• Jill Jarrell Newsome

The Joy Of Our Life

Mike and I love country music singer, Chris Stapleton. One of Mike’s favorite songs is, “Joy of My Life” and he says this song makes him think of me. He learned to play it and sings it to me. “She takes me by the hand. I am the luckiest man alive. Did I tell you, baby You are the joy of my life.…Some may have their riches, Some may have their worldly things, As long as I have you, I'll treasure each and every day.”

I love that song and it makes me think of Mike and how our relationship has grown. Through our journeys, we treasure each day. Worldly things do not matter like family, friends or faith. We both know where our joy comes from. Nehemiah 8: 10, “...Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” We can live our life in joy, knowing God is in control despite our trials and tribulations.

David writes that God lifted and healed him. Psalm 30: 1-2, “I will exalt you, Lord, for you lifted me out of the depths and did not let my enemies gloat over. Lord my God, I called to you for help, and you healed me.” David celebrates and sings praises. Psalm 30: 4-5, “Sing the praises of the Lord, you his faithful people; praise his holy name. For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.

Psalm 103:8-13, "The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever; he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him..." Let us give thanks to God. He takes us by the hand. Some may have their riches, some may have their worldly things but as long as we have Jesus, we can treasure each and every day! God is truly the joy of our life!



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