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Define Joy to Live in Joy

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.

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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.

Be blessed,


How do you choose joy? Be sure to take a moment and share your joy thoughts below or to share your definition of joy.

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  1. Growing Up Joy - September 4, 2015

    […] Joy comes from God, but it is my responsibility to nurture it. That seed has to be tended regularly. It has to be weeded consistently. It has to be fed daily. Joy will only grow in my life when I make the investment. I must make that investment because the Joy of the Lord is my strength and without strength I will never stand against the storms. […]

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