Joy. That's my word. It's me. It's what I want to be known as - a woman of joy. A joyful wife and mother. Not joy because of what I'm doing, or how things are going, but joy in the Lord. Joy in the fact that He dances over me. Dances. He delights in me. He cares enough about me to save me from eternal separation from Him.
But sometimes I forget. Often, I forget, because I'm tangled up in the everyday life of living. The very breath God gave me is reason for joy. Yet, in and out it goes, without a second thought. It's a habit I don't think about because I know it by heart. It's automatic.
I don't know if it will ever be like that with joy - but, I do know that with God, all things are possible.
Since joy originates in the heart, it is not merely an outward act. Three habits help me cultivate a life of joy:
1. Daily Prayer. I simply must ask God to change my heart and fill it with Him. Everyday. It's really that simple. There are many ways to pray so that devotion does not fade and prayer is a shelter from the storms.
2. Scripture Memorization. Hiding his word in my heart helps me to live out His words.
3. Intentional Meditation. Thinking about joy will help me remember joy. Meditating on verses I've memorized. Meditating on the grace words I want to say before words leave my lips.
Joy begins inward before it's visible. Real joy cannot be visible only and lack fruit in the heart. For me, I cannot show fruit that is not rooted in my heart. I'm no good at pretending.
Out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks. Matthew 12:34
I still have much to learn friends. Journey with me?