When was the last time that you raised your arms into the air and shouted loudly while doing the happy dance of joy over the wondrously, miraculously victorious life that Jesus has given to you as a free gift; a gift that He gave because of His love for you? If your days look anything like mine, it’s been a while. Thus, I need to ask myself, why has it been so long? The Lord deserves to be appreciated, praised, and celebrated every day. My attitude about life gets so much better when I am rejoicing in my relationship with Jesus; my heart and my head are truly on straight when I take the time to think about the grace and hope that He gives me for today and for all of my tomorrows.

 

Through our Lord Jesus Christ we have also obtained access by faith into His grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

Romans 5: 2

 

God wants to see us joyous; He doesn’t desire for us to go through life with sober expressions and deep worry lines; He wants our hearts to be light and our worries to have answers. God tells us that we should be living images of Him; so, we should carry the joy of our hope and freedom with us throughout our days. This doesn’t mean that we will always be happy; it doesn’t say that we won’t feel pain, grief, and sorrow; for these are all things that Jesus felt and that He demonstrated. Yet, He always knew the joy of His close relationship with the Father.

 

It is important and helpful to take a moment or two to consider the ways that God has blessed my life and to reflect on the ways that I know that I can trust Him with today and tomorrow. It only seems natural, after a time of prayerful soaking in of God’s grace for me, to jump up and to do a little happy dance of rejoicing. Go ahead, try it, no one is looking; and would it matter if they were?  

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