Living a Joy-Filled Life

Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)

Is it possible to have a joy-filled life on a daily basis? I have been taking time to discover what the joyful life in Jesus looks like. How can we truly experience this? Is there a way to stay joyful when life gets crazy? Can we experience joy on a daily basis even in the midst of chaos?

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Joyful Choices

Then I will go to the altar of God, to God, my joy and my delight. I will praise you with the harp O God, my God. (Psalm 43:4)


I choose to focus on God’s mercy

I choose to focus on the pain of the cross instead of my personal pain

I choose joy not because circumstances are good but because God is good

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Joy and Praise are Linked

Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and joy in his dwelling place. (1 Chronicles 16:27)

Live It Out 

You can’t have joy without praise, and it’s impossible to praise God without feeling joy. It’s in the moments we take our eyes off of ourselves and place them on the Lord that we experience joy. It’s when I say, “O God, You are good even when life doesn’t feel so good.”

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Joy vs. Happiness

The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy. (Psalm 126:3)

There is a huge difference between joy and happiness. You can experience joy without feeling happy, but you can’t experience happiness without being joyful.

Happiness is a feeling that changes with the emotions we have in a day, but joy is a constant state of being that we choose.

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I Choose Joy

Be joyful always. (1 Thessalonians 5:16)

Live It Out

Is it possible to always be joyful? I like to think so! But joy is a choice. I wake up daily with a choice to make. I can choose to be joyful because of who God is and know that no matter what my circumstances will pass in time or I can choose to dwell on the negative. I can choose to dwell on things that don’t bring joy. The choice is mine! And God will never force me to choose joy!

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