In a world where it is so easy to focus on the negative, I wanted to write about joy. Even optimistic me can get sucked into focusing on the wrongs of the world. It is no coincidence that writing about the joy of my life is on my heart right now. I hate it when my heart is so easily lured to focus on things other than Christ and yet it happens so often. But, I am discovering that when I write about and remember how God has made things right, I tap into the joy that only He gives.
“Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in heart!”
Psalms 32:11 ESV
Why am I joyful?
Jesus is our salvation. He has saved me from a lost, wandering life of sin that would eventually lead to death. Do I still sin? Yes, and I hate it but he is good to correct me and forgive me each time I repent and turn back to Him. This is reason enough to do a little happy dance!
“Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sins are put out of sight. Yes, what joy for those whose record the LORD has cleared of sin.”
Romans 4:7-8 NLT
He is our hope. When all was lost, Jesus made a way for me to be a child of God, never forgotten, never left alone, and I will be with Him for eternity. When the world throws me curve balls I will be okay because I am His! Jesus is our hope!
“This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary.”
Hebrews 6:19 NLT
He is our joy. Jesus is the reason why I sing. He is my inward joy. I have tried to find my joy in other thing, my husband, my friends, shopping, and more. I am slowly learning I was created to only find joy in Jesus. Friends, this joy is oh, so good! Sure a new purse or a great vacation is fun and makes me happy but they do not bring me lasting inward joy.
“You have put more joy in my heart than they have when their grain and wine abound.”
Psalms 4:7 ESV
He is our courage. I am really a big scaredy cat hiding behind my computer screen. My voice is shaky when I speak sometimes and I often go into an ugly cry when I pray out loud. I get crazy butterflies almost every time I publish a blog post but here’s the good news. Jesus has made me brave. He helps me speak, write, love and serve.
“It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.””
Deuteronomy 31:8 ESV
He is our strength. I am weak on my own. But when I rely on the Lord to be my strength, He makes me strong. There have been times when I have looked back on situations and known, I only made it through because the Lord was with me.
“for you have been my help, and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy.”
Psalms 63:7 ESV
He is love. Jesus loves us when we are unlovable and when we abide in Him, we can love those who we think are unlovable. Abiding in Him and loving His people is not always easy but in the moments when I am, it is joyful!
“So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.”
1 John 4:16 ESV
As I remember who the Lord is, my heart is filled with joy! Jesus is the reason why I love to sing. He’s put a song in heart!❤️
Jesus, I am grateful for all that You are to us! Help us live a life of Joy!