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  • Writer's pictureJoni

Day 8: Happy Joy



I grew up with the lie that

I was not allowed to be

HAPPY,

because

every time I was HAPPY,

I was picked apart until

HAPPY was so longer.

This lie followed me through life

so that

I became my worse enemy.

Every time I was HAPPY

I would have to jeopardize it

because I believed the lie.

But then I found JOY

YOU turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy"

(Psalm 30:11)

GOD gave me PERMISSION

to live beyond HAPPY.

by filling me with HIS JOY.

Oh how JOY overrides HAPPY,

because JOY is in the heart

and HAPPY is based on circumstances.

"Though you have not seen HIM, you love HIM; and though you do not even see HIM now, you believe and trust in HIM and you greatly rejoice and delight with inexpressible and glorious joy, receiving as the result [the outcome, the consummation] of your faith, the salvation of your soul" (I Peter 1:8-9)

MY JOY & YOUR JOY

is not based on circumstances,

as circumstances come and go,

forever changing.

JOY is FOREVER.

JOY has returned to my soul this morning,

as it was buried beneath

overwhelming pain, hurt and sadness

that I have been experiencing.

I have been clinging to GOD with my whole being,

"casting all my cares upon HIM",

yet waiting and waiting

to beHAPPY,

through my unchanging circumstances. But

GOD HAS TURNED ALL THINGS FOR GOOD

as HIS JOY is overwhelming me.

Indescribable JOY.

Oh no one can steal my JOY because no one can steal

GOD from me.

"I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of MY hand. MY FATHER, who has given them to ME, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my FATHER'S hand. I and the FATHER are one” (John 10:28-30)

PERMISSION TO BE HAPPY~

"Happy are the people whose GOD is the LORD!" (Psalm 144:15)

PERMISSION TO BE JOYFUL

even when things aren't going the way I want them to

because

JESUS will always be JESUS

and

GOD will always be GOD~

"Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength" (Nehemiah 8:10).

Therefore

I will hold steadfast to JOY

as I will

"Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer" (Romans 12:12).

Because

"I've got a heart overflowing 'cause I've been restored

There ain't nothing gonna steal my JOY

No, there ain't nothing gonna steal my JOY"

(from "Old Church Choir", listen below)




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