HAPPY NEW YEAR!
During Advent we learned that mere “happiness” is less than God’s will for us. We learned from Kay Warren that, as believers, we should always “CHOOSE JOY, Because Happiness Isn’t Enough!”
Let me share with you the deep, realistic, encouraging and inspiring definition of Biblical joy shared in our Advent study: Joy is the settled assurance that God is in control of all the details of my life: the quiet confidence that ultimately everything is going to be all right; and the determined choice to praise God in all things.
We have learned valuable life lessons from God’s word which I encourage you to remember and revisit during 2018:
- Joy is my inheritance as a child of God. God gives us permission to be joyful and he gives the means!
- Joy is a conviction of my mind. Joy is found by discovering new, biblical ways of thinking.
- Joy is a condition of my heart and we can learn to cultivate a soul response that allows joy to deepen.
- Joy is a choice of my behavior and we can discover and choose ways to choose joy daily.
I pray that our journey together through 2018 will enable us to truly and fully discover the JOY that Jesus offers us so that “our joy may be complete!”
In His love,