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Yet whatever gains I had, these I have come to regard as loss because of Christ. More than that, I regard everything as loss because of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. Philippians 3:7–8a NRSV

 Retreat to your quiet place and prepare your heart and mind to allow Scripture to speak to you as you continue on your journey to joy today.

Start with Scripture. Today, read Philippians 3:7–11 from your favorite translation of the Bible or from the epigraph printed at the top of the chapter, page 119.

What theme speaks to you today?

Read Chapter 17 of Reclaiming Joy. Ella “heard” this verse in a secular context—the need to get her priorities in order. She admits on pages 121, 122 that faith is not the priority it should be. Has that been a struggle for you?

Ella identified the aspects of grief in a 2015 blog: psychological, physical, social, spiritual and financial; and she touches on them all in discussing her priorities:

  • Social—her relationships with both family and friends, pages 120, 121
  • Physical and psychological, pages 123, 124
  • Financial, page 124

Since everyone who grieves is impacted in every aspect, number your priorities from 1–5 here.

Read the last paragraph of page 119, continuing to 120, and ask yourself: How do I spend my discretionary time and money? What do my calendar and checkbook reveal about my priorities?

What matters most in life to you?

How do you juggle your priorities? Are you satisfied? If not, what steps can you take now to balance your life and find time for the things and people who matter most?

What is the lesson that you have learned today?

What can you do now to move toward joy? What do you need to let go of?

Who and what brings you joy? What moments of joy have you experienced in the last 24 hours? Take time to say, Thank you, God, for…

For an introduction to these 28 meditations leading to Easter, please read The Journey to Easter Joy: Daily Meditations, Letting Scripture Speak.

© Ella Wall Prichard, 2019