HOW TO CHOOSE JOY DURING STRESSFUL TIMES

There is a song that I used to sing when I was in Sunday school. It was all about joy, and it goes like this:
I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy
Down in my heart (where?)
Down in my heart (where?)
Down in my heart
I remember singing this song as loud as I could. And, just singing the song made me feel happy and full of joy. Have you ever known people who always seem happy even though they were going through the worst of circumstances? I’ve seen children who live in extreme poverty, have very little food, tattered clothing, and only trash to play with as toys, and yet they are laughing and happy. They have JOY!

Have you ever known people who always seem negative even though they seem to have everything? I know people who live In a huge house, have lots and lots of money, expensive clothing, and are dripping in diamonds, but they are miserable and unhappy.

In most people’s minds, the person with everything should be happiest, which is a natural reaction. Most of us have heard the saying, “money can’t buy you happiness,” which is probably a true saying. However, happiness is not what any of us should even strive for.

Instead of looking for “happiness,” you should be looking for “joy.” Happiness is an emotion that we experience from our surroundings. If it is raining outside, that can put you in a bad mood. You might have a bad hair day, and that takes away your happiness. If happiness is dependent on circumstances that we can’t control, then happiness happens to you. Happiness isn’t something that you can choose, and happiness can’t be sustained.

Joy, however, is a choice. Joy is an attitude, and it comes from deep inside our hearts and soul. It is a feeling of contentment or peace, and even when things get hard, the feeling of joy can still stay with you.

Job 6:10

10 Then I would still have this consolation—my joy in unrelenting pain—that I had not denied the words of the Holy One.

Job lost everything. He lost his livestock, he lost his servants, and he lost his children. Job was not happy because these were circumstances that he could not control. However, he still had joy, and he still praised the Lord.

Job 6:20-22

20 When Job heard this, he tore his clothes and shaved his head because of his great sorrow. He knelt on the ground, then worshiped God 21 and said: “We bring nothing at birth; we take nothing with us at death. The Lord alone gives and takes. Praise the name of the Lord!” 22 In spite of everything, Job did not sin or accuse God of doing wrong.

We experience joy when we choose to trust in the Lord. Feeling grief, sorrow, and being heartbroken is normal in the face of loss. Remembering to praise the Lord and knowing that His plans are greater than yours will make choosing to have joy easier. With joy, there is always HOPE!

The God Goes The Glory!

Have a Blessed Day!

 

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  1. Angie wrote:

    I loved to sing that sing as a child too! Sang it in Sunday School and Vacation Bible School. Thanks for the beautiful reminder of a lovely time in my life. I am joyful! 😊

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  2. Ingrid Skinner wrote:

    I remember singing this song in youth group, which is where I met the Lord, and “The joy of the Lord is my strength.” I’ve had seasons of happiness and seasons of unhappiness over the years, but His joy has never left me. Praise the Lord!

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  3. Lyn Harris (Australia) wrote:

    I lost my Husband 3 weeks ago. Because I know Jesus, I can say I still have Joy Joy down in my heart xx

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  4. Amy wrote:

    Excellent thoughts to begin the new week.

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  5. #choosejoy has been my tag line on my posts for some time. It is a reminder to me that I always can choose joy!! Love your posts! You have great perspective and always give me something to think about and an extra smile for the day!! Today and every day, I am choosing joy!!

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  6. Chris wrote:

    You always inspire with your thoughtful Sunday posts…..I will always try to remember to choose joy……

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  7. Donna Wood wrote:

    Another great reminder, Tania. I have great memories of singing that song in Sunday school too….as loud as possible…LOL! Our Christian radio station in the Tampa Bay area is The Joy FM. They stream on-line at TheJoyFM.com You should check them out 🙂 You would love their morning show.

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  8. Patti wrote:

    I remember singing that Joy song too!

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  9. Barb wrote:

    Love that song! I squirm when my friends say they only wish their kids to be happy. That scares me as it is self centred and to whom expense is it…..I always say I wish them joy. Just like you said.

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  10. Judy wrote:

    I too sang that song as a child in Sunday School. Hearing it again has brought me joy. Choosing joy is not always easy, especially in these times. But I try everyday.

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  11. Cathy wrote:

    Thank you for this reminder to choose joy. In the midst of the craziness of our world, I realize that my focus has been in the wrong place. I will now let go of the negatives and shift my focus to joy!

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  12. Liane wrote:

    I too recall this song. My daughter and granddaughter both attended Christian schools and when they were in 6th grade they attended “Outdoor Ed” which was a camping trip with loads of activities and I volunteered to drive for my daughter’s class in 1990. That was one of the campfire songs. My granddaughter told me that they sang it too!

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  13. Judy wrote:

    I have a Christmas ornament with the word JOY in red capital letters that I leave out all year to remind me to have joy. I also sang that song as a child.

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  14. Sandy wrote:

    We as adults should sing this song every day! It was so much fun as kids it can be fun as adults!
    “I’ve got the joy,joy, joy down in my heart! Where?”

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  15. Johnna wrote:

    What a beautifully uplifting post. I’m naturally a happy person and I try to see the good in everything. It’s not always easy but my faith is what it comes from. I deeply believe that God is in control so all I need to do is leave it to Him and do best I can through difficult times. Money definitely does not buy happiness…joy comes from within and from God’s Grace. I needed this reminder today.

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