“Nehemiah said, ‘Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.'” – Nehemiah 8:10

No matter who you are, if you have Jesus, you have joy. If you have Christ within you, you have joy.

No matter how depressed, no matter how blue, no matter how sick, I think it’s in there. So much of living a joyful life is not about having joy, but about releasing joy.

You are a joyful person. Claim that! Think to yourself “I am a joyful person.” Joy is a good thing. Joy is happy, and joy is holy. The joy that you have in your life gives joy to others. Your joy gives strength and hope and life to people who are struggling. And although sometimes we’re struggling ourselves, one of the best things you can do is release your joy into a hurting world.

PRAYER: Dear Lord, thank you for the joy in my life. Help me to claim that joy and share it with others. Amen.

REFLECTION: How is Jesus bringing joy to your life today?

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