It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Monday, November 13, 2017

Chapter 11, Page 13, Book 17

Joy is the simplest form of gratitude. 

Karl Barth

November 13th

Today I’m thankful for JOY

Joy is not in things; it is in us. 

Richard Wagner

Most of us probably have discovered that being joyful isn't something you can suddenly be by simply pushing a button. But I have found that a thankful heart is a joy filled heart.

Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day. 

 Henry Nouwen

Making a choice to be happy is not always easy but I know it is worth doing. It sets the tone for everything that is to follow. Every day I try to see the good in life. It is there if we take the time to look for it.  Even if something appears to be negative, I believe that there is more to it than meets the eye. What seems to be wrong could be just a blessing in disguise!

I have to remind myself that one simple smile or kind word can turn someone’s day completely around.  Sharing joy is like the ripple effect…where it ends no one knows...

Happiness depends on what happens; Joy does not. 

Oswald Chamber

Joy has the power to reignite our passion for laughter and celebration. It can free us to rise above endless demands as we become more content and thankful. It can change unchangeable circumstances.

We have within ourselves
Enough to fill the present day with joy,
And overspread the future years with hope.

William Wordsworth


Blogoratti said...

Wonderful quotes and thank you for sharing them. Greetings!

jack69 said...

I had never thought of Joy & Happiness the way Chamber said it. I like that!

Have a joyful day!

betty said...

I too like Oswald Chamber's quote. It is a choice to be happy, even in the midst of hard times. Joy is something we should never lose.


Buttercup said...

I find that being grateful increases my joy in the world and my life. It's a gloomy Monday, but I've got my computer and my blog friends and all is well in my little corner of the world.


being joyful takes on a life of it's own. "Joy has the power to reignite our passion for laughter and celebration."

Chatty Crone said...

I always love your quotes and sayings.

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