Counting Joy

Acts 2:28 You have made known to me the paths of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence.

Joy is mentioned 155 times in the Old Testament and 63 times in the New Testament for a total of 218 times. How many time is a day do you think of Joy? Depends on the day right? My friend and I are sharing our Joys each day, keeping track so we can look back at the end of the year and see the splattering of Joy God gave us.

Looking for Joy each day also takes our eyes off the negative around us and helps us focus on the good. We will see as time passes if we see more Joy each day. I believe we will.

God is faithful to His people. When we seek His face and walk in His ways we will experience joy, we will be content where He has put us, and we will spatter others with the joy of the Lord.

Now, “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. ” Romans 15:13

Here are a a few tidbits of Joy to get you going.

In Him, Amen

Philippians 1:3, 6 I thank my God every time I remember you. being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. 

Psalm 19:8 The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes. 

Psalm 51:10-12 Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. 

Psalm 86:4 Bring joy to your servant, Lord, for I put my trust in you. 

Psalm 92:4-5 For you make me glad by your deeds, Lord; I sing for joy at what your hands have done. How great are your works, Lord, how profound your thoughts! 

Psalm 94:19 When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy. 

Psalm 96:12 Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them; let all the trees of the forest sing for joy. 

Psalm 126:3 The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy. 

Proverbs 15:23 A person finds joy in giving an apt reply— and how good is a timely word! 

John 15:11-12 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 

Romans 12:12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

Philippians 2:1-5 Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: 

Jude 1:24-25 To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy— to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen. 

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