Cultivate a Joy-Filled Life
Every day we have the opportunity to cultivate a joy-filled life. How can we do it? By growing our relationship with Christ through prayer, studying Scripture and practicing joy-filled living through obedience and faith.
Living a joy-filled life is knowing God is in control of every situation. It’s trusting Him and knowing that everything is going to be okay. It’s praising Him with gratitude in all situations every day.
Our lives are not perfect. Struggles abound and yet we are left to wonder what it really means to be joy-filled. Where does lasting joy and happiness come from? The Bible clearly states the connection between joy and happiness, and I for one, love that happiness is found on the inside and joy comes from above. So it’s happiness + joy that equals joy-filled.
According to Brene Brown, “A joyful life is not a floodlight of joy. A joyful life is made up of joyful moments gracefully strung together by trust, gratitude, inspiration and faith.”
At some point we will experience a difficult situation or a life altering event that makes us wonder how to be joy-filled when we are mired down in our circumstances.
Filling Our Hearts with God’s Word
How we handle the tough times when they attempt to overwhelm or stress us out will be our calling card. We are to give our burdens to God and study His Word because focusing on Him helps us weed out the things that get in the way of living a joy-filled life.
Memorizing God’s truths adds an extra measure of comfort and courage so we can be steadfast as we meet life head on.
Here are 10 Scriptures for Cultivating a Joy-Filled Life. Click on the image below for the free printable.
1 Thessalonians 5:6-8
3 John 1:4
As a part of this series, my friend and fellow writer/designer, Jana Kennedy-Spicer, gave me a copy of, ‘Living a Joy-Filled Life’ study journal and Bible journaling kit to giveaway to one lucky reader. Please comment below for a chance to win this beautiful gift. We will announce the winner on Friday, August 2, 2019.
I’ll be praying for you as you study God’s Word and seek a joy-filled life.
Dear Lord, I want to rejoice in You always. Help me to be a light for others as my cup overflows with Your abundance and good news. Let me find unending joy as I spend time in Your Word and draw closer to You. Amen.
Thank you for this post. The quote above by Brene Brown is beautiful. This post reminds me that my life is a garden..and I must tend to my garden to have the good things grow and not let the weeds take over. Just like a garden, it doesn’t all come together overnight- it takes time and then we have to do something all over again. I think sometimes we are caught up in the “I want it now ” convenience attitude of today’s world- instant gratification and quick fixes- when we should be keeping our eyes on our own garden and the One who provided the garden in the first place.
Heather, thank you so much for your beautiful response. I will remember the garden wisdom you have provided and you are correct–we must keep our eyes on our own garden and tend to it well. Blessings to you.
Leigh Ellen says
This is beautiful! Thank you for reminding us that our lives will be joy-filled when we decide moment-by-moment to live joyfully no matter what comes our way.
One thing I had never thought about is that happiness is a choice and joy comes from above – I love that and will be carrying it with me for a while!!
Blessings to you,
Teresa Fenstermacher says
Mitzi, thank you for this post. I enjoy your blog very much, you have a gentle way of reminding me of things I know, and you present them in such a way that helps me to remember. I like Brene’s quote here too, such inspiration. Thank you for the opportunity to win Jana’s Study Journal.
Mary Ann Works says
Peacefully Imperfect touched my heart today. I especially enjoyed the scriptures which I will copy/post
so I can easily refer to them. Thank you Mitzie!!!
Thank you for these verses! I definitely need some joy in my life right now.
Thank you Michelle for your kind words. Praying your week is joy-filled and that you see God’s blessings through and through.
Cindy Webster says
I would love to win this! It looks wonderful!
Thank you Cindy. I’m thankful for your support and faithfulness week in and week out. Blessings to you.
Amy Aguirre says
God’s timing is on point. Thank for your inspiration and insight. Have a blessed. Best wishes to everyone entered for freebie. Thanks to your friend to offer gift.
Thank you Amy for your kind words and congratulations on winning the Bible study journal and journaling kit. Blessings to you.
Leslie Paull says
This is beautiful! Thank you for being such a daily inspiration.
Thank you Leslie for your kind words and support following this ministry. So thankful for your positive outlook and for all the ways you spread joy to others. Blessings.
Debbie Mitchell says
I would love this book. Joy is one of my favorite words in the Bible.
Thank you so much for your kind words and I love that we are JOY girls! Blessings to you.
Debbie McGrew says
Everyone needs a joy-filled life. Thanks for sharing. I enjoy peacefully imperfect. I’m imperfect but I don’t admit I’m always peaceful about it.
Thank you so much for giving us a chance to win. Looks amazing
Kathy Lawrence says
Thank you for the reminder that we must continue to be intentional about living a joy filled life. Sometimes we get bogged down in the day to day happenings and forget to be joyful in all things.