(painting above by my daughter)
I’ve had such a strange, but blessed, gift lately. I really feel like I’ve been able to experience more joy than usual, more contentment with what I have, love my family deeper and just enjoy my life more. I can’t explain it, except that it is a gift. My husband has said the same thing. We know the work will never end, but we’ve been playing more as a family, even if the work goes undone.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not hanging on to the world, but I appreciate this newfound joy so much. I’ve really been led down some very dark and lonely paths lately, and it can really burden a person’s soul. I’ll take all the joy I can get. Maybe the Lord knows I need it to keep going. As times get darker, I know God will give His people what they need to go forward.
I’ve been thinking about this for awhile, I’ve shared alot of dark and scary stuff lately…and today I wanted to share some joy. The Bible talks about joy alot, and I wanted to share some Scripture about joy for the Christian.
Praise His holy name!
Just a few verses:
John 16:20 Verily, verily I saw unto you, that ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and ye shall be sorroful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy.
John 16:22 And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from y ou.
John 17:13 And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves.
Romans 5:11 And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have no received the atonement.
Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
James 1:2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;
Jude 1:24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,