Fourth Week in Advent – Day 2 – Choose Joy

You know, happiness is so fickle. It comes and goes depending on the circumstances, but joy is lasting. It’s an intentional choice, regardless of your circumstances. Sorrow and suffering will pass but joy can remain forever. Our joy is found in the Lord…who He is, what He’s done, and the promise of what He’ll continue to do. As Nehemiah 8:10 says, “Th e joy of the Lord is my strength.” Even when the unexpected isn’t what you’d choose to happen, our joy in the Lord can be our strength, if we allow it to be. Here’s to making the choice to be joyful, even when the unexpected is painful. Choose joy … choose the Lord … choose strength!

Linda Estes, Letting Go, p. 43

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