Posted: April 27, 2015 in Life

joy

What is joy?

Merriam Webster dictionary states that joy is a feeling of great happiness

: A source or cause of great happiness: something or someone that gives joy to someone

: Success in doing, finding, or getting something.

While all these give us human’s great happiness, I find something missing from the definition.  Jesus!

Jesus has provided us joy through our happiness and our tribulations. He provides an escape when we fall and He provides the feeling of abundant happiness.   In the world we see joy as a baby being born, a wedding ceremony, an adoption, a reuniting of family members. And the list can go on and on. We see our smiles form on one another’s faces as if we don’t have a care what is going on around us. We get lost in the moment. We are in an awe of wonder. I remember the first time I held my son in my arms; he was so little yet so incredibly handsome. My joy for him was out of this world. It was the most happiness I had ever felt in my entire life. My son was something that I felt I did something right in the world that we live in.

In Psalms 100:1 “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.” A lot of people take a joyful noise as just referring to music. But in God’s eyes; His perspective of a joyful noise is praising Him! Think about a marriage. When the husband and wife say their vows they are making a covenant with God. They are telling God that they promise to love one another and care for one another no matter what happens. That they will always be by their side and will never stray. They say this all for the honor of God.

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On my wedding day when my husband and I made our vows to one another we promised each other as well as God that we would love each other till the end. We prayed and asked God to become a part of our marriage and that we would do our best to never leave Him. Our voice and actions is making a joyful noise unto the Lord. He is looking down on your life seeing your life full with laughter, happiness, pleasures, family, and friends is something that He cherishes because you are His child.

Speaking of pleasures giving us great joy. Psalms 16:11 says “Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.” There are also the bad pleasures in this world. God warns us about those that feel like they give us fullness of joy. He tells us in this verse that He will show us the right path. It’s up to us to listen to Him. God gives us a choice of everything that we do. He loves us that much and has enough faith in each and every one of us to choose the right path. We may in our left hand have the bible and in our left have a temptation. It is our choice to decide how to fill up our joy. With God or our own selfish needs that will lead into consequences that we don’t see coming until it is too late.

This leads me into James 1:2-4 “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptation; knowing this that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire wanting nothing.”

My good old friend James warns us about our decisions. He also tells us that the temptations that we face we should count it all joy? Did you hear that? COUNT IT ALL JOY? Is he crazy? He wants me to be joyful when the devil shows me all these awesome worldly things and I am tempted to follow it? YES!! I know sounds crazy, right? But, think of it this way… Mother is doing all she can to do the right thing in her household. She knows that proverbs 31 woman is almost impossible. But, she knows that her children and especially her daughter is watching her. We mothers have a huge role in our home. Proverbs 14:1 tells us “Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.” How many times as mother/daughter relationships develop we feel like we fail as mothers? MANY! I have a teenage step daughter, her mother is not a part of her life due to bad choices that she has made. Now, I feel a burden on my heart for her. I feel like I am her last hope for her to see what a wife and mother is supposed to be like. Do I feel distant from her? Yes! She is going through teenage years and as parents we are the last people on this earth that she wants to “hang out” with. She is still trying to find herself, she is going through puberty, hormones are everywhere, and there is also a young man in her life. As a mother you always want the best for your children. But how do you build up your home when they don’t stay around long enough to do so? Be an example! When your daughter is around show her how to run a house, how to take care of your husband, and also take care of yourself. “But she locks herself in her room and I never see her when she is home?” Trust me I know the feeling. But when she does miraculously come out of her room, take action! Show your husband love, take care of the home you have built and still building. It may be a 2 second, on her way to the bathroom, scene but it is something. Just remember what you teach your children your future grandchildren will probably be taught the same way.

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Patience is a key part. James tells us that the trying of our faith worketh patience. Mothers, our children will be there till the end. We have to let them learn and face their own trials. If we continue to pray for them to make the wise decisions they will come around. We have to let our patience have her perfect work. During that perfect work we may be perfect and entire and want nothing. Don’t let the devil try and fill your joy with worldly things. Let God fill your joy with heavenly things. Because if we continue to let the devil fill our joy scale we will continue to want more. We would never be satisfied. But if we let God fill our joy scale HE will help us to be perfect and entire wanting nothing else but HIM!

May our lips always praise God with joyful lips! As in prayer, singing, and actions because HE is always watching and so is our daughters. (Psalm 63:5 “and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips:”)

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