Do You Want More Joy?

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But the fruit of the Spirit is . . . joy  Galatians 5:22

I want more joy.  I can come to my desk with the spirit of drudgery or the spirit of worship. With worship comes Joy.

“We have forgotten that the call to creativity is a call to worship.” 

Michael Card

Somewhere along the way I learned that work was the opposite of worship. I learned wrong.  When I engage in my work as worship, I can write with joy.  If I am writing with a sense of the wonder and expectation I revel in my work and experience joy:

The joy of creating.

The joy of connecting with God.

The joy of sharing myself with others.

 It helps to come with a sense of expectation to the desk instead of dread.  When I lose myself in the writing I do my best work.

“When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.”
Rumi

“Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are.” 
Marianne Williamson

“when we are powerless to do a thing, it is a great joy that we can come and step inside the ability of Jesus”
Corrie ten Boom

How do you experience joy?  Do you want more?

Betsy and Laurie

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!

Philippians 4:4

Can You Write WIth More Love?

11 Comments on Do You Want More Joy?

  1. sustainabilitea
    April 24, 2013 at 10:37 am (7 years ago)

    I think oftentimes the lack of joy is due to our attitudes. Joy doesn’t mean everything is fine. Often we have to look for something to bring joy back to us–a flower, a Bible verse, an email from a friend. And I don’t think joy is something we will necessarily feel every day, but we can feel contentment each day. Joy seems to me to be a peak experience and a peak implies lower ground as well. (Just some rambling thoughts on this…)

    janet

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    • Writing Sisters
      April 24, 2013 at 10:49 am (7 years ago)

      thanks Janet – I like the idea of being proactive in seeking joy

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  2. jaels
    April 24, 2013 at 2:27 pm (7 years ago)

    Oooh, I especially love the Corrie ten Boom quote! Having just come from a Valley trip, I’m happy to report my Jesus JOY is back (and I’ll be sharing “souvenirs” from my trip in May…). God bless you, Sisters–jael-caddo

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    • Writing Sisters
      April 24, 2013 at 2:32 pm (7 years ago)

      So glad you’re back – and looking forward to souvenirs !

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  3. Martha L Shaw
    April 24, 2013 at 3:51 pm (7 years ago)

    I love this! I experience joy when my focus is on Him. Do I want more? You betcha! Come Holy Spirit!! Great post!

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  4. Debbie
    April 25, 2013 at 4:06 am (7 years ago)

    I love the special way you encourage us and how it doesn’t just apply to writing. You have me praying about engaging in my work as worship. 🙂 Beautiful! God bless you!

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  5. Jeanne Elizabeth
    April 25, 2013 at 8:43 am (7 years ago)

    I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart <3. The theme for me last year, which I have carried into this year, is sing a new song unto the Lord! Yeah and AMEN!

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  6. Katharine Trauger
    April 25, 2013 at 11:01 pm (7 years ago)

    This gave me goosebumps and a whole string of mottos to clamp onto my fridge. This was amazing. Thanks so much!

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