Monday, January 9, 2012

Happiness or Joy?

I just started on new Bible study on Philippians, Paul's joy letter.  One of the most popular verses found in Philippians is in chapter four, verse four:  "Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!"  It may seem like Paul is placing an impossible goal before us; is it actually possible to rejoice in every circumstance?  

Paul is talking about joy, not happiness.  Happiness is dependent upon our circumstances - we are happy when things are going our way and all is right in the world.  But what happens when the toys rust, loved ones die, health deteriorates, money is tight, and friends have left?  

Joy, on the other hand, is the quiet, confident assurance of God's love and work in our lives; that He will be there no matter what.  Christ still reigns and we still know Him, so we can rejoice at all times. 

Continuing my list of blessings, this week I am thankful for:
456.  The gift of laughter and weirdness
457.  Peace that comes from following God's will
458.  The amazing love and support from my awesome friends
459.  A faster running computer thanks to the help of a good friend
460.  Falling more in love with my husband everyday
461.  God's provision in the lives of good friends
462.  Unseasonable warm weather - even though I really want snow
463.  Baby cuddle time
464.  A new Bible study on the book of Philippians
465.  Worshiping in the car with my husband and daughter
466.  The prayers of my husband for anointing, boldness, and strength
467.  God's strength in my weakness
468.  Food, fun and fellowship with our church body
469.  My husband being able to fix my daughter's van - yet again. 
470.  Serving a God who doesn't compare me to anyone else, but accepts me just as I am. 

What's on your list today?

Many blessings,

Would you like to keep up with this blog? Sign up to get my posts emailed to your inbox right here. Or just like us on Facebook.

Linking with:
Messy Mondays @ Evatt's Beautiful Mess
Multitudes on Mondays @  A Holy Experience


  1. This is so good. I want real true joy. The confidence in God that says no matter what, He has it all under control. Amen sister. Love your list.

  2. Joy lasts even when happiness is drained from us. It's the joy in knowing that we are loved and that He is with us. Blessings my friend!

  3. If this was a facebook post, I would click "Like". My life has been a rough ride these last few years. But nothing has been able to rob my joy. God Bless!

    Encouraging Thoughts for Life

  4. Hi Lisa - you know, i often wonder about the two, happiness and joy and you have given such an awesome definition of joy..."Joy, on the other hand, is the quiet, confident assurance of God's love and work in our lives; that He will be there no matter what." I LOVE that, thank you
    God bless

  5. Happiness is different than joy. So many do not realize this. Joy comes from God. Comes from knowing Him and being content in Him. Happiness can be wishy washy.

    Great list!

  6. Amen! I love this post and your blog:)

  7. This is a very good post and a great point :)

  8. It's just joy... happiness is fleeting, joy from Jesus lasts through it all :) Love #460! Blessings dear friend!

  9. Lisa this is so good. I love that verse in Philippians. Actually it's my favorite book in the Bible. I'm finally learning to rejoice in the Lord no matter what. Thank you for the encouragement here and in you comments to me.
    Blessings to you friend...Chelle

  10. YOU'RE on my list today. I needed the reminder about joy this morning. Thank you.

  11. I liked your thoughts on Joy. To me Joy comes in those special sacred moments of life. I love the word rejoice.
    Your grateful gifts were sweet.
    Blessings to you for a thoughtful post.