Stir up the joy

“The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him” Psalms 28:7, NIV.

Are you moping around
wearing a frown
looking like you drank pickle juice
Are you sad it’s Monday
mad it’s a work day
got people wondering
what’s wrong with you
it’s time to change
that old attitude of yours
it’s time to stir up some joy
it’s time to brighten your countenance
and smile a whole lot more

You have access to God’s joy all through the day, but the decision is yours of whether you will partake of it. No problem is worth losing your joy over. Decide today, “I will remain full of the joy of the Lord. I stir it up right now, and I choose to be happy.” You don’t have to have perfect circumstances to have joy. Joy flows like a river from God’s presence, and can be walked in no matter what you’re going through. God will fill you with His joy and no one and nothing will be able to take it away. If you feel void of joy, stir it up with some praise! Stir it up with some thanks! Remind yourself that what you’re facing is temporal, but your life in God is eternal. You serve a good God, and He’s working everything out for your good!

Prayer: Father God, you know what? I love you. You are my joy and my life. You are the reason I smile and the reason I sing. As you fill me with your joy, I ask that you let it bless everyone around me. Use me to brighten someone’s day, not cast a gloomy cloud over them. Use me to refresh, not depress others. Use me to shine for you and give people hope, all for your glory. Put a song in my heart and a pep in my step. Help me laugh more and smile. Brighten my face because you are good. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

“I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow!” John 15:11, NLT

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48 thoughts on “Stir up the joy”

    1. Amen .Thank you Lord, for letting your joy flow through me like a river this morning. Thank you for a new month and a new day as i seek your face oh God let your presence be with me aways. AMEN

    2. Amen and amen! Joy that flows like a river is my own, my Lord Jesus because Your love overflows through me. Thank You for helping me be what I could never be without You. Thank You for helping me do what I could never do without You! God, You truly are my Refuge and Strength! I know You are teaching me! I know You are holding me! I know You are singing a song of joy unto my heart! I receive it, my Lord! I love You! I am happy to be loved by You! Let my joy rise from these ashes in beauty and glorious wonder! You are my joy, Lord! You are the reason my soul is rejoicing more and more! Hallelujah! Thank You, Lord! Jesus, Your Name lifted high!! Your Name! Your Name, Jesus! Amen.

  1. This is just what I needed this morning thank you for remind me to spread joy and have joy I Love You Father and amen and thank you for another beautiful day:)

  2. Good morning. Holy. Father. I. LoVe. You. You. Do. Bring. Me hope. Y9u saved me. Your. Love. Is. My. Daily. Bread. Thank you for all your. Blessing. Diane ☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺

  3. Amen
    Glory be to God. Thanks Dots family because you have reminded me who I am in Chtist. There is no greater love than his love. This message is right on time as I am facing a giant in my relationship this moment, BUT God……..
    Have a bless day.

  4. Hallelujah❗Unspeakable Joy… the one this world didn’t give US and the one this world 🌏🌍can’t take awayπŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽπŸ™ŒπŸ’˜πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘GLORY BE TO GODπŸ‘‘πŸ‘‘πŸ‘‘πŸ™ŒπŸ™πŸ™πŸ™πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜†

  5. Thank you God for the Blessing words Stir it up with the Joy of God’s Love Amen Praise God My God My God Thank you again and Jesus name Amen

  6. Father God glows light and joy all over my countenance today. I wrote let anyone steal the joy you’ve given to meπŸ˜‚πŸ˜Š on this day.

    Thank you Sisters of DOTK

    1. Lord, won’t no one and nothing steal my joy away! God, my joy is here to stay! Not my will, but Yours! More of You and less of me!! I am here to receive all peace, rest, and joy! Lift up my countenance, my Lord! I trust You to see me through! Like You always do! You shall see me unto a blessed completion, my Lord. The joy of my heart shall put the misery and despair of my former years to shame!! Haha! I liked that promise, my Lord!! God grant me the patience and steadfast longsuffering to see me through!! My joy shall be rooted as a fruit of the spirit that will never rotten or wither inside of me! Let the joy rise and conquer me! Hallelujah! I am laying it all out, my Lord!! I want joy that is all consuming! I receive it, not in my power, but completely in Yours! Hallelujah!! Thank You, Jesus! In Your Name I pray. Amen and amen!

  7. In the of Emanuel all that touch and agree watch all YOUR BLESSINGS..on September5,2012 i was fired for doing my job..i was a 911 operator for a city..20 year’s I didn’t understand but how GOD took me away from a 90 thousand dollar a year job down to 0..and we couldn’t pay our mortgage for a year…trails will come and go but standing in faith..after all that now i can go to church and serve him and not the money..still have my HOUSE paid off 1 i understand then I didn’t

  8. Amen, Amen and HALLELUJAH!!! πŸ‘πŸ˜„πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜Š
    Have a wonderful and peaceful day DOTK. Women of God.
    “The joy of the Lord is Our strength Amen”.

  9. Thank you Father God.. for you loving joy. I need it today I receive it now I thank you ..I praise you n I giving you all the your son Jesus mighty name!
    Amen! I got the joy . I got the joy ..I got the joy in Christ jesus! Amen!

