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Joy refreshes. It lightens the spirit, restores us physically, and opens our eyes to see those around us. Joy relieves stress and allows us to look at life through different eyes. Where can we find joy that sustains us in the face of daily challenges and changing circumstances? Lasting joy, deep inner joy, flows from nurturing our relationship with God through solitude, through time spent in Scripture and in prayer. Where do you need the Spirit’s ministry of renewing joy in your life and leadership?

Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and joy are in his dwelling place. —1 Chronicles 16:27

Prayer: Lord, as I reflect on these words, I am reminded that time spent with You brings me into Your heavenly courts, where Your presence overshadows all else. You know the hard places in my life; fill them with Your presence, Your strength, Your joy. Refresh and renew me today, as I spent time with you. I ask in Jesus’ name, Amen.

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