ended the prayer with a song about going out with joy and trees of the field clapping their hands, only I could not remember all of it.

This morning’s email was about “Living with Enthusiasm” and the verse was Isaiah 55:12! It was an encouraging reminder that today is meant to be enjoyed; even in the laundry, cleaning, and all busy-doings, because God is in the midst of it. Even now I remember the encouragement from Colossians 3:23, And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men.

Here is the Verse of the Day’s encouragement and prayer:

The word “enthusiasm” comes from the Greek word “entheos.” “Theos” is God. When you’re enthusiastic, it simply means you are full of God. When you get up in the morning excited about your future, recognizing that day is a gift and go out with a spring in your step, pursuing your goals and passionate about life, then God will breathe in your direction. Studies even tell us that people who are enthusiastic get better breaks. They’re promoted more often. That’s not a coincidence. When you’re full of passion, you have the favor of God.

Remember, God didn’t breathe His life into us to drag through the day. He didn’t create us in His image, crown us with His favor, and equip us with His power to just go through the motions of life. You may have had some setbacks, the wind may have been taken out of your sail, but this is a new day! God wants to breathe new life back into you. If you’ll get your fire back, get your passion back, the wind will start blowing once again. When you’re in agreement with God, He can cause the winds of favor to shift in your direction!

A PRAYER FOR TODAY

Heavenly Father, thank You for another sunrise, another day, another opportunity to praise You and pursue the dreams You’ve given me. Help me to stay filled with Your joy which is strength so I can serve You with my whole heart in everything that I do in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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