So I start out with my word of the year in 2014 – JOY!!! Finding JOY! Spreading JOY! Choosing JOY!
The dictionary defines JOY as a very glad feeling, happiness, delight. Anything that causes this. But my spirit says it is much deeper. Gripping the very core. Dwelling with the Sovereign Lord. Experiencing His peace in all circumstances, no matter what, and relishing each moment because I know it was given to me by God Himself.
JOY! The Bible shares JOY as an emotion evoked by well-being, success and good fortune; gladness or delight. Verses like Neh 8:10 “The joy of the Lord is my strength”, and James 1:2 “Consider it joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds.” These were the verses that first came to mind when praying about a scripture verse to go with my new word for 2014. Or maybe Gal 5:22, JOY, the second of nine fruits of the Spirit. Or maybe a verse from my favorite book of Romans (15:3) – “May the God of hope fill you with joy and peace as you trust Him…” I love all these verses, but perhaps the Lord is leading me to “Sing for Joy“. Yes! That makes my heart smile along with my face.
Thank you Lord for my word of the year and the verse that goes along with it too! You are so faithful!
Psalms 5:11 “But let all who take refuge in you be glad, let them sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you.”
Embracing Grace & Joy in 2014!