One of my favorite songs to sing at Sonrise is, “Joy in My Heart”. I love hearing the children sing “I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart. Down in my heart to stay!”
This is one of my favorite songs because it reminds me of the joy that each of us carries deep down in our hearts when we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior. The gift of joy is actually a promise straight from God. When we allow life's struggles to steal away the joy in our hearts we lose delight in God's goodness.
Joy gives us strength. It helps us laugh through pain. It brings us hope. Love. Peace. Perspective. Focus. That’s joy. It reminds us of who we’re living for.
It is a daily choice to live in JOY. God has already gifted us with joy, it is our decision to allow God's Spirit to be the light and draw us out of the darkness when we feel hopeless.
“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." -Romans 15:13
God will FILL us with joy and peace when we believe. We have the POWER of the Holy Spirit. Nothing can steal away our joy if we don't allow it. We will not only have a small measure of joy and peace and hope but it will ABOUND in our hearts thanks to Jesus.
My prayer is that you will choose to accept God's gift of joy and live a joy-filled life!
1st Grade Teacher
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