You are so bouncy!
You are so joyful!
You are so vivacious!
Are you always this happy?
Well, yes, I am! (MOSTLY!) Then, I would go on to share my faith in Jesus, often sharing some of my favorite verses:
“I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.” (John 15:11)
Jesus in you is JOY in you!
I wasn’t joyful because of happy circumstance (Remember I was daughter of an alcoholic, abusive dad, and I was right in the middle of dealing with all that drama– and GOD WAS THERE WITH ME and FOR ME!)
When you fully grasp God’s grace- that is the moment JOY enters!
I was 18 then—and now I am—well, more than 4 decades older and I STILL believe the JOY, JOY, JOY, JOY down in my heart is Christ’s love springing up to strengthen me—and you!
“…the joy of the LORD is your strength.” (Neh 8:10)
So, when Jesus sent the opportunity to be a part of the writing team for Discovering Joy in Philippians: A Creative Bible Study Experience, it was an quick, “YES!” to team up this Bible teacher, Jean E Jones and artist, Karla Dornacher. I write the “Choosing Joy!” devotionals that help the reader APPLY the scriptures in the study – to find and hold on to JOY too!
If you missed it, here is the Joy Jubilee ONLINE Launch party. I share the biblical definition of JOY, and how God helped me “Choose Joy” in one of life’s most difficult circumstance, and how Bible art helps me hold tight to Joy, as well as some favorite verses about joy including:
Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say rejoice! (Phil 4:4).
And here is the free printable Radiant Joy handout that helps you keep track of those joyous moments God sends your way. (It is easier to hold on to your joy if you keep a grateful heart!)
If you live in Southern CA, I am also inviting you to join me for Joy Jubilee LIVE, on June 13 at 6:30. I will bring a message to help YOU find and hold on to JOY based on Discovering Joy in Philippians: A Creative Bible Study Experience,; and there will also be yummy dessert, fun art, and a concert with 4 of my favorite musicians: Rebecca Friedlander, Cindy James, Dr Gail Bones, and Michele Lawrence. Emcee will be bestselling author, Arlene Pellicane.
Praying this verse for you and those you love:
“In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel.”
PS: Many thanks to all of you who participated in the Street team to scatter joy the week of the Joy launch. Also, thanks to all of you who purchased a copy (or a case) of Discovering Joy in Philippians: A Creative Bible Study Experience,. Your thoughtfulness, enthusiasm and generous spirit landed Experience, as #1 on Amazon in three different categories! God was so kind to send this good news on my birthday!