Keys to Lasting Joy, Vol. 2: The Choice is Yours

It’s been a crazy week. So crazy, in fact, that my Monday post happens on a Tuesday. As a recovering perfectionist, I think I’m okay with the slight mishap. I must confess, however, that I have NO idea what next week will hold. In an effort to maintain at least a little bit of continuity, I will make a conscious choice to present the next of my keys to lasting joy.

What is it, you ask?

I’ve already demonstrated the concept. I am of the opinion that lasting joy is, in reality, a choice. Just as I’m choosing to sit down and type this little exposé despite an overwhelming urge to go upstairs and catch up on my sleep, joy can be decided upon no matter what the circumstance. No matter what storm brews, joy can flourish in the midst. It’s a matter of will, and, when the Lord is in control of the will, joy can happen no matter how much heartache has occurred.

Isaiah 12: 2-3 states: Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The LORD, the LORD, is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation. With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. 

God saves. With Him in control, there can be no fear. He is strength. He is the music of life. He makes life enjoyable. Therefore, I can draw from Him as my source of joy. I can rest in the joy He provides.

No matter what you face today, it is my prayer that you realize the saving joy God extends to us all. May you be joyful always!

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