The utter joy it brings my children just to watch a snow plow burst down the road! Laughs and “hoorays” from 3 little ones at the window just brightened my tired, overwhelmed morning. Why can’t we all find joy so easily as adults?!
But we can… in God…
in His Word, applying His Word, and in His presence.
Dwell in His presence. Dwell on positive, grateful thoughts. Dwell on His goodness. Dwell on His promises. Dwell in thanksgiving to Him.
Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and joy are in his dwelling place.
1 Chronicles 16:27 NIV
Intentionally remain joyful. Constantly communicate with God. Tell Him your concerns but also your joys and thankfulness. Stay in a state of gratitude for all He’s done for you. He gave you life. He gave you salvation so that you could have eternal life!
Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NLT
Read His Word. Know what the Bible says, and follow His instructions. Apply His Word!
If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Fatherʼs commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.
John 15:10-11 NIV
How simple is it to know that if we dwell in His presence, intentionally remain joyful by praying and giving thanks, and read and apply His word, that we can have joy?! We can remain in complete, true joy.
In the last verse I shared, Jesus simply stated that if we keep His commands, His joy will be in us and it will be complete! Seems so simple, but we must apply it. Today, no matter what the circumstance, remind yourself to find your joy in Him!