    1. Amen and amen to Carmen’s prayer! God bless you, Carmen. I prayed a prayer on yesterday’s post. Please go back and read it. It started as a response and prayer for Zebi, but God led me to pray for all of my friends. I hold you close to my heart as a dear friend, Carmen, and cherish your love, encouragement, and support. Your uplifting spirit smiles into my life when I read your prayers. Please go back and read yesterday’s reply to Zebi’s prayer. It is a prayer for my sisters and dearest friends. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your love and support and for your heart for God! God bless you, Carmen! Love you my sister and friend!

      1. Hi cricket crystal Marie. .thank you for your pray . love you my sister to much I will read it. N I will receive it to. ..Love you always.

    1. Amen Bridget B. God bless you my friend! Thank you for all your love and support and for all the help you have given me in the past few days by being transparent. Thank you for not being ashamed of who you are called to reach. Thank you for being a good example of Christ for me to see. You bless my soul immensely. Please go and read the prayer I left in response to Zebi’s prayer yesterday. It is a prayer for my sisters and friends. It is a prayer for all of my sisters here, but I just want to be sure you read it, Bridget B, for how much your transparent heart has blessed me. I pray that God blesses your soul in it! In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.

  10. Thank You Lord Jesus for unspeakable Joy !! The word teaches US that where the spirit of the LORD is there is liberty and in His presence is fullness of Joy !! Thank You Lord Jesus for Your presence for I will seek it all the days of My life!
    Thank You Father for Daughter’s Of The King such a Rhama word in a now season Thank You
    GOD Bless U all !!

  11. Father God, thank you for my joy, the world didn’t give it to me and the world can’t take it away. I love you Lord.

    1. Yes! Amen to this! My joy is not from world and it can’t be taken from me! Hallelujah! Thank You, Jesus! Your love is relentless! A joyful heart is my heart’s pursuit!! Holy Spirit, let loose! Cut and burn the noose of despair and hopelessness in the air!! God is bigger than all things!! He conquers the flesh that doesn’t want to bleed any longer! He rearranges and realigns all ways unto His purpose! His sovereign hand holds me relentlessly! No darkness can reach me here! I am held in the Sovereign hand of Light! No night can conquer the Light that always remains! You will never give up on me! You will never run out on me! You will never turn Your back on me! If the world fades away and all there is You and me on this battlefield of love, then I am still going to fight for a heart to love You with! Help me be a joyful heart beating in the darkness! I believe that You will never leave me! I believe that when all else fails, still You never will forsake me in my weakness! I believe that Your grace truly is sufficient and that Your power truly does work best in weakness, so You must be doing some powerful things in me! Because I am truly just a vessel of weakness, blowing in the holy winds of purpose! I am truly just a cup that is filled up, unto overflow, all for the Glory of mighty Jehovah Shalom! I am not alone! I am never alone! The joy of the Lord is my sovereign strength in weakness! I receive it against my own stubborn will, my Lord! Thank You for Your tenderness, mercy, compassion, grace, kindness, patience, steadfast love and faithfulness in spite of me! Your steadfast longsuffering is so amazing to a heart like mine! Thank You, time and time again! You rhyme Your love right into my soul some more, my Lord! Thank You again, Jesus! Amen.

  12. Yess Lord!! You are my joy & my strength!! Thank you for all that you are in my life! Amen. Thank u Dot family. Im new to this devotional & im loving it!! Such a blessing!

  13. Joy……… Joy
    Not just live and let live.
    but live and help live.
    Happy is the man that findeth.
    Wisdom, and the man that getter understanding :
    For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of it is better than thereof than fine gold.
    She is more precious than rubies :and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her.
    Length of days is in her right hand : and in her left hand riches and honor.
    Her ways are ways of pleasant ness ,and all her paths are peace.
    She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her :and happy is everyone that retaineth. her

    They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.

    There are no riches above a sound body, and no joy above the joy of the heart.

    Love your own soul, comfort your heart, remove sorrow from you :for sorrow has killed many, and there is not profit therein.

    Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.

    A merry heart does good like a medicine :
    but a broken spirit dries the bones.

    Pleasant words are as a honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.

    Health makes you feel now is the best time of the year.

    Unhappiness is not knowing what we want and need killing ourselves to get it.

    Some pleasures are more trouble than trouble.

    Happiness is enhanced by others
    but does not depend upon others.

    He enjoys much who is thankful for little.
    Joy on account of
    or joy in spite of?

    The happiest person is the person who think the most interesting thoughts, and we grow happier as we grow older.

    O satisfy us early with Thy mercy;
    that we may rejoice and stir up the gifts
    be glad all our days.

    The fear of the Lord makes a merry heart,
    and gives joy and gladness, and a long life.

    Let those who put their trust in God rejoice :
    let them every shout for joy because God defense them.

    May the Lord truly bless you all of my sister’s in Christ! !

