Jesus JOY – Where are you? Advent 3 and Linkup
This week has been full – full of good things. But sometimes a little hectic too. Where do I find Jesus joy? Today I light the third candle in Advent – Joy.
Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full (John 16:24)
Life is. Life happens. How I go about my life is how I see it – How I see it, view and live it.
I am not talking about the bubbly joy that comes sometimes, or the excited joy when I see family, or the exuberant joy I get when I dance. It is the joy that Christ gives me that keeps me going and going. That joy can only be found in Jesus. When I focus on Him and let Him lead there is a wonderful feeling of “rightness”. It doesn’t mean I’m happy, or giggling or smiling. I’m just okay. I’m just all right.
Joy is my Rock because Jesus is my Rock. (tweet this)
My acronym for JOY is Jesus Opens You. (tweet this)
And He does. I can’t tell you how He does this. But when I am not striving, or full of my agenda, He brings life to me; He shows me things to do and I do them. He gives me the time, the inspiration and the fulfillment.
No one need be poor, because, if he chooses, he can have Jesus for his own property and possession. No one need be downcast for Jesus is the joy of heaven and it is His joy to enter into sorrow hearts. ~ Tozer
I am grabbing hold of this joy – and as Tozer says, “it is not a doctrine to be held, it is a life to be enjoyed every moment of every day.”
Today is rest today. I am going to end with a series of pictures of the past couple of weeks.
Have a Jesus-filled, joy-filled life.
Day 4 and Day 5 of #DressforDunamis – The Dunamis Foundation – fighting against #humantrafficking
Outside our home in Arizona
Wearing a dress every day in December. I need an apron to cover up. Susie Homemaker?
A wonderful Christmas Open House. Great chats.
And I am delighted that my painting from The Kingdom of Thrim won the Inscribe Art Contest and is featured on the cover of this month’s Fellowship Magazine.
I linked this post to FMF as the topics were the same this week. JOY. You can join in Kate’s challenge to write for 5 minutes on Fridays. Go here.
Today is Word of God Speak
You look adorable in that apron! Congratulations on your art making the cover!
Thank you so much for sharing the pics and that the third Sunday of advent is Joy! How cool is that! Blessings to you and yours. May you keep the joy throughout the year and always!
Good word today, Janis. I don’t know which I enjoyed most – your acronym for Joy, your bible journal pages, the Tozer quotes but I suspect it is this sentence that had me nodding my head in agreement: ” It is the joy that Christ gives me that keeps me going and going.” Sometimes I wonder myself how I keep going and going but it is totally Him!
Thank you Jerralea,
We are so in tune with one another. Jesus joy – it means everything. It’s all about Him for sure.
Blessings and Merry Christmas,
So happy that your art is receiving recognition!
And I so appreciate your thoughts on joy: “I’m just o.k.” Yes. O.K. is a great way to be.
Thank you. It was a lovely surprise. Yes being okay is a great way to be.