When you are experiencing JOY, what is your response? Do you do a happy dance? Jump for joy? High five someone near?  Throw a party?

The Bible clearly connects joy with celebration. Here are a few verses:

When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy. Psalm 94:19 explains this word meaning of joy as  a delight or to play.

When was the last time you jumped up and down in delight and glee over something God had done for you? Do you celebrate with God when He pulls you up out of despair and rescues you from stress and anxiety?

Or picture the glee of a child on a swing, jumping off the diving board, tossing a twirling baton or making designs in the nigh sky with a sparkler. Is that how you feel about your relationship with God?

Today, express yourself with the joy of a child and truly celebrate God — in a way more exuberant that you cheer for your favorite sports team!

I would love to add to your glee and delight by having you join me for Discovering Joy in Philippians online Bible Study beginning Sept 18. It’s free! (That’s cause for delight!)

And make Discovering Joy a party– invite your friends, your church group, your gal pals from work, or be a friendly neighbor and invite those living near you to join you.

The Discovering the Bible series is the result of team effort: Jean E Jones write the Bible study, Karla Dornacher is the artist who creates beautiful coloring pages and book marks, and Pam writes the devotionals to help apply what you are learning to your real life.

 

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They say it’s your birthday. It’s my birthday, too, yeah.

I’m glad it’s your birthday. We’re gonna have a good time.

–Lennon/McCartney

Today is my birthday. Now that my feet are firmly planted in my sixth decade, I have questions that must be answered.

What happened to my nice, thick eyebrows, and why are they now growing on my upper lip?

When did I become my mother?

Will I ever remember all the words to Bohemian Rhapsody?

When will I stop acting like a spoiled child?

When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things (I Corinthians 13:11).

When I read Paul’s words to the Corinthians, I think about the ways I am still a child. Remember when your kids were little, and they’d put their hands over their ears so they wouldn’t have to hear your rebuke? Sometimes I still do that when I hear the Lord’s voice through His word, through a sermon, or from the gentle chastening from a friend.

My pastor’s sermon two weeks ago was on evangelism. The word strikes trepidation deep in the soul of every introverted Christian. I picture the guy in our city who stands on various freeway overpasses with a bright pink sign with the words “John 3:16.” No way, God. (Hands over my ears.)

A few months ago, my ninety-three-year-old mother’s health declined to the point where she was afraid to be home alone at night in case she fell. My husband, Mike, suggested we move in with her. No way, God. (Hands over my ears.)

Paul encourages us to put away childish things – thoughts, actions, and attitudes. I feel Jesus’ gentle touch, prying my hands off my ears so I can hear his voice. At sixty-two, I may have finally grown up.

Jane Daly is the author of two books, Because of Grace, A Mother’s Journey from Grief to Hope, and The Caregiving Season, Finding Grace to Honor Your Aging Parent. She makes her home in Northern California. When she’s not working at the bank or hunched over her computer, she enjoys riding her bike and scrapbooking.

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