My depression era parents taught me a “glass half full” philosophy of life. This past fall, the Lord began working on this attitude in me. He brought to mind an old hymn I haven’t heard often, “Joyful, Joyful, I Adore You”. When I began singing, I became so happy and joyful I memorized the words. Just singing this song of joy and praise raises my spirits. The words, music, and some great recordings of it are available on the internet or in all the old hymnals. If you try the song, let me know how it helped you. Remember, oral praise is one way to bring joy.
The change of attitude the song brought caused me to wonder what the Bible had to say about the JOY of the Lord, so I got out my trusty Strong’s Concordance and started looking up scripture. The things I have found are changing my life.
I have already benefited so much from just reading them, I feel led to share the verses with everyone who follows my Facebook page. In 2021, I’ll be posting these verses where the Lord tells us about His joy. As you read them, think of HOW they rejoiced and in WHAT circumstances they found the JOY. If you’re interested in finding more joy in your life, the JOY posts start tomorrow, Jan 1, 2021, so don’t miss one! Two of my accounts are full, so if you aren’t already my Facebook friend, go to Kay Whatley Author Page. That one has room for more followers. Let’s make 2021 the year of the Lord’s JOY regardless of our personal circumstances and the pandemic which is stressing everyone. The Lord’s JOY isn’t dependent on any outside circumstances.
Batten down the hatches. Learning the Lord’s JOY will change all our lives regardless of any circumstances & trauma that might await us in 2021!
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