The joy of the Lord is my strength – it is one of the first things that I think of when joy comes to mind – that, and all of the decoration my mom had around the house. Being a “Joy” send a lot of joy items her way.
Joy has always held a foundational place in my journey. I think that firm planting of joy is one of the main reasons that I have been able to rejoice when loved ones pass or challenges arise.
My husband did not grow up with that same foundation and so I found myself challenged to define joy to him on more than once occasion. I usually failed.
I determined to wrangle in joy so that I could hold it up and show my husband what he needed and how he could get there. What I discovered was that my own idea of joy was smaller than joy. Despite my hate for boxes, I had managed to confine joy to my own lacking box.
Joy: The encapsulating peace that grows up from a personal relationship with God to cover all the moments that my life will face.
Visiting with others and listening to others and reading from others- all about joy and the essence of joy – helped open my eyes to the more that was available if I would only see and choose.
How do you choose joy? Be sure to take a moment and share your joy thoughts below or to share your definition of joy.