that kind of Joy

joy…with life’s business i tend to forgo the joyous and settle for the grumpy.

i don’t do well with stress. to say i don’t do well with it, is to say that physically i can handle 1,000,001 things on my plate but over time mental and emotionally i go crazy. so, right now i’m doing a lot of resting and praying and trying to keep “it” together.

sure i could do the blase thing and say “just be happy and that’s joy.”

but i don’t think that’s what JOY is.

mr. webster says this:


noun ˈjȯi
 Definition of JOY
1a : the emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires :delight

: the expression or exhibition of such emotion : gaiety

2: a state of happiness or felicity : bliss
3: a source or cause of delight

so def #2 is that Happy BLISS thing, but not 1 and 3. right?

maybe joy is more about well-being and delight than about happy.

i’m loving that thought! it makes me feel less bad about myself when i tend toward the grumps.

this verse keeps running through my head today:

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” ROMANS 12:1-2

that’s not happy. it’s kind of the opposite. granted Jesus died willingly, but if you’re sweating blood in a garden as preparation…that’s not happy! that’s definition 1&3 of JOY.


the best part is that we are that JOY! HE DIED FOR YOU BELOVED! He DELIGHTED to “endure the cross” FOR YOU!

now that’s Joy…and I’m so good with that.

my youngest always gives us a thumbs up when she’s super happy…so here’s mine…be delighted with His delight to rescue you today!


4 thoughts on “that kind of Joy

  1. Visiting from Em’s. yes, yes and amen. Loved visiting you for the first time. Am wrapping my arms around your delightful way of framing JOY. Love the phrase maybe joy is more about well-being. May your weekend be filled to overflowing with well-being and delight. Joy on your day.

  2. I’ve never made that connection before; that we are part of the joy that motivated Him to endure the cross. It makes perfect sense to me! So glad Jesus did that for me! This is a wonderfully inspiring post! Love & prayers, Cynthia

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