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Dawn Camp is an Atlanta-based writer, photographer, and essential oil slinger currently juggling two life stages: mom to three teens and five adult children, mimi to five adorable grands. She enjoys weekly movie date nights with her husband of 30-something years and a steaming cup of Earl Grey. Her new...

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  1. Dawn,
    Your post is a breath of fresh air!! I think there are some people who could literally be in paradise and still find something to complain about. There’s quite a bit to complain about these days, but we can choose to focus on the one gift we have that no one – not even the enemy can steal – the joy of our salvation. I’m so thankful that I am destined for a world that is nothing like the one we are living in. As believers, we have the promise of living with our Savior in paradise. We will get to attend the concert of the Ages that will be completely awesome. Joining with you, today, in choosing joy and being intentional in spreading it. In this world we will have trouble, but take heart Jesus has overcome the world. That’s something worth smiling about 🙂
    Blessings,
    Bev xx

  2. Dawn,

    Thank you for writing a post about happy. These days everyone seems down & out. No one shouts for joy anymore. I know there is a lot of strife & stress these days, but we have a lot to be thankful for. We can rejoice in God our savior as we know in the end we win. This life here & now is not the end of our story. One day Jesus will come back for his elect few & we can fly away on wings of eagles into the heavenly realms. Don’t let the world’s problems, racial strife, or election brew ha ha steal your joy. Focus on what matters-the everlasting love of Almighty God. Praise Him & thank Him for small goodies in life-like a nice concert with your daughter.

    Blessings 🙂

    • Thank you, Beth! I needed a post about joy today as much as anyone. A big shelf broke loose in the middle of the night in our closet and I’ve got a lot of clothes dumped on the floor. My day was already busy. I’m choosing to think about the people who will be blessed by the items I’ll choose to donate instead of keep, and I expect to find at least one item that had been missing. Looking for those silver linings!

  3. Hi Dawn. I read your post before starting work this morning. As a result I chose positivity/joy over negativity as much as I could. Thank you for reminding me that I have a choice and that we have a source of forever hope and joy in God.

  4. Kudos to you, Dawn, for finding the joy in a disappointing situation. “Things turn out for the best for the people who make the best out of the way things turn out”–Art Linkletter. Your evening at the concert proves his point!

  5. We have a choice, choose joy or not. The other night hubby and I were waking and all of a sudden three young women came walking towards us chatting loudly and excitedly in a foreign language and erupting into giggles. Their joy was so spontaneous that we burst out into laughter, not even knowing what they were saying. Although my husband said they had to be talking about boys. But we ended laughing the last two blocks home. Joy. Contagious joy. It intersects our life and we need to grab it. Passing it on to the next person.

  6. This blog brings home the truth about joy or lack of joy in our lives. Often women succumbed to feeling inadequate, not enough, or good enough. Feeling of being judged by others. That may be true that we are being judged, however, if we stop to take stock of our own lives we begin to realise the incredible individual we truly are. Lack of Joy robs us of enjoying our present moments. Lack of joy keep us prison to our own feelings of inadequacy and many times it’s all for no good reason at all that we feel that way.

    The key is looking to God and His purpose for our lives on this planet earth. I believe that looking to God takes our eyes from judging ourselves by comparing us to others.

  7. When Ezra said, “The joy of the Lord is your strength” (Nehemiah 8:10) he was speaking to the remnant of Israel who has returned to Judah to rebuild the city and its temple. It was a time of restoration, not only of the ruined city, but also of obedience to the law of God.

    There was sorrow and weeping when the people heard God’s law and realized how far they had gone away from its teaching. But Ezra told them to rejoice and celebrate because of the restoration (Nehemiah 8:9-12).. That’s when Ezra said, “The joy of the Lord is your strength”.‚—Simplybible.com

    Yes, JOY should be a main ingredient of a Christian life and it comes from the Lord Jesus. Hallelujah!

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