Unlike happiness, joy is gladness that is completely independent of the good or bad things that happen in the course of the day. In fact, joy denotes a supernatural gladness given by God’s Spirit that actually seems to show up best during hard times. This is a product of fixing your focus on God’s purposes for the events in your life rather than on the circumstances.
Question: Am I experiencing a joy of life on a regular basis, or is my happiness dependent on things going smoothly in my day?
PRAYER: Jesus I thank you for JOY! No matter what I'm experiencing or walking through, my JOY is not based on how I feel, but rooted in your goodness. This week, I take my eyes off of my circumstances and turn my attention to you.