Joy = Strength

“The joy of the Lord is my strength.” For me, that is not some cute saying, it is deepest truth. Nothing strengthens me more than joy that is nestled in peace and founded upon hope that Jesus is my Savior and Lord. Be very suspicious of a Christian who does not smile and does not lean on joy from Jesus as their strength. And do not be such a person. Lean on the joy from Jesus as your strength and let it show on your face. Be that lightbulb. Own it. Love it. Live it. You can do no better. ❤

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Jesus Brings Love, Freedom and Joy/Peace

When Jesus is believed and asked inside a contrite heart, He joyfully enters and bring the fruit of the Spirit with Him, along with freedom to experience the fullness of His glory and love. He asks for our hearts and faith and gives back infinitely more in return. He knows full well how weak we are, how fragile, how temporary our bodies are. He is God and we are not. So I say again Praise be to Jesus Christ my Lord!! And thank you, Jesus, for the amazingly beautiful gifts!!!😄❤

Gig Joy & Pain

We love gigging. It is how we met, is extra pocket money for us, is a shared music passion, is our only mutual hobby and really all we do together other than eat. So gigging with our band or at church is amazing to us, we live it. God gives us joy but we get our sheer happiness and bliss from music, the talent God gave us.

However, as we are not younger and younger but quite the opposite is in fact true, it is quite a pain to load and unload the equipment twice per gig, lots of gear and we carry for everyone. It is a lot, it is heavy, and it is time consuming. We try to minimize this by having our kids be our roadies (for a little pocket money). This helps but today that didn’t work because they were not here. And as my husband’s knees are needing replacement, I have the crux of the load. It is a lot of work.

But I have never been a stranger to hard work. And to be truthful (and please add dramatic pause for I am about to make a deep, poignant statement), you receive much fuller joy when you have to work for it, even if it hurts. When it costs something, it is worth more. When you work for it, it is sweeter.😄 ❤

Christmas Music

More than any other joy-enriching exercise is music. I am listening now to A Clampton Christmas and feel joy in me grow. It makes me happy he is still good at and doing the music he loves. I love also the classics. No one on the planet could do White Christmas better than the dreamy rich Bing Crosby. So many classics of Christmas makes me so happy but moreso was our church singing Christmas hymns of old together, all worshipping our Jesus, whose birth is the reason Christmas is joyful and worth the celebration. So, listen to some good Jesus celebrating music today and tomorrow and have a joyful, very merry and blessed Christmas celebration, the best birthday party ever!!! I love you and more importantly, so does Jesus!!! XOXO😄❤🎁🎄

Garden Joy

Today I planted peas, carrots and radishes. We already have blackberry bushes growing and rosemary thriving. I also transplanted two ginger plants the birds were kind enough to plant in our yard. So God has been good to us. And very little in life brings me more sheer joy than working our garden. I was raised on a farm in Buchanan, Michigan and having a garden was my normal. I live it. It has taken me a while to Learn the stark differences to growing food in central Florida. Growing seasons are different, soil needs a lot of love constantly, bugs are incredibly resilient and prolific, so on. So these first few years are experimental but I am hopeful we will do well. I am watching a lot of youtube tutorials for our area. So may God bless our efforts and let’s see what happens. 😄❤

Happiness is Overrated

Happiness depends upon others. Happiness is overrated. What gets me going and strengthens my step is joy. Joy is my strength whereas I have not been happy for some time. Sure, I have moments of happiness but these moments are fleeting in that I keep running into people. Lol. With so much evil in the world, can anyone stay happy? I think not. Moments of happy are about all you get. But joy is a characteristic and action of God that He provides all who humbly ask and call on Jesus for salvation. It is a gift. It is underlying contentment and peace and security set in faithful and consistent bliss no matter what is going on around us. No matter your environment, joy remains.

I have seen another really foolish phenomenon… people looking to another human being to make them “happy”. Ha! A human! If you have God’s joy gift, you know full well you are secure in God who is perfect and loves you securely, faithfully and unconditionally. That is what every person is wanting. A human (spoiler alert) is not perfect, is not faithful and loves pretty much themselves and you if you fit into their ideas of a good mate. So, obviously this is a lesson in futility and downright foolish really.

In steep opposition of this idiocity, we have a truly reliable source of joy in God. We have it. God gives it to us. And what a gift! And full of God, we need no one to make us “happy”, some theoretical concept that is as elusive as a mythological nymph. However, God will send you a partner to help in His work if your heart desires and He sees it is best for you. But He knows more than you so you must trust Him. In thr meanwhile, enjoy the extraordinary superpower of joy from God in His presence. You’ll find everything is easier and much more enjoyable.😄❤

The Joy of the Lord is Submission

The Joy of the Lord is presented to those who humble themselves before God. This joy is an underlying contentment no matter what happens in life. It is in direct contrast, opposition even, with people who reject God’s love and relationship and the demons they have decided to submit to. Everyone is submitting to someone, there is always an authority. Always. Some people would rather submit to who they think is themselves to do what they want, but actually it is the devil, demons who want them dead or at the least disconnected from God. Please take heart and keep eternity in mind. Satan is a cruel master who promises what he cannot provide and thrives in lies whereas God is a loving Father who loves you in truth and grace. Submit to God and be full of the joy of the Lord.❤