Joy is a Decision

Joy is a decision. At least, that’s what our pastor said yesterday. I’ve heard it said of love–along the lines of act loving and the feelings will follow–but never of joy.

It’s a compelling thought. One I’ve been contemplating ever since.

The Apostle Paul prayed in his letter to the Romans (15:13) “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

The decision part is in the trusting–something the characters in my current work-in-progress are also learning.

Speaking of which…I need to get started. But I’m praying that verse for each of you today.

Have a joy-filled day!


  • Something I needed to hear today. Thank you, Sandra! I love how God works, and speaks through others. Glad you’re back! Praying this verse for you also.

  • Thanks so much for the encouragement!
    We have a friend in heaven – for more than a year already – that always said Choose Joy!. He suffered from brain cancer for 18 years before the Lord took him home.
    Since then, I too, have made a conscious effort to remember to Choose Joy in everything!

  • Glad you had a lovely time and that you are back 🙂 We should have dates on our trip to Canada soon!!!!

  • This is so uplifting, Sandra…..thanks. I am so thankful for your prayers, too. My health issues are so much better; as to dh….no, he has not bounced back yet!!
    Blessings on your Spring!!!

    • Hi Jackie, so pleased to hear your health is much improved! Will continue to pray the same for your dh. 🙂

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