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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Luggage (08/15/05)

TITLE: LET YOUR LIFE BE JOYFUL WITH HIM
By MELINDA MANSOOR
08/15/05


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"LET YOUR LIFE BE JOYFUL WITH HIM"


Let your life be joyful with Him. Let's go to:

Psalms 30:11 "Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness;"

turned (Strong's 2015) to turn about, return or convert;
mourning (Strong's 4553) lamentation or wailing; (from Strong's 5594) to tear the hair and beat the breast (in mourning) or lament (grieving or wail);
dancing (Strong's 4234) a round dance; (from Strong's 2342) to twist, whirl, dance, wait or hope;
put (Strong's 6605) to open wide, loosen, begin or plough;
off (Strong's 5921) above, upon, over or against;
sackcloth (Strong's 8242) a mesh (allowing liquid to flow through), for bagging or worn for mourning or in humiliation; (from Strong's 8264) to run, run about, rush, run to and fro, be eager or greedy or thirsty;
girded (Strong's 247) to belt, bind (compass) about or gird up;
gladness (Strong's 8055) to brighten or cheer up, be glad, be merry to make rejoice.

Let Him turn about your attitude in this life. It is easy to be negative and pulled down into things of this world. Let Him lift you up to Him and see all the great things He has in store for you. Even though you live in this world surrounded by death, you know that you have the Victory in Him through the Son because He has already overcome death for you. So enjoy that fact and enjoy life. So open your mind and be free of the past of anything negative that pulls you down and lift upwards towards dear God. Do not thirst, but plough into the Word and get filled with His Truth and be filled. Be ready to make a difference in this world and be happy that you are able because He is Able.

The Word is the Place to get refreshed and filled with His Thoughts so you are aligned with Him and lifted up to Him. That way you are at a better place. So the more you get into the Word, the happier and more at peace you will be. Yes, it takes some time, but time well worth spent. You are disciplining yourself in it plowing through it verse by verse and learning more about dear God so He can show you what it is He wants you to see. There are many examples and it is very clear if you just open your mind and get into it.

Thank Him and enjoy your time with Him. Share His Love with your family and friends so they see His Light in you. That way you naturally are sharing His Truth and Love with the world around you. Notice that places and people that you come into contact will enjoy the Love that you share with dear God.

Finally, let your life be joyful with Him. Make the effort to be happy and fight offensively with a positive attitude of faith. Dear God is so happy that you have stuck by Him for so long and enjoys you, too. Tell Him how much you care and let Him enjoy you even more. He loves you so much.

Thanks dear God for Your Love and Your Joy,


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Nina Phillips08/22/05
I so enjoy your devotional peices..love reading them and they are so uplifting. Dear God--who is he to you? To us. Does he have a name? I often wonder what our relationship could be with a Father that has no name? I call him Lord Jesus (Jehovah Salvation) Keep writing your devotionals, and that relationship will blossom forth like a rose in the desert. Thank you for sharing. God bless ya, littlelight
Jan Ackerson 08/22/05
I'm not clear on what this has to do with luggage, but the devotional is very encouraging. I'll be truthful--I always skip past the Strong's references to the "meat" of your pieces. Perhaps you could use Strong's to help formulate your ideas, then just write your devotional? You might draw in more readers that way.
M'Kayla Kelly08/24/05
You are a great encourager! Too bad this was off topic though you had some very important messages. The extreme use of Strongs really bogs it all down. Consider writing your next challenge without them. Keep at it!
Shari Armstrong 08/24/05
A wonderful devotional, but it didn't seem to fit the theme.
Carol Shaffron08/24/05
Could be that your piece encourages us to leave our old "luggage" or baggage behind? Encouragement is always timely!!!
Julianne Jones08/24/05
I enjoyed your devotional although I had to re-read to find the link to the topic. I, too, would suggest leaving out the references to Strong's. The rest of the piece shows that you have done your research and looked at the verse from several angles, so it's really not necessary and doesn't make for easy reading. If you're reluctant to leave it out altogether perhaps you could put it in your own words and just footnote the reference. But the rest of the piece is fine and just so encouraging. Thanks for sharing.