“Joy Cometh In The Morning”

September 27, 2008 at 3:23 pm (Musings..., Scripture References)

This post is an answer to my darling daughter’s blog about the word “but”…  check it out.  On the blogroll on this page, Amanda Joy’s blog link is listed. 

Me and Darling Amanda -- 1984

Me and Darling Amanda -- 1984

My middle name is Joy too!!  I was named Melodye for music and Joy for the verse “Pain endureth for a night, but joy comes in the morning.” Psalm 30:5b  (I was born in the morning!)

As I have encouraged Amanda and other young people, I realize there is such a high expectation on 20-somethings that wasn’t there when I was in my 20’s.  They feel as if their life is full of… everything but joy!

I did a word search for “Joy” on www.biblegateway.com and 240 references came up.  I found a few for this post — we don’t have a choice, we are commanded to be joyful! 

“Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”  Nehemiah 8:10b

“He will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy.”  Job 8:21

“Be joyful always.”  1 Thessalonians 5:16

“I will turn their mourning into gladness; I will give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow.”  Jeremiah 31:13

“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”  Romans 12:12

“Until now you have not asked for anything in my name.  Ask and you will receive and your joy will be complete.”  John 16:24

I could go on and on!!  The difficult thing about life is maintaining our joy through troubled times and stress.  We often tell ourselves our problems are too small for us to be sorrowful, so we feel guilt on top of the sadness! 

Am I being simplistic? Perhaps.  But, there are many complicated circumstances in life and maintaining joy, while not always easy, CAN be simple.  It’s all in your attitude, darling!! 

I remember something Carmen said at a concert.  He said he asked a guy how he was doing, and the guy said, “Okay, under the circumstances.”  Carmen said, “Why don’t you get out from under those circumstances!”

I have had times of incredible sadness and have felt that I would never experience joy again, but God is faithful, his mercies are new every morning and joy does come in the morning!!

We must look to the “author and finisher of our faith” for our joy.  True joy comes from the inside of our beings and are not a result of circumstances!!

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