Tuesday, December 15, 2020
Give the Best Gifts - Give a Home Characterized by Joy
Joy is another of those words which we tend to think about more this time of year, but do we really know what joy is? Dictionary.com defines it as:
These may be the things we think of when we think about joy. It is different than being happy - which depends on circumstances. Joy is more. Joy is "exceptionally good/satisfying" and "greatly valued/appreciated", but the Bible gives us an even clearer view of joy.
These are just three of the things the Bible has to say about joy, but basically, we experience joy as we walk with God. So, if we want to give a "best gift" to the children we love, when we choose to know, love and walk with God, we will find we are also able to live in a way which shows joy - and spreads it on those around us.
Last Summer my grandsons and I (Lynda Freeman) were talking when my youngest grandson asked me, "How do you do that all of the time, grandma?" I asked what it was I was doing and he said; "You smile all the time." His brothers agreed. I told them I didn't know I smiled all the time, but I had joy because I was so thankful for them and God's other blessings, so I guessed my joy just showed on my face. I am so happy my grandsons are able to see joy in me. I want them to know they are able to experience joy from God, too and encourage them to grow in their walk with God!
Give the best gifts this year - give joy to the children you love by first of all experiencing God's joy for you and then by living in a way they are able to see it - and want it for themselves!
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