The Lord your God will bless you...and your joy will be complete. Deut. 16:15
I simply love scripture that refers to the word JOY. Happiness is nice--it only lasts just for a while. But, give me some joy that will last forever!
"Joy is the fruit of a right relation with God. It is not something people can create by their own efforts"--this is straight from the Holman Bible Dictionary from studylight.org.
JOY that comes from praying and seeing God's hand as a friend gets a job after being out of work for over 15 months. Praise Him! JOY that comes from watching my precious mama experiencing a "hike" (actually it was around 30 steps!) on a mountain top Sunday after church. Her face simply lit up from being in the mountains in the winter weather. JOY that comes from watching an overweight child struggle to attempt a tripod(the first step in standing on your head!) and succeeding after several attempts--and her classmates giving her high 5's! (I subbed in PE today and had the biggest smile on my face and heart!!). JOY that comes from studying God's WORD and GETTING IT!!
What about you? What brings your heart joy? What scriptures do you just cling to that refer to joy? I would love to know!