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The five minutes that will change your week. Today, let's focus all our attention on joy.  

Find a quiet space. Sit up tall, and close your eyes. Set a timer for one to two minutes per movement so that you can be fully present (or increase the time if you want a longer experience).  
 


 

First, pay attention to God. 


Take slow, deep breaths. Focus on the spot that you feel the breath in your body. 
  • As you breathe in, think, "Rejoice in the Lord always..." 
  • As you breathe out, think, "... again I will say, rejoice" (Philippians 4:4).

 

Second, ponder your inner world.


Process the following with Jesus:
  • What joy-blockers keep me from enjoying life?
  • What can I rejoice in today?

 

Third, prepare to love others.


Ask Jesus to help you answer the following:
  • Whose presence do I want to enjoy this week?
  • What steps do I need to take to prepare myself to enjoy them?

A closing prayer:

Father, give me an accurate picture of who you are. Take away my ideas that you're a crotchety, old man who's rarely pleased, and replace that image with the truth  you're a Father who joyfully sings over His children. Father, help me experience your out-loud-laughing enjoyment of my presence. 

Help me to be like you. To delight in the delightful. To rejoice in that which is worthy of my joy. To celebrate freely, not withholding praise from those who should receive it. Help me to rejoice always. And even when my circumstances hinder my happiness, free me to delight all the more in you. I love you, Lord, and you are worthy of my joy. 

Amen.


Peace be with you until next week,
Rusty McKie 
 


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If you're wondering, this is why I lead you to focus on your breath

If you missed this week’s article, check out Brenda Lee, Bing Crosby, and Jesus Christ.

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