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Choose Joy!

This morning I texted someone and told them, "I hope you have a great day!" It hit me that I would rather say, "Make it a great day!" So I changed the text. Years ago a wise godly man I knew always said, "Make it a great day" and I loved that. We really do have the choice. Just like how I chose irritability yesterday morning. Later I was aware that I needed to choose joy.

From the moment I gave myself to God I was filled with joy. I can usually find something good in all bad. I know that no matter what the future holds, God and I can handle it together. I know that I am loved...even as sinful as I am. I know that I have the best life coach and financial adviser in the world and He does not charge me! I do not have to have an appointment, I can talk to Him any time, any place. I know that I am special and loved and I find my worth in Him, not in any person, club, job, social status, etc.

Does this mean life is easy? No! God said we will have trials and tribulations but He also said He will never leave us or forsake us. Joy is not happiness. Joy is a state of mind. It is an all knowing that God is in charge. I explained living a life in joy in my book, "The Bridge to Blessings" like this, "...living a life in joy is that I went from a black and white world to living a life in the most beautiful, vibrant colors and for the first time I am able to see all of the exciting places that God dwells." He opened my eyes!

"This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it." Psalm 118:24 "The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy." Psalm 126:3

Make it a great day!


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