How to Have a Joyful Heart Today

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Did you know there is a difference between happiness and joy? Happiness is a feeling, while joy is a state of being. Happiness is an emotion, while joy is a fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22). You can choose to be joyful in any circumstance (James 1:2). So, I encourage you to choose joy today.

If you are enduring sleepless nightschoose joy.

If selfishness is beginning to creep in… choose joy.

If you feel like a failurechoose joy.

If you are struggling to forgive someone… choose joy.

If life circumstances are making you wearychoose joy.

If mommy time is just a dream… choose joy.

If you can’t do it all and need some grace… choose joy.

If your home has flawschoose joy.

If the dirty dishes are piling up… choose joy.

If you don’t understand God’s plan… choose joy.

“And I commend joy, for man has nothing better under the sun but to eat and drink and be joyful, for this will go with him in his toil through the days of his life that God has given him under the sun.” –Ecclesiastes 8:15

Will you choose joy today?


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  1. says

    Isn’t it great that God offers us joy no matter what our circumstances are! Thank so much, Jenni, for this uplifting reminder. I’m reaching for joy today!

    • says

      We are so blessed to serve a mighty God who had a plan in all things. That is definitely something to be joyful about! Thank you for your comment, Beth.

    • says

      You are so right, Rosann…. The world would be much different. There are so many people who need Jesus so they can experience true joy. Thank you for this reminder.

  2. says

    :0)… Real joy is mine, no matter if the teardrops start; I found the secret, it’s Jesus in my he-ar-ar-art! happiness is to know the Savior; living a life within His favor…
    Do you know that OLD SS song :0)! Having joy is such a gift because it is during the good, the bad, and the ugly that we can have it! Thanks for this joyous post and that gorgeous baby pic!
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  3. says

    amen! and a great reminder…always! I simply never tire of the reminder quite frankly… there are just days when the demands outweigh the energy levels and I simply have to choose joy. gratitude and the art of thankfulness really are the nucleus of day to day joy for me. hugs to you bella
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  4. says

    I love this!!! To see someone choose joy when there are clearly surrounding circumstances that would lead to another choice really is a witness to those who do not know Christ. Choosing Joy today!! Thanks for posting this!
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  5. says

    What a great reminder Jenni. Choosing joy is not easy, but it is what God wants us to do. When we choose it our lives are so much better. Thank for this challenge and thanks for linking up at my blog!

  6. says

    This is a beautiful post! It reminds us that we have a choice. How often do we think that we don’t have one, but we do. We can choose to be happy in the midst of our circumstances, in spite of them, lol! I’m choosing joy today, thanks for the reminder, my friend! And thanks for linking up to Making Your Home Sing Monday!
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