Choose Joy



Everywhere I turn today, something tries to steal my joy.

If I can’t rejoice and be glad today, I will never rejoice and be glad.

I will waste the joyous opportunities of today waiting for tomorrows that may or may not ever come. If I wait until life slows down, the sun comes back, the kids are older and less demanding, I lose some weight, my husband gets that raise, then I’ll spend my life waiting rather than living and being glad.

The joys of life are found in and amongst life itself.

Yes, life is full of frustrations, disappointments, pain, and suffering; but no matter what we are facing, having an attitude of joy will allow us to find the good that God promises us is there.

If an oyster can make a pearl out of an irritating grain of sand, just think what you could do if in every situation you chose to rejoice!

~ Lysa TerKeurst from Living Life on Purpose


Oh, satisfy us early with Your mercy, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days! — Psalm 90:14

Let the righteous be glad; Let them rejoice before God. — Psalm 68:3

I have trusted in Your mercy; my heart shall rejoice in Your salvation. — Psalm 13:5

Let all those rejoice who put their trust in You; let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them; let those also who love Your name be joyful in You. — Psalm 5:11

Excerpted with permission from Joy for the Journey: Morning and Evening, copyright Thomas Nelson.

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Your Turn

Is something trying to steal your joy? Is someone getting under your skin and you find your joy has a leak? What do you need to rejoice in even if it’s irritating at the moment? Come share your thoughts on God’s promises about joy with us on our blog. We want to hear from you about choosing JOY! ~ Devotionals Daily

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