joyful, joyful we adore thee…..

Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee…….we all know this song….but did you know it  was sung by Beaker from the Muppets?  I didn’t think so…

I believe that everyone wants to be happy.  And all through the Bible we are encouraged to be joyful.  In Nehemiah 8:10 the Word says, “The joy of the Lord is your strength!”  And that, my friends, is what has held me together like glue for most of my years.

I was never a quiet, somber person….in fact, that made me giggle just thinking about it!  Everything that happens to me can be viewed as…funny.  In fact there isn’t much that I don’t enjoy.  I enjoy waking up.  I enjoy my breakfast of boring oatmeal!  I will specifically add raisins in a happy face when there is NO ONE home but me!!  I just make myself enjoy life.

I believe that joy is a decision.  When I wake up in the morning, I tell God….”Ok, here we go again!  Make it fun for me!”  And He does.  I remember walking on the canal one day, not feeling particularly joyful and having my prayer time.  I told God that I needed something to make me laugh.  WITHOUT DELAY, a duck flew out of the canal about 3 feet from me and started quacking.  Ok….when was the last time you heard a duck quack?  It SOUNDS like someone laughing!!!  I immediately laughed and thanked God for hearing my prayers.  I decided right then and there to be happy where I was and told myself that I didn’t need those things to bring me joy…..but it sure did help at the moment!

Psalm 37: 4 “Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.”

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