A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

Proverbs 17:22

Have you ever felt like you needed to laugh to keep from crying? Sometimes life is unpredictable and we find ourselves finding the joy rather than sulking in the pain. As believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, we have the indwelling presence of the Spirit who gives us the gift of joy in all circumstances. It doesn’t mean that we get joy because of our pain—we have joy in spite of our pain. We know this joy because God promises to make all things works together for our good. And even though we don’t know the specifics of God’s plan all the time—we know that He is a good God who will take care of His own. Find your joy every day in L-A-U-G-H:
L – Lighten up! (Philippians 4:6)
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”
A – Appreciate humor in everyday life.
“And I commend joy, for man has nothing better under the sun but to eat and drink and be joyful, for this will go with him in his toil through the days of his life that God has given him under the sun. (Ecclesiastes 8:15)
U – Unlock the gift of joy. (Romans 15:13)
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.”
G – Gather around joyful people. (Psalm 105:43)
So he brought his people out with joy, his chosen ones with singing.
H – Have fun! (Psalm 118:24)
“This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.


Dear Lord, I want to experience Your joy in my life every single day. In Jesus’ name, amen.

In His Service,

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