The best way I know to get the joy of the Lord is...

Many of us are going through something right now.  

If we aren’t, then most likely someone we are close to needs our support.  That something might be a job loss, a physical or emotional illness, a challenging relationship or a break in a relationship, finances, even death.  The journey is difficult.  And my words sometimes seem empty.


One thing I know for sure…..

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…the joy of the Lord is your strength!
Nehemiah 8:10

This is true….

 The JOY of the Lord IS our strength.  


It’s not in our doing, striving, reaching, or any other effort.

It’s HIM…all Him.


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The best way I know to get the joy of the Lord is…

to take my eyes off myself and my circumstance…. to praise him, and give thanks in all things.

It’s a crazy thing.  I can’t explain it.

It works.

And it makes all the difference.


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That’s why we take time for


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Joy Day!


One day that we think back over our week and count seven.  Seven things…some which are easy to give thanks for….somethings we might wish had never happened…yes, we give thanks for those things too.

Please join me in counting seven.  It is the way to get “the joy of the Lord.”

I’ll start…
I’m grateful for:

  1. finally getting relief from a relentless throat irritation and cough
  2. a week where I had to choose joy
  3. a day of sunshine
  4. my servant husband
  5. laughter… oh how I need to laugh more
  6. a car that badly needs repair… and a mechanic who said we can wait
  7. Your promises that are all YES in Christ Jesus!

Now it’s your turn!

Scroll down to the “Share your Extraordinary Thoughts” box below and tap in your ‘seven.’ When you do, you’ll find the corners of your mouth turn up and the joy meter in your spirit rise.

Thank you for stopping by and taking time to leave your sweet thoughts.

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  1. Debbie says

    For my wonderful son
    I was able, with Jesus beside me, to get through some stores unafraid
    My new medicine seems to be working
    For my continued good health
    Thankful for so many wonderful blessings
    Good friends who check in on me
    Knowing God loves me!

    • Debbie… knowing you were able to make it through the stores without fear just made my day! I am praising God with you. WooHoo!!!!

  2. Debbi Saunders says

    Thank You Dear Lord for
    1. walking with me during a challenging week…
    2.for the wonderful Christian Ladies I work with…
    3. For the Loving support of an older couple that have driven Jordan and I to Gainesville for Doctors appointments and procedures….
    4. For the wonderful news from my angiogram that the anuerysm that ruptured in June has healed and looks perfect!
    5. For the not so good news the other smaller one has grown and needs to have a preventitive procedure so that it doesn’t rupture…. which means brain surgery in a few weeks…
    6.for the overwhelming prayer support that I am receiving from so many people!!! I am so very Blessed!
    7. and for the 95% success rate that this procedure has in preventing the anuerysm form rupturing…..
    Thank you God that you will be with me during this surgery that will heal me!!

    • Debbi… it’s so good to know that Jesus is with you all the time and that He promises to never leave or forsake you. Keep hanging on to that promise. Praying healing and peace and joy over you this week. [[hugs]]

  3. Thank you Lord for
    1. The beauty of my roses (it’s been warm so they are blooming!)
    2. Cold weather finally
    3. Having to declutter (I am so blessed!)
    4. Friends to travel with
    5. My husband
    6. My adult children and their relationships
    7. My Ladies Bible class starting back up.

    • Thanks for stopping by and taking time to share your ‘seven’ Cecila. I rejoice with you at the goodness of the Lord spilled over in your life this week. May your new week overflow with HIS joy!

  4. Gwen says

    Joy Day!
    1. Answers about Curt’s shoulder–yes, more surgery but God is a Great Physician for Curt is healing in other areas
    2. Anticipation! Going to visit Mom for a birthday tea Party
    3. There’s been rain and snow
    4. Laughter with my sister
    5. Laughter with my cousin both via the phone
    6. Much help from two ladies to get some things done
    7. Writing again
    8. An answer to prayer

    • Oh Gwen… that is good news about Curt’s shoulder. I’m sorry he has to undergo another surgery, but will trust with you that God healing will be complete for him through it. And a birthday tea party! Oh Gwen… what a wonderful day to look forward to and time with your mom will be a treasure for sure.
      I rejoice with you in the goodness of the Lord and pray blessing on your week. [hugs]

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