    1. Thank you Bonnie! Love it! God bless you! Please go back and read my response to zebi’s prayer yesterday. It is a prayer for all of my sisters and a special blessing and “thank you” to my dearest friends! God bless you, Bonnie. May He prosper your anointing in written word. May your gifts be promoted unto the Kingdom. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.

      1. Thank you Cricket
        You are such a blessing I really look forward to read your response even with what you respond to the other sisters it’s always an encouraging word it motivates me the way the Lord use you is a mighty, mighty gift also for kingdom building it’s a witnesses to soul winning I know it’s being used for Sunday school, sermons, Bible studies, ect.
        The Lord Jesus has already told me this in the spirit what a wonderful blessings it is to be a blessing to others my heart rejoices I can only imagine eyes haven’t seen
        ears haven’t heard
        glory hallelujah to the most high God Abba Father yes my Daddy the blood of Jesus Christ of Nazareth
        So many possibilities TGBTG!

  14. As I read today’s message this morning I was happy not knowing that eventually this word was for me. When I came back home I was feeling sad things didn’t turn out the way I wanted it to. Then I reflected back on the message, it came ahead. God new how my day would go before I knew. God is so real and his word is truth. Thank you Lord. Love you DOTK.

    1. Warrior, God is so good like that isn’t He? Hallelujah!! Thank You, Lord, for Your providential timing! It is awe inspiring! Truly all that You are and encompass is INCREDIBLY AWESOME AND TIMELESS! AAAHHHH! Your love truly is such heavenly bliss! I love Your safety net of love, my Lord! Jesus reigns!

  15. Amen!
    The joy of the Lord s my strength. There are times when we are faced with difficulties and we’re low in spirit. The only comfort we’ve at such times is putting in my mind that we’ve a daddie who is concern about us and who never leaves us at any time.
    The Lord s near the broken hearted and near the low spirits. He’s a very present help in times of trouble. He sticks closer than a brother, closer than we can ever think and this gives me joy even when all ain’t well.
    We serve a sweet God.
    Sometimes days are long and night seem to never end but such ar the times when He’s really close to us. He suffered pain,humiliations and tribulations. He’s betrayed and denied by His very own disciples. The very people who He healed, Fed and preformed miracles to persecuted Him, spat on Him, judged Him and all the other untold miseries they dd to our Lord.
    He was deserted by all even His own family on the cross.
    The betrayal,denial and abandonment by His very close friends caused His great pain and that’s why He’s always with us at our trying moments. He tasted the bitterness of it and that’s why He never will leave us. What a great joy to know that He’s always there even when we think that we’re alone.
    How lucky and privileged we’re to hv a frd like Jesus. It’s sweet to trust in Jesus and there’s untold joy that s associated with this.
    For the sake of thy sacred tears,
    thy sacred imprisonment,
    thy sacred wounds, for the sake of your painful abandonment, for the sake of thy holy blood shed on the cross have mercy on us and let’s always be joyful for making us your children/daughters.
    In thy wounds we take shelter now and always

    1. Lord, God bless Anne. Her prayer touched my heart. Many prayers are holding me up now. I feel them. Thank you, my sisters. God is planting a joy in my heart that I share only with Him that can never be stolen! Hallelujah!

      1. I prayed a prayer on yesterday’s post in reply to zebi’s prayer, if you would like to read it. God bless you my sister!!!

        1. Thanks my dear sister. Yu ar always a blessing to me and I thank God for yu. Take shelter in His wounds and you’ll b safe always. I love my sweet one

  16. Lord, help me to follow your strange plan for my life with thanksgiving! I know how important it is to always give thanks and glorify your name no matter how hard our circumstances are.

  17. This is the day that the Lord has made. I rejoice and am glad in it! I rejoice in You always and again I say rejoice. I delight myself in You Lord. Happy am I because God is my Lord! Father thank You for loving me and rejoicing over me with joy. Hallelujah! I am redeemed! I come with singing and everlasting joy upon my head. I obtain joy and gladness and sorrow and sighing flee away. That spirit of rejoicing, joy and laughter is my heritage. Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is liberty – emancipation from bondage, freedom. I walk in that liberty.
    Father I praise and adore You with all my heart. ThankYou for inexpressible joy flowing from Your fountain of Life. Thank You for love friendship healing restoration all flowing from Your goodness. In adoration I can say God is my Helper I shall exalt His name forever! Great is Your mercy and kindness Your faithfulness reaches to the sky. Who can know You and not love You? In Your presence is fullness of joy! Halleluja! Be glorified my King and Saviour. I’ll sing praises to You forever and ever. Halleluja amen.Father bless and restore to each of these prescious people that which the enemy has stolen. Complete Your Beauty in them let them shine! Bless them for their compassion for Your body Daughters of the King. Let their lights shine in whatever their circumstances might be and uphold them with Your mighty Right hand. Thank You for never let go of us and watching over us with love. In Jesus name amen.

  18. Amen to the word. This has been on my heart over the last few weeks when the devil decided to attack my peace and joy. Someone reminded me that they are gifts and I should be careful to guard them. Praise God that what You give no one can take away. β˜ΊπŸ™†πŸ™‡πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

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