“Don’t lose your Joy!”
Dad didn’t say much in his last few weeks, so what he did say meant a lot to him. Words mean things. I was meditating on what he really meant when he said, “ do you have your Joy?”.  As I started writing this I came upon this memo written by Pastor Gary from Kids’ Ministry.  To my amazement it is exactly what I was writing.  I think he wrote it better, so I am posting his words. I hope this helps all of you who need to “have your Joy”. Here’s how to get it, or get it back.

“One of the greatest mistakes we can make is being afraid of following the inward witness God places in our spirit.
That inward witness is God’s Holy Spirit communicating directly with our spirit.  It is the number one way God leads us.  All throughout scripture God has provided so many promises for you and I to grab a hold of and apply to our lives. His promises are there to point the way for us to see the fulfillment to our needs through prayer.  Jesus told us clearly in John 16closeERROR: The IP key is no longer supported. Please use your access key, the testing key 'TEST'closeERROR: The IP key is no longer supported. Please use your access key, the testing key 'TEST' that God answers our prayers so that our joy will be full (complete.)  Yet, many of us miss out on the joy because we fail to act on the voice of the Lord as He leads us.  The key is to start listening to and acting on that inward voice.  It doesn’t start with the big things, but with the small details in our lives.  Then, it builds from there.

God’s greatest desire is for us to live an abundant life filled with unspeakable joy.  This past year has been filled with joyous events happening all around me.  As I have quieted myself and listened to the Holy Spirit, I have — saved money on groceries and other bills, found misplaced items, solved computer problems, seen relationships healed, found resources for more effectively and efficiently operating the work of the ministry, ministered to someone whom I didn’t even know was in need, and more!  How do I feel when these things happen? I rejoice!  I make a special effort to praise the Lord and share a testimony with a neighbor, friend, or relative of how God is working.

Don’t miss out on your joy by failing to do something out of your ordinary habits when the Spirit leads you.  Listen to that inward voice and act on it!  God has something to say to you today!
-Pastor Gary”
Now that you know…. go get it! Nick Aldrich


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