Authentic Joy {Prepare My Heart for the Holidays}

Today is our last day praying together! I have enjoyed our time together so much and have prayed for each one of you daily.  

‘Tis the season to be jolly, but I confess that sometimes during this season joy eludes me. Between my many obligations, my long to-do list, and physical exhaustion, I can feel anything but joyful.  And here’s the thing. I don’t want fabricated joy; I want authentic joy. Joy that helps my heart to be merry even when my plate overflows.

What I’ve discovered is that sometimes joy is a matter of perspective. And it’s always a choice.
We can cultivate authentic joy by cultivating precious time with our God and King. His joy is our strength and He is our shield. Through His Spirit our hearts can be filled with joy. Through His Spirit we can not only experience joy, but radiate His authentic joy to our families and those around us. And that is the gift that keeps on giving.

{Let’s Pray}


You are faithful and loving and good. You are my glory and the lifter of my head. You are the giver of every good and perfect gift, including the beautiful gift of joy. Lord, I want to experience the holidays equipped with Your authentic joy. Will you please give me divine perspective, especially in the difficult moments? Will you please help me to choose joy?

Your joy is my strength and I desperately need it. I ask for You to help me create good memories by blessing me with times of great joy with You, with my family, and with my friends. Lord, You are my strength and shield. I trust You and I am so grateful that as You help me, my heart is filled with joy. I want Your joy bubbling and radiating out of me. Now and throughout the season. In Jesus’s wonderful name, Amen.

The Lord is my strength and shield. I trust him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving. (Psalm 28:7) (NLT)

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THANK YOU for participating in Prepare My Heart for the Holidays with me. It’s been such a JOY to pray with you these past eight days! I hope your prayer experience has been a good one, that you feel more refreshed and peaceful, filled with His great love and ready, through His abundant grace, for whatever the holidays bring.

Give-Away WINNERS will be notified by Monday, November 28, via email! 

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