God’s Gentle Joy

God’s joy is a gentle and humble joy that does not break the faintest heart.

“Come to me, all you who labour and are heavily burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and you will find rest for your souls.” – Matthew 11, WEBBE

A Gentle Joy

There is a kind of joy
that does not offend
that does not hurt
the grieving heart.

A joy that does not boast
that does not look down
on those who are weeping
on those who are sad.

But a joy that lifts up
a joy that cares,
a joy that shares
the peace that it has.

For it is a joy that is deep
a joy that is steeped
in goodness
and in love.

Start Today

However great the plan, there comes a time when you must BEGIN.

“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” – Genesis 1, WEBBE

BEGIN

Start right now
start where you are,
For you must begin somewhere
You must begin somehow.

Start right there,
start with what you have,
We can’t always have everything,
We can’t always have so much.

Don’t be careless,
yet don’t be too careful,
Make do with what you are given,
make the best of what you have.

Ask for help,
Pray for God’s blessing,
but in order to accomplish something,
my friend, you must BEGIN.

Gentle Like Jesus

We need to be both gentle and strong so we can be kind.

He will feed his flock like a shepherd.
He will gather the lambs in his arm,
and carry them in his bosom.
He will gently lead those who have their young.
-Isaiah 40, WEBBE

May I Be Gentle

May I be gentle as I speak
May I be meek
Let my words not break
A soul so frail.

May I be gentle as I hear
May I be tender
Let me not condemn
A heart already burdened.

May I be gentle as I move
May I be careful
Let me not hurt
A weakened man.

May I be like You, O, Jesus
May I be gentle
Like a mother so sweet
And so tender with her child.

Prayer for Courage

Lord, grant me courage that I may accomplish what you will!

Behold, I have made you into a new sharp threshing instrument with teeth. You will thresh the mountains, and beat them small, and will make the hills like chaff.
You will winnow them, and the wind will carry them away, and the whirlwind will scatter them. You will rejoice in the LORD. You will glory in the Holy One of Israel. – Isaiah 41, WEBBE

Lord, Grant Me Courage

Lord grant me courage
When I am afraid
Let me never compromise
Your ways.

Make me brave
Let me stay true
Ever let me be faithful
To You!

Lord grant me courage
That I may not fail
And that in all things
I may do what You will.

Help me to go on
Help me persevere
No matter how difficult
No matter how dark the way.

A Heart of Joy

Fill me with joy so I may share it with your people who are grieving in the dark.

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light. The light has shined on those who lived in the land of the shadow of death. You have multiplied the nation. You have increased their joy. -Isaiah 9, WEBBE

Fill My Heart With Joy

Fill my heart with joy, O, Lord
Grant me this so I may be kind
And so that I may have something
To share with humankind.

The world has grown dark
When it forgot your light,
The world has grown bitter
When it forgot your love.

Hearts are aching
And souls are seeking
Some way to relieve
All their pain.

They must know You,
They must find You,
Your happiness and Your light,
So they can be whole again.