Josie’s Journey – The Joy of the Lord

Josie,

I am so proud of you. I always have been. There is a goodness and a purity and innocence in you that is life changing to those you are around. Ever since you were a small child, you have spread joy. Someone would come over to our house, and you’d try to give them one of your favorite dolls to take home because you wanted them to be happy. You’d wave and say hey to people you didn’t know with a big smile on your face. The overflow of your heart is joy.

But then – you decided to give your life to Jesus. As you stated to me and your mother – “I’m tired of having to listen to the voices of the world tell me what to do. I just want to listen to the voice of Jesus and follow Him.” That statement will forever resonate with me.

On the evening of September 26, you were baptized, immersed into Christ, and became a new creation. And with that, you discovered even more joy.

You find joy in all places. When things don’t go your way, instead of letting them get you down, you find a way to discover joy. And that joy – it’s contagious.

In a world where “contagious” is something we don’t want to talk about, it is completely okay to have contagious joy. Your laughter is pure. Your smile is full of joy and elation. I have never known a young lady to be so full of a desire to do the right thing.

Satan is going to do everything he can to squelch that spirit of Joy. He hates it when children of the Lord are happy.

But for you – the Joy of the Lord will be your strength.

Isaiah 35:10 says

"They will enter Zion with singing;
everlasting joy will crown their heads.
Gladness and joy will overtake them,
and sorrow and sighing will flee away."

May the Joy of the Lord always be with you. And may your joy bring others to Christ. It is one of your spiritual gifts. Now go and share that joy with others.

~Dad

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