Happiness & Joy

Ahhh! It’s 8:30 and I just realized I didn’t write a post…I can’t fail the Blog-tember challenge on day 2!

Today Bailey has prompted us to “Write about what makes you happy, from the little joys to the huge game-changers” and really I’ve been thinking about it all day. I even started to write something up on my phone as I waited for a meeting to start. The truth is that a lot of things make me happy….my family, framily, & friends, the blue of the sky, the cool breeze on a hot day, the smell of fresh cut grass, coming home to my puppy after a long day, seeing my students make progress {Yay for progress in just 4 weeks of school!}, spending time with G {especially after those long 72 hour shifts}, but only one thing brings me JOY. And that’s JESUS. Because He chose to hang on the cross out of love for me as payment for my sins, I have peace and peace brings joy. I know without a doubt that I will spend eternity worshipping Jesus, shouting songs of joy. This joy doesn’t change with my circumstances because it is a fact unlike happiness that can easily turn to sadness based on the events of the day. It is this joy that is deep within my soul that has gotten me through the most difficult of times. Knowing that the great God continues to love me despite my doubts, fears, sins, and ingratitude while sending me little things like the warmth of the sun or the laughter of my nieces and nephews is overwhelming.

It hasn’t always been easy to hold tightly to the joy I have in Christ but there are a few things I have figured out that have helped me:

  • Be grateful for everything! I have kept a gratitude journal for 3 years–I write in it nightly and it really helps me focus on the good things the Lord has done.
  • Preach the gospel to yourself. We so easily forget the truth-Jesus humbly came, died on the cross for us, rose again on the 3rd day, and now sits next to our Heavenly Father waiting for us and interceding for us.
  • Serve others. J-O-Y = Jesus, Others, You. Keep your priorities in that order and your joy will be real.
  • Pray. A lot. The Bible tells us to pray without ceasing, but while we ask God for things, also thank Him for what He has already done.
  • Be in the Word. Filling our heads and hearts with truth and the beauty of the gospel are the best things we can fill up with. (Challenge #3 for the month-read Scripture daily)

So be happy about the little things like sunsets, campfires, the smell of the ocean. And have joy knowing your treasure is stored up in Heaven. Choose to have joy in the truth.

Joy

{This is the background of my phone. I made it as my daily reminder to set my eyes on Jesus.}

What makes you happy? Does Jesus bring you JOY?

 

P.S. Don’t worry I read the Bible this morning and ran this afternoon 😉

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