Intentional Conversations – Joy in Christ

Welcome back to another edition of Intentional Conversations.

Right now, we are walking through what the High Priestly Prayer means for you! Last week, we introduced the High Priestly Prayer and discovered that Jesus Christ prayed specifically for you and me.

Today, we are going to flesh out what it means for Christ to pray that our joy may be fulfilled in him. I also have a special guest joining me. We grabbed the small window of opportunity when our roofers took a break to shoot today’s Intentional Conversation.

(If you can’t see the video, then please click here: Intentional Conversations – Joy in Christ.)

I referred to a book in the video that I wanted to commend to you again, When I Don’t Desire God: How to Fight For Joy by John Piper. It is such an insightful book on finding our joy in the Lord. I hope you’ll check it out.

Next week, we’ll talk about Jesus prayer for us to be missionaries. I hope you’ll join me back here for another Intentional Conversation.

Now it’s your turn: What do you find robs you of joy?

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  1. We did a study on Philippians once that suggested there are 3 things that can rob you of joy: circumstances, people and things. But the root of all of them is that we are not keeping our mind on Christ. Thanks for this great reminder!

  2. Thank you for this. I enjoyed the baby holding. It was a picture of my daily life and conversations and I wouldn’t have it any other way! Though I do understand and relish a conversation with adults while baby is preoccupied! My joy stealers are generally attitudes. I let other people’s attitudes (especially my husbands) affect my own. I just read your post about praying for your husband. It was a good reminder and something I plan on doing more of in the future!

    1. I figured I could just bounce him on my hip like normal, or pretend to be something I’m not. 😛 Lots of baby bouncing over here, but I’m with you – I wouldn’t have it any other way.

      Attitudes. That is definitely a joy stealer. My husband always tells me to be the thermostat not the thermometer. Or something like that (I always mess up sayings…). But the point is that I should be the one setting the tone, not letting others set the tone for me. It’s much easier said than done, but it’s a good tangible picture for me to remember. Well, sort of, ha! If I get the saying right. Most days I’ve forgotten what upset me, and I’m trying to figure out how that saying goes. 🙂

      I just finished reading Loving the the Little Years and the running theme was about choosing … choosing to roll with the punches, the attitudes, and the general chaos of life and just enjoying it. It’s easy to forget that we have a choice.

      I pray your day is filled to overflowing with joy while you practice being the thermostat … or is it the thermometer? I’m pretty sure it’s the thermostat… 🙂