I can get caught up in writing the perfect blog entry or even fb post! Then I thought, I just want to share my favorite word…JOY! I mean, seriously, you can’t say it without a smile forming on your lips! One of my favorite quotes is, “Joy is the feeling of grinning on the inside.” Melba Colgrove
This has been my fav word for many years now, so of course, I’ve collected all kinds of “joy items” that sit, hang, and decorate my home. But, I don’t just want to collect things with the word “joy” on it; I want to live out my joy and to pass it on to others.
Joy is often confused with happiness, which is based on circumstances. We all know our circumstances change daily and so does our happiness! I am happier on a good hair day! But, joy goes much deeper. Joy is the fruit that is given to us by abiding with God. And yes, we can have joy in the midst of deep pain and sorrow. I know I did. My divorce had many sad and painful parts to it, but God’s joy was deep and when I tapped into that I could survive! It carried me through. It allowed me to look up and outside myself and see all the love and blessings around me. It allowed me to laugh, often through tears, but laugh nonetheless. Joy also allowed me to see other hurting people and gave me the strength to serve them.
I know this appears to be quite a list for such a small word! A favorite verse, “for the joy of the Lord is my strength.” (Nehemiah 8:10), perfectly describes how I feel. My strength comes from this joy! When I have a day that just isn’t going well, I know immediately what’s wrong. So, I crank up the music and sing at the top of my lungs, I open my Bible and read God’s promises, or I take a walk outside and thank God for every gorgeous thing in creation that He placed there! In other words, I claim my joy! We all have our own ways of doing this. I would challenge each of you to make a list now of how you find your joy. Because, when those days hit you, sometimes you can’t see past the pain! Then you can grab your list and say, this is what I’ll do!
…oh my, I have so much more to talk about concerning joy… I guess we’ll have to wait until our next “chat”! Have a JOYFUL day!