Thank you for giving good spiritual gifts, like joy, to your people. May the pastor's wife have joy in abundance this week.
If she is unhappy today because she feels unappreciated in the church or is criticized by one of its members, help her to see that happiness is fleeting and depends on the world around her. Instead, let her seek the joy that comes from you and lasts forever.
When she is very busy with ministry and other responsibilities, don't let her forget about you. Prompt her to spend time in the Word and to pray. Cause her to know the path of life. Please show this woman that in your presence there is fullness of joy. Remember your promise to make her most blessed forever.
As she encounters neighbors and co-workers who are negative about life because they don't know you, help her to take joy in the God and rock of her salvation. If this woman is tempted to imitate others in dealing with personal pain by sinful behavior, please restore to her the joy of her salvation and hold her up. Use her witness to point her non-Christian friends and relatives to you; allow her to shout for joy over their salvation.
If this woman is struggling with lack of spiritual maturity in the congregation or trying hard to love a rebellious daughter or barely making ends meet with her husband's salary, encourage her heart with joy. Holy Spirit, remind her that you are with her in various trials and will perfect her faith through them. Lord, please guide her through this momentary affliction. Bring to her mind this verse, "For His anger is but for a moment, and His favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes in the morning."
In Jesus' name,
The photo and quote are from A Gardener Looks at the Fruits of the Spirit.
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