The other day I was reading through some of my old journal entries.  I enjoy doing this every few months so I can reflect back on what God has brought me through.  But every time I do, I am surprised at how often my prayers are about things I need or struggles I am going through.  I am a pretty upbeat person, but it seems that my prayer journal has become a medium for getting my hurts and personal demons out on paper.  Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely believe that we should take all of these things to our Father BUT I think we need to not forget to bring Him the good as well.

 This weekend we are introducing a new song based on Psalm 146.  As I was reading through it, I was reminded of a simple fact; as believers we should be a joyful people.  Don’t let God become your personal genie who is only there to deliver solutions to your problems.  Bring Him your joy.  And talk about your joy with others!  When you think of the salvation we have been given and all He has already done for us is there really any reason we should not be overflowing with joy?  So in your prayers tonight, bring Him your struggles, He wants you to; but He also wants you to bring your joy and thanksgiving as well.

 Finding my joy in Him,