Saturday, March 7, 2015

So, What Is Joy?

Joy is...
  • the kind that comes when the sun rises each morning
  • the feeling of a fresh start
  • the unexpected hug from a child when the day is most stressful
  • cups of warm coffee and good conversation
  • a relational high from being with your spouse
  • the sights and sounds of nature
  • the beauty of nature
  • knowing you've been forgiven
  • laughter that hurts your stomach
  • the funny things children say
  • thoughts about upcoming events
  • songs that speak to your heart
  • books that  hold a special place in your heart
  • a moment of imagination
  • catching up with an old friend
  • doing a random act of kindness for someone
  • faith in Jesus Christ
  • making messes as a way to have fun
  • the smells of favorite foods
  • receiving special notes in the mail
  • the love of family
  • a well-spent life
  • breathtaking images of Creation
  • overcoming a difficult obstacle
  • learning something new
  • knowing about the sacrifice Jesus made for us
  • a good night's rest
  • being thankful for all of our circumstances
  • recognizing your gifts and talents
  • pursuing your gifts and talents so one can serve in His kingdom
  • stargazing
  • the couple who have lived a lifetime commitment to their marriage
  • being satisfied
  • not looking too far into the future
  • an encouraging message from a friend or family member
  • adorable hand-drawn pictures from a child given with so much love
1 Peter 1:8 Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy.

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