Joy is not a word we use very often here in Scotland, so I asked a couple of people “what is joy to you?”, here are their answers:-
Joy is family
Joy is recovery
Joy is knowing Jesus through the pain
Joy is being happy no matter our circumstances.
The dictionary definition: something or someone who provides a source of happiness.
So for me then where is my source of joy? Where do I look for it? Who provides it? How do I find it?
Well I look to the Lord, obviously, but for me it takes more than that. It is knowing and trusting that He has my back, that I can totally rely on Him. It is surrendering my need to control situations, people, places, things. It is laying it all down and accepting that the Lord has the situation covered and because He has the situation covered I can rejoice! I can trust Him, I can leave the outcome with Him and not only that, I can leave the process with Him too!
So then no matter the situation or the outlook I can look to the Lord and not to my problems. In submission comes trust, in trust comes joy. So even though the outlook may be dreary, or it may be scary, yet still I will trust, still I will choose joy. I will rejoice, I will take joy – it is choosing to do this over fear, anxiety or anger.
In the midst of the day
I will PAUSE,
I will EXHALE,
I will ACCEPT God’s ways
I will CHOOSE joy and
I will EXPRESS my thanks and before you know it I have PEACE as well as joy! 😇