Is there really a difference between joy and happiness?
i recently discovered that there is a difference.
happiness comes from circumstances. how things "turn out". emotions. feeling. our response to unplanned circumstances.
JOY, it's something we need to work for everyday. every. single. day.
a spiritual discipline.
I don't find it easy to pursue joy. Being negative is much easier for me.
"Don't be dejected and sad, for the JOY of the Lord is your strength" ( Neh.8:10)
I recently wrote this down one day while my daughter was painting, so I started painting as well.
and i love it.
a great reminder for me to choose joy.
when that "rain" comes (hence umbrella)
Because that is my strength
Celebrate that joy today.