JOY STORY #30
Joy could look like this:
Just a few weeks ago, we were shopping at the local grocery store in our town, picking up just a few items. This doesn’t always happen, but this day it did! We got to the checkout and as the young girl was scanning our items, Phil asked her, “Did you know Jesus loves you?” She looked up, a bit confused and asked, “What?” So he told her again, “Has anyone told you that Jesus loves you?” With tears in her eyes, this girl said no one has ever told her that. We gave her a card called “Forgiven,” that explains what Jesus did for us. It’s a great tool to share God’s love and plan of salvation. She began crying and left the checkout counter.
Or Joy could look like this:
Another day, while at the drive-through window at Wendy’s, the girl seemed a little distant. Phil asked her, “What do you need today?” She said, “What?” He said, “What do you need God to do for you?” Her face changed and she took a moment to think then said, “I need a car to get to work.” So we just started praying right then for God to meet her need.
Or like this:
Your friend tells you he just lost his job and is deeply concerned about his bills. Join with him in prayer and agreement for a new job. Stay in contact with him, letting him know you are still praying for God to meet his needs. Don’t just tell him you’re praying, pray with him! If you can offer financial help, do it. Pay one of his bills. If you can’t, do what you can. Bring him a meal, groceries, etc. Encourage him to keep trusting God for provision!
How about this:
Sometimes a parent makes wrong choices, never considering the effect it will have on their children. While incarcerated the children are separated from their mom or dad. How will they celebrate Christmas this year? We participate in a ministry that provides Christmas gifts to these children. You can take your child shopping to buy a special gift for these children (Little Lambs). All it takes is a $25 gift to put a smile on a child’s face this Christmas. It will make an impact on their lives years later. It will also make an impact on your own children.
Look around you and find someone to splash a little JOY on! It will splash back on you too!
Living in HIS Joy!