Tuesday, December 1, 2015

How do you define joy?

The official definition of joy according to dictionary.com is the emotion of delight, a happiness caused by  something exceptionally good or state of happiness.  Do you agree?

Well, when I looked up photos for joy and happiness to go with this post the chalkboard showed up.  It got me to thinking every morning we wake up and we get to decide our focus for the day.  Will we focus on the good, the bad, or the ugly?  Sorry I just had to write that, but it's true.  We decide are we going to allow the bad stuff to just take us over and zap all the joy right out of us?  It truly is our choice, sometimes a difficult one to pick joy with all that might be coming at you, but still a choice we make.

I've been touched by the pictures of Joey and Rory Feek with their battle of cancer.  The last time Rory got out of bed to walk she danced with Joey and she still chooses to show joy while facing a terrible reality.  She chooses to focus on the time left by sharing joy with her loved ones.  It may be a very difficult choice, but she is making beautiful memories with every moment.  Google them and read his amazing posts.

Today, pick joy!

In your spare time today take a look at the book of Nehemiah especially chapter 8.  The people of God once again celebrated with joy after returning from exile.  Celebrate with joy from whatever exile you might be returning from as well.  It truly is a choice we must make everyday.

Join me on the journey of joy for the next year!

Where do you find your joy?

Sweet blessings,

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