Joy is a decision rather than an emotion. How many times have you heard this? I’ve heard it for much of my adult life. Yet, I far too often equate it to being happy. I tend to do the same thing with praise. We are instructed to praise God in all circumstances. Yet, what I often do is ask God how to praise Him when circumstances are dismal. I have a post-it note on my desk with PRAISE written on it to remind me each morning to do that–PRAISE HIM. I will say that in praising God, I sense Joy. I sense the peace that passeth all understanding.
God never stops working to complete His purposes in creating us. He wants us to know He never makes a mistake. I am learning this much more fully in life today and I continue to stand in amazement for this. To God be the glory!