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This is Daily Joy

    'So he set off and went to his father. But while he was still far off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion: he ran and put his arms around him and kissed him'. (Luke 15:20)

    The story of the Prodigal Son in Luke 15, or more truly the story of the Forgiving Father, is the story which has changed my life. It has helped me to move from a person dominated by rules and laws, and the accompanying failure to achieve excellence, and enabled me to become a person of joy.

    ~It brings me the knowledge that at any time, anywhere in my day, or in my journey within, I can turn to the Forgiving Father, God.
    ~I can run to His open arms, as He is waiting right there to catch me and hug me tight.
    ~I have full confidence that God will accept me, however I am, wherever I have been, and He will lift me up with such complete love and happiness to have me in His arms and united with him.

    THIS BRINGS ME DAILY JOY.

    ~Knowing this turns the greyest of days into sunny skies within my heart.
    ~Knowing this changes clouds upon my horizon into new opportunities to grow.
    ~I am now able to see silver beneath the clouds and truly see the silver so brightly till the clouds themselves are insignificant.

    THIS BRINGS ME DAILY JOY.

    ~When I feel unworthy, God's wonderful love and grace enfold me, lifting me out of any negativity and giving me new hope and enthusiasm for life.
    ~Anytime I know that my actions, thought or attitudes are not as God would want from me, I have the knowledge that my Forgiving Father is ready to love and welcome me back.

    THIS BRINGS ME DAILY JOY.

    When my plans all go wrong from the time I get up in the morning, and nothings goes the way I had hoped it would, I have the realisation that God will accept me as I am, and that He can turn my fumbling efforts and my worst failures into learning experiences upon which I will become wiser and stronger.

    THIS BRINGS ME DAILY JOY.

    After a relationship falls apart, and I sense that there is nothing left I can do, I know that my relationship with Father God will never change, for He is always waiting for me with the same unconditional acceptance, every day and He always will be.

    THIS BRINGS ME DAILY JOY.

    When my time to stay here on earth is over, my death is not a worry to me, for I know that I have this same gentle Forgiving Father, waiting to receive me with a glorious welcome. I understand that whatever else I have ever imagined, nothing whatever will prepare me for the wonder, majesty and the beauty of living in the very presence with my Forgiving Father for all eternity.

    THIS BRINGS ME DAILY JOY.

    � 2006 Christine M. Jones

    Droplets from Life
    I would love to hear your responses, comments or input in any way. Please contact me at: christinesdroplets@yahoo.com.au

    Christine Jones is married to David. She has two adult children and precious grandchildren. She has worked for many years as a school teacher/librarian, and written children's material for several years in her 'spare time'. She loves nature, music and the theatre.

    John Mark Ministries