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Wednesday, November 19

The Joy of the Lord ~ Word-Filled Wednesday



This is my contribution to the meme Word-Filled Wednesday. For more beautiful pictures with inspiring Scripture, please visit The 160 Acre Woods, home of WFW.


I really love this Scripture and it has proven to be true in my own life many times. People sometimes believe that happiness and joy are the same thing, but they are not. Happiness is a feeling that develops through external circumstances, but circumstances change frequently because life happens, and the happiness that we experience is fleeting. Joy on the other hand, is more of an internal thing that is deep within you and it does not ebb and flow based on the circumstances we face. And it does strengthen us and helps us to get through the times that are difficult, trying or stressful. Like what I'm going through with NaNoWriMo! :-) How’s your joy today?

8 comments:

Denise said...

I praise God for the joy He gifts me with, bless you.

Jill said...

Tracy - AMEN!

Big hugs and lots of love sweet friend!

Jill

Deanna said...

I have been waiting on test results for my son this week. His joy has definitely been my strength. Praise Him! Praise Him! Tell of His wonderful greatness.

Laurie Ann said...

Amen! I love how you explained the difference - joy is constant...Happy WFW to you!

lynnrush said...

Amen. His joy is my strength as well. Keep pluggin gaway at NaNoWriMo! God bless.

LauraLee Shaw said...

Oh my goodness, that is a breathtaking pic and verse. Beautiful, Tracy. And yes, you got a wholehearted, Texas-sized "AMEN" out of me over the difference between joy and happiness. ;)

Debbie said...

I love that verse too. He is my joy and my strength. I don't think I could get through another day without Him.

Named Alicia said...

Amen! Great post! This is definitely something I have had to learn the hard way. I could not make it every day without the joy of the Lord. There is even a great worship chorus "The Joy of the Lord is My Strength". But, it's not sung much anymore. I love it.

Happy WFW!