Choose JOY

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The last time ago our ministry leader thought us about “Joy in the Lord” and it really strikes me out! That is why it was made possible because of that idea.

So how do you define happiness and joy? Is there any difference between the two? What does it mean to be truly joyful?

Everyone wants to enjoy life. The world places their source of joy in what they own, in their reputation, in their status, fame, money and other luxurious things. Yet, all of those things are unstable and can easily evaporate. It can only give you a temporary satisfaction.

Happiness is external and comes from experiences and those around us. It is temporary and depends on what is happening at that moment. Happiness is concerned with earthly things while Joy is internal and eternal. Joy comes from the Lord.

If you are looking for the right path, it’s with Jesus Christ. The One who died for you and rose again. He wants your heart because He loves you, that’s why He died for you. All you have to do is accept Him and believe.

“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. – Ephesians 2:8-9ESV

Salvation is a free gift of God! He can give you a new life like never before. Surrender your WHOLE heart 100% to Him and He can give you outstanding joy like no other, which cannot come from any other source but Him. Joy is a sense of fulfillment not a temporary feeling of bliss. All you have to do is believe in Him, it’s your choice, like God said many are called but few are chosen because few choose to believe in Him but if you do He can make you clean and bring you to the light. I want you to find Him because it’s just so amazing when God makes you a new person, make things clear for you and brings understanding, that’s the joy I have in the Lord!

Have you ever notice that sometimes you have everything in life yet you feel happy in a moment then suddenly there’s a touch of incompleteness again? Well, happiness is like a cosmetic, it is on the outside while joy is character, it is on the inside. Happiness only meets your surface needs, but joy meets your deepest needs. Therefore, happiness is like a thermometer, it just registers conditions. Joy is the thermostat that controls the conditions. Happiness evaporates in a crisis. Joy many times intensifies in a crisis. Happiness is wonder but let me tell you something, friend. Happiness is at its fullest when it is blended with joy, when you know the joy of the Lord.

Philippians 4:4 says, “Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, rejoice.” So if you live for happiness, you are a prisoner of circumstances because if the circumstances change, then you are not happy anymore.

Be a model of Joy.

Be a model of Joy.

As Christians there is one thing we should model, it is the joy of the Lord. God designed the Christian life to be an abundant life. The Bible says that the fruit of the Spirit is joy (Galatians 5:22).

Joyless living makes us vulnerable to the attacks of Satan, not to mention that it’s a miserable way to live.

I’ve listed here some simple questions that indeed brings me to understand how significant joy in the life of every people.

  1. Why is joy important?
    a. Joy helps us stay positive and encourage others and reminds us that there is something better waiting for us. Joy draws us closer to God and keeps our hearts from hardening.

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit”. –Romans 15:13

  1. Where do you find joy?
    a. Possessing joy is a choice. With all the trials and challenges happened to me, I find joy knowing that God is at my side and that He is thinking about me. I find joy when I am able to show grace to someone else because of God’s daily grace to me. I find joy knowing that Jesus finds me worthy even when many people don’t and I sometimes even don’t consider myself worthy.
  2. What kills joy?
    a. Comparing yourself to others. This comes in so many shades that we sometimes fail to see it for what it is and I’m guilty as charged here. You might be looking at someone else’s lighter workload, more vacation time, less pressure, or desirable spiritual gifts. None of it is wise. You will either feel cheated or inferior—and joyless.

God gave us each different gifts—unique gifts, valuable gifts, admirable gifts. But when we compare our ministry or opportunities with others, we are bound to lose our joy.

“But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.”—Galatians 6:4

        b. Impure thoughts. When you allow temptations to play in your mind, you will lose your joy. Christian cannot have impure thoughts day after day without experiencing the conviction of the Holy Spirit. And no one who is under the constant conviction of the Holy Spirit can be happy.

We must have a pure heart to see God for who He is and there is fullness of joy in His presence.

“Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.” Matthew 5:8

        c. Seeing outside the will of God. This is complicated because we can easily believe it is God’s will for us. Be careful. When your mind is out on a plain of “what ifs,” you will not regain your joy for where you are. If it is the difficulties of ministry or the struggles in your family or another relationship that are prompting your dreams, renew your time in God’s Word, give thanks for the blessings, and stick it out. Finish the race with joy!

