pj_childrenIn Psalm 16:9, David writes about his fullness of joy, so much so, that it spills from his mouth.  How can THAT kind of joy be?  It is a joy based on God in your heart, not things in your life.  Joy is internal; happiness is external.  Joy is permanent, happiness is temporal.  I’ve often told myself, “keep my glimpse on my circumstance, my gaze on my God.” In World War II, Dr. Viktor Frankl was imprisoned by the Nazis because he was a Jew.  His wife, his children and his parents were murdered. The Gestapo made him strip. He stood there naked and as they cut away his wedding ring, Viktor said to himself, “
You can take away my wife, my children, you can strip me of my clothes and my freedom, but there is one thing no person can ever take away from me–and that is my freedom to choose how I will react to what happens to me!”  Even under the most hellish of circumstances, joy in the Lord can transform tragedy into triumph.  Joy is a gift God has given us.  It gets us through bad times, it’s fun in good times and it makes the world look in wonder at us and wonder how they can get some. I know you are living, but I hope this post today finds you smiling.

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