How Great Our Joy

We often think of joy in terms of wild exhilaration or shouting from the rooftops. But joy can also be a quiet peace that settles in the bottom of our soul and wraps a scarf of contentment around us.

For me this year Joy has been on the quieter side. Maybe it’s been that way for you too.

Grief sometimes leaves us feeling drained and weary; if we are not careful we crowd out the joy.

When we find ourselves in that situation we need to take time to sit in the stillness and allow joy to quietly well up in our soul.

I found myself Home alone the other evening relaxing in the big chair with a cozy blanket and I realized that underneath everything that I was going through the joy was there. I acknowledged it and I accepted the peace that it brought.

As I go through this season of Advent that can sometimes seem hectic I want to be able to pause for those moments of quiet joy and allow them to sustain me.

The source of our Joy, of course, is Jesus and his gift of salvation that began in the manger.

I pray that you find comfort in the joy of Advent. One way to do that is to make a Joy list. I’m sharing some of my list below. Maybe you would like to share yours in the comments.

1. Birth of my savior.

2. Friends and family.

3. Christmas lights.

4. Beautiful music.

5. Being still before God.

Maybe you’re finding it hard to see the joy this year. If that is the case then may I suggest that every day you look around you and find one thing no matter how small that can bring you Joy. Start a list and see how many things you can add between now and Christmas Day.

I wish you all the joys of the season and peace in your heart.

The joy of the Lord is your strength. Nehemiah 8:10

Grace for the journey,

Teresa

 

 

 

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Favorite Scripture(s) II – 31:13

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A reminder for your Sunday rest from Nehemiah 8:10.  Take Joy in his strength today.  He’s got you in the palm of his hand and that is all you need.

Linking up for Sacro Speco {Sacred Space} with All Manner of Inspiration

Resting in Grace,

Teresa

Joy is the Word

“The Joy of the Lord is Your Strength.” This verse came to my attention back around Christmas. I ran across a note pad I had been given a few years ago and that verse was on the front.  I took it to my mom’s to share with her.  On one particularly stressful day, the notepad was lying on the table and  I pointed it out to her as an encouragement.  That verse stuck with me and I found myself whispering it often.

I just love all the connotations of this verse.  It is found in Nehemiah chapter 8 verse 10.  Ezra has just read the law to the people; they had bowed their faces to the ground to honor God. They were weeping. They have resolved to repent and turn to God.  Sound familiar? But Ezra tells them this is not a day to mourn, but a day to enjoy – he tells them not to grieve because the joy of the Lord is their strength.

So many times in life, I find myself grieving or mourning instead of enjoying. I tend to dwell on my imperfect living and I allow the joy to be zapped out of just simply living.  I don’t believe God intended us to live in mourning.  Yes, we need to grieve our sins and repent and sometimes we have go through a time of seeking to be right before God.  But, he wants us to find joy in our relationship with him.  He delights in us and our joy in Him is a source of strength.

I had been thinking for some time that I wanted a word to focus on for 2012. That seems to be trending right now across Christian blogs and it’s not for everyone, but I rather liked the idea, so I started thinking about my word.

I kept coming back to this verse in Nehemiah and the word joy.  My pastor touched upon this topic in a sermon early in the year and it made me realize that I don’t spend enough time in joy mode.  One night while searching for the reference to this verse I came across a blog written several years ago on this topic and it resonated with me. A book I had been reading also had joy as one of their words for the year.  All words kept leading back to joy.

So for 2012 my word for the year is joy and my theme verse is Nehemiah 8:10 “…This day is sacred to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.”

That is what I want the lessons of 2012 to teach me: To realize that every day is sacred to my Lord, to not grieve and to let His joy be my strength.

What about you – what lessons are you learning in 2012?

With Joy,

Sadie Grace