Saturday, April 11, 2015

Joy (Elements of Existence) #AtoZChallenge

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Clap your hands, all you nations;
shout to God with cries of joy.
Psalm 47:1
New International Version (NIV)

      We all have so much that we could celebrate in this life and yet there are so many who go through life disgruntled and never attaining the joy that God meant for us to have.  Then again, what do many of us celebrate?   We have special days of the year and special events in our lives, but those joys are fleeting, quickly becoming hazy memories of past moments of glory that are soon trampled by what we see as the drudgery of our lives.  We should be happy, but often we can find many reasons not to be.

       Yet we do have every reason to allow joy to well up within us leading to rejoicing and praise.  God has done so much for us.  Have you come to recognize that?    God has not only given you life here on Earth, but the salvation that will provide you an eternal life in Paradise.   Is that not a reason to shout to God with cries of joy?

        The bottom line is that hope, peace, and joy are yours if you are willing to believe in what God has done and receive his grace that will provide you salvation.   It's a gift for you to willingly accept.  Once you have learned to trust in God's promises and providence then you can feel the gifts within you.   

          If a friend hands you a gift do you accept it?  God is presenting his gift to you.  It's yours for the taking.   Receive it and be blessed for eternity.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Romans 15:13
New International Version (NIV)


  1. This is the thing I dislike the most about myself- not allowing the joy.

  2. I believe that happiness is circumstantial. But joy wells up from inside irregardless of circumstance.
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