Finding joy can often feel like looking for a needle in a haystack! So how do we find it? Psalm 128:7 gives us the key
“The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and He helps me. My heart LEAPS for joy, and with my song I praise Him. Psalm 128:7
I love the visual of “leaping for joy!” It’s a moment of bliss, suspended in air. . . it’s the expression of something too great for the inside and must be expressed outwardly. Learning to leap correctly and safely however is not easy. It takes strength, courage, stamina, and lots of practice. And there’s always the risk of landing the wrong way and hurting myself, especially if I haven’t practiced in a while.
In the same way learning to trust God takes strength, courage, stamina, and even practice to truly experience those moments of joyful bliss, suspended as if in air, held in the palms of God’s hands, and flying high above our valleys, hardship, and pain. Through each trial we grow stronger and stronger and each new leap gets easier. Not only that, but with practice our leaps become more and more beautiful as we learn to stretch our arms and legs to their full potential and reach Heavenward with all our heart!
Dear friends, I’m certain that it is God’s greatest and most heartfelt wish that you experience joy in this life. But like anything worthwhile, learning to choose joy will take some practice. So take the hand of God, start with a little leap of faith, practice choosing joy daily, smile, be thankful, count your blessings, and practice practice practice . . . even when you don’t feel like it. Before you know it you’ll be leaping higher and higher full of grace and beauty, and your countenance will radiate joy from the inside out!
Most importantly, stay close to Jesus, for in Him is fullness of Joy . . .
“You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” Psalm 16:11
The above photo was taken while dancing in the streets of Europe on a missions trip sharing God’s love.
Hope be with you!
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