I wrote yesterday about leaving tracks of happiness. I believe in that, but there is something stronger than happiness—Joy! Happiness is related to circumstances but joy is the feeling of happiness and contentment even when circumstances are negative.
I believe it’s important to have a foundation of joy in your life. As I have mentioned before, I’ve chosen “A Journey of Joy” as the theme for this year. I want my life to be filled with the joy of the Lord, because that is my strength (Nehemiah 8:10).
Last Sunday I wrote ABC’s about God that bring me joy. Today I have another ABC about joy.
ABC’S ABOUT WHAT BRINGS JOY
A nswered prayers (John 16:24)
B lessings of God (Deuteronomy 16:15)
C hildren walking in the truth (2 John 4)
D welling place of God (1 Chronicles 16:27)
E verlasting life (John 6:47)
F orgiveness of sins (Psalm 130:1-4; Colossians 1:13,14)
G reat things God does (Psalm 126:3)
H elping the needy (2 Corinthians 8:2)
I ntegrity of heart (Psalm 25:20,21)
J esus, our precious Lord and Savior (1 Peter 1:7,8)
K indness to others (Ephesians 4:34)
L ove of God (Psalm 31:7)
M ansions that await us (John 14:1-4)
N ame written in heaven (Luke 10:20)
O ne sinner who repents (Luke 15:10)
P resence of the Lord (Psalm 16:11)
Q uiet waters with the Shepherd (Psalm 23:2)
R obe of righteousness (Isaiah 61:10)
S alvation, the most precious gift (Psalm 51:12; Isaiah 12:3)
T rials and tribulations (James 2:1)
U nity among brothers (Psalm 133:1)
V ictory (Psalm 20:5; 21:1)
W ise son and daughters (Proverbs 10:1; 29:3)
X ‘xalting the name of the Lord (Psalm 145:1,2)
Y ielding one hundred fold fruit (Matthew 13:23)
Z eal in serving God (Romans 12:11,12)
Says Russell W. Eggert in an article titled Abundant Joy, published in the Book Jesus and You (Onward Books, Inc.), “Joy is the flowers in a garden. Joy is the cool breeze on a warm summer day. Joy is cool mountain water. Joy is refreshing, invigoration, and energizing.”
Have that joy! Lay that foundation in your life. Experience how it strengthens you. With the joy of the Lord you can walk through the valley of the shadow of death, and fear no evil, because the Source of Joy is with you.