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Choose Joy Part 5 Joy in the Journey

Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete. John 16:24 (NIV)

We are ordinary people with everyday journeys. The difference in our lives is whether our joy is complete. John 16:24 says that our joy can be complete only when we ask and receive from Christ. In John chapter 16 Jesus is bidding farewell to his disciples. They are confused and his words seem strange. Jesus patiently explains that soon they will weep and mourn but he also tells them that their sorrow will turn into joy. Just like a mother that labors to deliver a child. She will moan, cry, and even scream but as soon as she sees that precious child, the memories of her travail are quickly forgotten. Our journey is the same. Days can be filled with sorrow, confusion, disillusionment, and pain but one cry to our Savior and it can all be turned to joy. There are many things we will face on our journey but relying on what God has for us can either change the situation or the way we look at it. As you strive to live a life of joy and to find joy in your daily journey, reflect on the following verses:

Joy Every Morning

Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. Psalm 30:5

Joy is Medicine

A merry heart doeth good like a medicine. Proverbs 17:22

Joy is Our Strength

For the joy of the Lord is your strength. Nehemiah 8:5

Joy in Doing Right

The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. Psalm 19:8 (NIV)

Joy Brings Hope

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the lord, “plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

Philippians 4:4 tells us to “rejoice always”. That includes the hard days of our journey. Our rejoicing is our heart’s cry for God’s grace. It is in our rejoicing that we gain strength for what lays ahead and it is in our rejoicing that we can see past the circumstance and focus on His promises.

Pastor Julia Scott


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