JOY ~ A simple word, refreshing as a breath of air!
If one is joyful, it means that one is faithfully living for God, and that nothing else counts; and if one gives joy to others, one is doing God's work. With joy without and joy within, all is well.
Janet Erskine Stuart
Happiness is usually the result of circumstance. Joy, however, bubbles up unbidden, often persisting in spite of circumstance. It is an excitement that simmers below the surface, an assurance that God is working behind the scenes, a contentment that deepens as you discover your place in the world. The more at home you feel with God, the more joy will make a home in your heart, a welcome reminder that God is near.
Joy is not the fruit of favorable circumstances. Rather it's the outpouring of a contented heart.
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....rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer;