Joy is different from happiness. It's easy to be happy when life is good and things are going my way.
But joy isn't dependent upon life circumstances.
Bonnie of Faith Barista asked us to share about the word "JOY" for this week's Faith Barista Jam.
As a little girl, I remember singing a song that went like this:
I have the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart, down in my heart, down in my heart.
I have the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart.
Down in my heart to stay.
That joy is there to stay because I have Jesus in my heart. His Spirit lives within me. Now that's something to be joyful about, don't you think?
During this season of my life, there is much uncertainty. I don't even know where I'll be living in the next six months.
It would be so easy to fret about this. I have to admit there are moments when I'm tempted to become anxious but then I remember that God is trustworthy. As I look back over the past few years, I've found Him to be so faithful and He is always with me.
As a kid, I loved to read. I would check out Nancy Drew mysteries from the Lindenhurst public library and go home each Saturday to begin my reading. I had the tendency to take a peak at the last page to see how it ended. I know that's not what you're supposed to do but that's what I often did.
Well, I already know the end of my story.
The NOW may not be fully revealed to me and so I must trust God along the way. But my name is written in the Lamb's Book of Life and I am so grateful. I don't say this as a boast. I am humbled by this. So, no matter what happens along the way I can rest easy knowing that God loves me and has a plan and purpose for my life.
That's a reason to have JOY!
That's something I cannot manufacture myself. No amount of affirmations I recite can generate this one. No positive thinking can instill this one.
Joy is a fruit of the Spirit!
That is a gift of God as I dwell in His presence allowing Him full access to me. Who wouldn't want to have that kind of joy?
Blessings and love,