Welcome to the Womens Bible Cafe” as we begin a four-week study based on the book Choose Joy by Kay Warren. We have more than 480+ women participating in this online Bible study. It’s not too late to join us- click here to register.
I’m so excited about this Bible Study! Joy doesn’t come easy for many of us and with the issues that we face daily, sometimes we wonder if we’ll ever see/feel or have joy again.
The truth of the matter is that we can, and on a daily basis. Choosing joy is possible, regardless of darkness that seems to surround you.
It is my desire that as we go through this study together you’ll not only choose joy but that you’ll daily display that the JOY of the Lord is YOUR strength! Neh 8:10.
I know how painful day after day of troubles and trials are. I know just how frightful and discouraging life’s issues are. I know firsthand financial troubles, health issues with children and how the sting of unemployment affects families. I know the loneliness and fear that can consume your heart during those times of complete darkness and sorrow. I know how tightly discouragement holds on to you, rendering you powerless to even lift your head sometimes. I know the pain and grief of families being torn apart and loved ones dying, never to hear their sweet voices or see their precious smile again. I know how guilt and shame leaving you feeling like you have no right to blessings. I know how the pain of any situation is enhanced when night falls and the silence of darkness surrounds you.
I also KNOW the ONE who is right beside me as I’m struggling to choose joy and trust His will! As I’m traveling through the darkness, HE doesn’t mind living there to protect me, to strengthen me and to guide me.
Our darkest days are no surprise to HIM. Our tears of pain, aches of discouragement and feelings of failure are no surprise to Him. Our anger and questions screamed at the top of our hearts because we simply don’t understand does not cause Him to worry or wonder what will happen.
I know how choosing joy through all of that is possible!
Can you imagine how your heart will be swimming in true joy, even when you wonder just how things will work out at all?
Can you imagine the joy that others around you will experience, because joy is highly contagious?
Can you imagine living a life of joy, simply because you choose to? And we know that we can do all things through Christ. Phil 4:13.
Let’s strengthen our resolve by studying this together and choosing joy together.
Can’t wait to see you and study this with you. Dive right in and choose joy!
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Assignment For This Week
- Read chapters one through three in your book Choose Joy by Kay Warren
- If you are using the Participant’s Guide, complete Session One – if you’re not using the video DVD’s the answer key for the video sessions is on page 58-59
Close your eyes for a moment. Now imagine how you would look if you experienced JOY. Where are you located, what are you wearing, are you alone or with someone else…share your image or definition of Joy by posting a comment below.
Spreading JOY Daily,