“But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.” —Acts 20:24

  1. What daily strategies help you focus on joy when times are tough?
    a. Pray, pray and pray. Seriously, even when my happiness fades, I never lose my joy. I look around at what God has given me, how He lifts me up every day, how He has protected me and I can be unhappy yet joyful at the same time. My strategy when times are tough is to stay positive, connect with like-minded people who uplift me, and listen to some of my favorite worship and praise music.

There is only one source of Joy – God Himself. The world can offer you a lot to make you happy but finding joy can give you a fulfillment in life. There are many joy killers, but there is one joy-Giver. His name is Jesus.

Jesus can give you a life better than the one you have now, a life full of joy, love, peace, understanding, hope and thankfulness but He wants you to come first to receive Him whole heartedly, turn from your sin and to your own understanding and abide in His truth. Cling to His promises daily, obey His word and fear the Lord! BELIEVE.

“ And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.” – Hebrews 11:6

Today, choose JOY!

 

Your sweetest Melody, ❤

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The Reasons behind my S-M-I-L-E

 

Filipinos always have time to smile. I believe the simple act of smiling does far more than just make you look friendly – it can change your life and the lives of those around you. So even in a simple day, I always manage to response with a smile. I have a lot of motivation to smile but here are the 100 random reasons why you always see me smiling. ^____^

SMILE! It's free!

SMILE! It’s free!

  1. I am blessed
  2. God has a lot of promises for me
  3. My family
  4. Making a new friends
  5. Connecting with an old friend
  6. Yogurt
  7. Discovering a talent I never knew I had
  8. Reading a new book –The Longest Ride
  9. Chocolate
  10. Blogging
  11. Kittens
  12. Puppies
  13. Remembering what it was I forgot
  14. Blessing in isolation
  15. Inspirational quotes
  16. Cuddling
  17. Talking with my spiritual family
  18. “Aha” moments
  19. Marshmallows
  20. Holding our baby Luke
  21. Message from my old friend
  22. I feel beautiful
  23. Making someone’s day
  24. Receiving an “I miss you” message
  25. Sharing your favorite desert
  26. Flowers
  27. Being forgiven
  28. Red lipstick
  29. Music
  30. Falling in love
  31. Dancing
  32. Kwek-kwek (Filipino street foods)
  33. A cozy blanket
  34. New pens
  35. Traveling
  36. Watching your favorite movie again (and again and again)
  37. Reading inspirational articles
  38. My mother’s advices
  39. Afternoon naps
  40. Pillowy clouds
  41. New list of songs in my phone
  42. A full moon
  43. Experiencing perfect timing
  44. Knowing you did the right thing
  45. My perfume
  46. Giving hand to other people
  47. Favors from God
  48. Bubble baths
  49. Long walks
  50. Baked macaroni
  51. Great lunch prepared by Mama
  52. Kindness from a stranger
  53. Finding money in my pocket
  54. Facing my fears
  55. Baguio City (Northern part of the Philippines)
  56. Looking through your family picture
  57. New beginnings
  58. New devotional notebook
  59. Falling asleep when you’re really tired
  60. Love letters
  61. Good dreams
  62. Vintage wallpaper for my desktop
  63. Children laughing
  64. Stars
  65. Sharing my deepest secrets

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    Photo: Google Images

  66. Sister’s bonding
  67. Good hair days
  68. Art
  69. Clear blue sky
  70. Old photos
  71. The first cup of tea in the morning
  72. Happy memories
  73. Getting over a broken heart
  74. Encouraging words
  75. My ministry family
  76. A BIGGER piece of pizza
  77. Being tickled
  78. Laughing til I cry
  79. New vocabulary
  80. Spell check
  81. Surprises
  82. Day dreaming
  83. Looking up at the trees
  84. True love
  85. Second chances
  86. New officemate
  87. Rainbows
  88. Green grass
  89. Birds singing
  90. Answered prayers
  91. Unanswered prayers
  92. The sunrise
  93. That moment when a butterfly lands on your finger
  94. Finished work
  95. Friends you can count on
  96. Scarfs
  97. Adventures
  98. Lessons how to manage my finances
  99. Friday Bible Study
  100. Jesus loves me! ^_____^

So what’s yours? Share with me the reasons behind your every smile. 🙂

I hope you always find a reason to SMILE. :)

I hope you always find a reason to SMILE. 🙂

 

Your sweetest Melody, ❤