Monday, September 28, 2009

At the Well - A Life of Joy

Gathering At the Well

I'm excited to get this new week started off with a great discussion over At the Well! The discussion centers around Happiness and Joy and the question is:

Why do you think it is important to experience joy, happiness, and contentment as a Christian?How can you create a home filled with laughter and joy?

Many times the Christian life is portrayed as a life of strict, staunch people grudgingly following their Lord. Perhaps that conclusion is brought about by the call to live soberly and righteously. We are called to be people who live a purposeful life - to glorify God and to love one another. God's Word encourages us to be diligent, hard working, focused, faithful and committed, but not dull, deary and void of joy.

The difference in serving with drudgery and serving with joy is when we realize Who we serve. We are called to be a peculiar people living different from the world, submissive to our Lord. Our Lord who loves us with an everlasting love. Who watches over our every step, protects us, keeps us, heals us and directs us. Our Lord is powerful - so powerful that He has conquered death and reigns victorious. How could we NOT rejoice over Him?

What a joy to serve our Lord! He wants to lavish us with His love, bless us and guide us. Do we live in a happily ever after life? Of course not. We will face trials, hurt and grief. But He is there matching our sorrow with His grace and comfort. He equips us with everything we need to live victoriously. Some of my favorite "happy verses" are:

"...I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly." John 10:10

“These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full." John 15:11

"And my soul shall be joyful in the LORD;It shall rejoice in His salvation." Psalms 35:9

"...for the joy of the LORD is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10

In our lives and homes joy can be cultivated beginning with our thoughts and actions. "A merry heart makes a cheerful countenance..." When our heart is happy, so is our face! Meditating on our blessings is a great beginning to a merry heart. Practice singing praises to the Lord is surely a way to lift our spirits. Looking for opportunities each day to laugh and find joyful moments can keep our homes filled with joy.

It is very important for a Christian to have joy and there is joy unspeakable with the Lord. May our hearts and homes overflow with that joy today!


4 comments:

  1. What a beautiful post, Joyfull!!! You chose some of my FAVORITE verses. How true it is that when we realize WHO God is and what a magnificant God we serve that we will be filled with JOY! Thanks so much for joining today at the well. I was so encouraged by your wise words.

    Many blessings today! :)

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  2. Just this very morning, when the weather man said, "look out, gloomy weather is on the way", I thought, "just because its gloomy weather doesn't mean that I have to have a gloomy spirit!

    And now I read your post on Joy! A confirmation on what I myself was thinking! Thank you and God bl;ess!

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  3. To me, this sentence sums it all up:

    The difference in serving with drudgery and serving with joy is when we realize Who we serve.

    How can we not be joyful when we do as you suggest and think about the One we are serving? He has saved us from our sins! Now that's something to be joyful about!

    Thanks for sharing your insight! It blessed me.

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  4. Yes indeed, what a JOY to serve the Lord......not only to know who I serve but I love to remember who I really am as His redeemed, adopted daughter of the King of Kings (well...you get the picture)!! Such a great post today - you are such a motivator!:)

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Thank you for sharing your commment. It is a joy and blessing to hear from you and your words are appreciated.