By Sarah Young
Sarah Young’s Jesus Always, the new 365-day devotional from the best-selling author of Jesus Calling®, was written as part of Sarah Young’s exploration of the promises of joy in scripture. Written as if Jesus Himself is speaking directly to the reader, Jesus Always invites you into a new way of living—a life of joy.
Thankfulness and trust are like close friends who are always ready to help you. When your day looks bleak and the world seems scary, it’s time to rely on these faithful friends. Stop for a moment and take some deep breaths. Look around you—searching for beauty and blessings—and thank Me for what you find. This connects you with Me in a wonderful way. Speak to Me in glowing terms about the many good gifts I’ve provided. Make the effort to thank Me with enthusiasm, regardless of how you’re feeling. As you persist in expressing your gratitude, you’ll find yourself becoming joyful.
It’s also helpful to frequently voice your trust in Me. This reminds you that I am with you and I am absolutely reliable! There are always areas of your life where you need to trust Me more fully. When hard times come, view them as opportunities to expand the scope of your trust—living by faith in these challenging seasons. Don’t waste the opportunities; use them to come closer to Me. I welcome you warmly, with open arms!
It is good to give thanks to the LORD, and to sing praises to Your name, O Most High; to declare Your lovingkindness in the morning, and Your faithfulness every night. —Psalm 92:1–2 NKJV
You are my God, and I will praise you; you are my God, and I will exalt you. —Psalm 118:28
For we live by faith, not by sight. —2 Corinthians 5:7
Come near to God and he will come near to you. —James 4:8a
Excerpt from Jesus Always by Sarah Young. Published by Thomas Nelson.
About The Author
Sarah Young’s devotional writings are personal reflections from her daily quiet time of Bible reading, praying, and writing in prayer journals. With sales of more than 30 million books worldwide, Sarah’s books encourage readers in their journeys towards intimacy with Christ. Sarah and her husband were missionaries in Japan and Australia for many years. They currently live in the United States. Learn more at JesusCalling.com.