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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


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January 10, 2012 - Joy in Praise

By Dorothy Rugg

Many of us make New Year’s resolutions: We are going to lose weight, get into better shape, not spend so much money, be nicer, and the list can go on and on. A lot of our resolutions don’t survive until the end of January. Perhaps they’re so short-lived because we tend to make resolutions that deal with the outside of us when really we need to look at our hearts.

“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity” (Colossians 3:12-14, NIV).

Each new year, I’m reminded now is a good time to allow the Lord to work in my life to make me even more compassionate, to be filled with more kindness, and be filled with gentleness and patience.

But each new year brings many experiences I find challenging and even painful. What do you do when you don’t have or feel any joy in your life? I know for me there are times when I think the burdens are too great, the troubles so many, and there seem to be so many things coming into my life to try and steal my joy. Some days, I just want to stay in bed and pull the covers over my head and hide.

But through the years I have learned it is at those times that I need to press in closer with the Lord and find comfort from God’s Word. I’d like to share some Scriptures with you concerning joy:

“Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy. He who goes out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with him” (Psalm 126:5,6).

“The ransomed of the Lord will return. They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away” (Isaiah 51:11)

“Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs” (Psalm 100:1,2).

“Rejoice in the Lord and be glad, you righteous; sing, all you who are upright in heart!” (Psalm 32:11).

My joy is in the Lord, not in the circumstances around me. It is to the Lord I must take refuge. It is in the goodness of the Lord today that I find reason to rejoice!

Friend, if this year is bringing challenges or heartache your way, I urge you to discover the joy that comes when you praise our Heavenly Father.

— James and Dorothy Rugg live in Dalton, Pa., and pastor Mill City AG.



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