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“Meternity” leave and our desperate need for Sabbath

When Meghann Foye’s New York Post essay appeared last week, she struck

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Unseen Joy

Scripture Reading: Luke 1:39-45

When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.
Luke 1:41

Elizabeth went into seclusion while she was pregnant. She was an old woman with a miracle child growing inside her. Whenever she felt her midsection, this gift of God likely made her smile. Even before Mary came to visit her, joy had taken hold in her household.

Today people tend to seek happiness more than joy. We often try to fill the hole in our souls with anything that will promise the happiness we so desperately seek. But happiness isn’t what fills the gaping void in our lives. That’s what joy does. Joy comes from the inside, not the outside.

Mary and Elizabeth knew joy. It came from the miracle inside each of them. As Mary came into Elizabeth’s home, the child in Elizabeth’s womb leaped for joy because the Holy Spirit was working inside both women. Elizabeth, filled with contagious joy by the Holy Spirit, said to Mary, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear!”

Joy doesn’t come from working, praying, or believing harder; it’s a gift from God. We can’t create joy; only God can. Joy comes when we realize how much we have been blessed. Mary and Elizabeth knew this, and they were filled with joy at God’s blessing and favor.

Today may our joy come from knowing that because Jesus ascended, the Spirit of God comes to work in our lives. Did you know that God wants to live and work in you?

Ascended Lord, help me to know the joy of having your life in me. Amen.

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Love Always

Liz’s band is going to play for Youth Fest unless all the arguing among the band members destroys the band first! Join the band as they figure out how to get along on this week’s Kids Corner.

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Mother’s Day Planning for Your Church

Research shows Mother’s Day is the third highest church attendance day across the U.S. While Easter and Christmas often monopolize your planning efforts, research from LifeWay suggests you need to be intentional about preparing your Mother’s Day service as well.  The idea that Mother’s Day church attendance is so high makes sense. With the likelihood of more family members...

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Empty Nest: From a Single Parent’s Perspective

The transition to an empty nest can seem challenging. Discover some wisdom for navigating this season with grace and help your child launch successfully.

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Saved By Grace. Now What?

We are not saved by what we do, so we're often extra careful to not talk about our actions just in case we might sound like we're suggesting they contribute to our salvation. But yet it is important to talk about how our actions change because of our salvation and what it means to live as a disciple of Jesus Christ. Paul's instruction to Titus helps us ponder this balance of justification by grace and what we need to do as a result of our salvation as well as fills us with hope for eternal life.

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