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

Author Unknown

Sunday, December 13, 2020

Chapter 12, Page 13, Book 20

Joy is the simplest form of gratitude.

Karl Barth

December 13th - rejoice and give thanks 

Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings turn routine jobs into joy, and change opportunities into blessings.

William Arthur Ward

Yes, even in these pandomenic times we can find joy.  Now more than ever finding joy in our day to day experience can improve our quality of life and enhance and protect our mental health.  

I was very thankful to see some of the pictures shared by my family this week.  One son and his family were making gingerbread houses and my daughter and her family went out to view the Christmas lights.  

I’m overjoyed to say that all of my family  and myself are still healthy and haven’t caught the virus.  Everyday has become a blessing and one to think about all the good that is still in the world.  Thinking about these things, brings me joy!  

This year has been one to remember, in fact, for a lot of people it has been a nightmare.  Amids such suffering, we all need some joy.

Joy is not the same as happiness.  Happiness tends to the pleasurable feeling we get from having a sense of life going well. 

Joy has a mysterious capacity to be felt alongside sorrow, sometimes most especially in the midst of suffering.  This is because joy is what we feel deep in our bones.  when we realize and feel connected to others and to what is genuinely good , beautiful and meaningful.  Joy does not depend on good circumstances.  Its’ the ability to see beyond to something more.

Gratitude involves bringing to mind the good that is in the world, which makes rejoicing possible.  It’s a joy to think their is a light now at the end of the tunnel, a vaccine is coming soon.  

There is evidence that positive moods can boost our immune system and protect us from respiratory viruses, so it’s not something to look down on or feel guilty about, it’s a smarty strategy just like washing our hands.

There is no heart breaking time of deafening silence, that joy cannot break through.  Joy can always find you.

Always be joyful.  Never stop praying.  Whatever happen, give thanks…

! Thessalonians, 5:18 


I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

It is thankful people that are joyful.

Martha said...

I love this! I have still found lots of joy even are difficult as this year has been.

Mevely317 said...

Yes, to the vaccine! Watching this morning's coverage of "Operation Warp Speed" I almost wept. Can you imagine the JOY and sense of pride the pilots of those jumbo jets must be feeling right now?

I don't know if you following Rick's (Life 101) widow's blog? In Jilda's post this morning she talked about the fog surrounding us (both literally and figuratively) ..... but then, how it lifts and gives way. (

betty said...

So true that joy is a different emotion than happiness. We can find joy in so much these days if we just stop and think about it. And always good to be grateful for all the blessings we have!