Intentionally joyful

Good morning everyone,
Our theme for this month: “Savor the time”
Our Bible verse for today: “Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Intentionally joyful”
This morning I want to give a shout-out to Brooke Foster. In a previous devotional this week I encouraged you to view a video clip of “The Snoopy Dance”. It was simply my way of encouraging all of us to be intentional about choosing joy. Brooke responded and shared with me a video clip of another song and dance that I think makes the same point, only better. It’s the song “Happy Dance” by the Christian music group MercyMe. I have attached a link for it below and I encourage you to take a moment to watch it.
It’s a great song, along a clever video montage. The song is upbeat and sings about many of the reasons we have to find our joy in the Lord. The dance video is fun and funny, but pay attention to the lyrics too. The meaning of the song is essentially the same thing the Old Testament leader Nehemiah was saying to the Jewish people in Nehemiah 8:10 – be intentional about being joyful. If you read that story, you’ll discover that in that moment they were faced with big challenges and there was much going on that they were justifiably concerned about. Nehemiah told them to find joy in the Lord anyway. Their day would be better if they did.
You can choose joy. At any time and in any moment or in pretty much any set of circumstances, there is still joy to be found in the Lord.
I have attached a link for the music video below and I encourage you to take a moment to watch it. It will lift your spirits, cause you to smile, and it will get your day off to a good start. If you’re reading this on a computer, simply put your mouse pointer on the link address below, hold down the “control” button on your keyboard, and left click once on your mouse. If you’re reading it on a smartphone, just tap the link on the screen.
God Bless,
Pastor Jim
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