Happiness is fleeting. And often a lie that comes from things that are temporary. But JOY, sweet JOY….it is bigger than any emotion we feel.

When my grandmother was fighting cancer you could catch glimpses of joy. Sometimes there is just a peace for those who understand where joy comes from. It’s like a gift in the midst of pain or heartache. It surpasses the way we should feel in the hardest of life circumstances. There is a promise, for everyone, and that knowledge gives a peace that is more beautiful than all of a life’s happiness combined. Joy is the appreciation for what’s already been given and an anticipation for what is yet to come.

Today I am thankful for JOY.

“These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.” John 15:11 (ESV)