Monday, 13 January 2014

My Word for 2014 - JOY


My word for 2014 is JOY!  Just in case you hadn't guessed by now with all the JOY buttons and posts going on around here, lol!  I thought about what WORD I wanted to focus on this year and without hesitation JOY bounced into my mind.  I believe its because having been through a really tough and long draining and fearful season I was forgetting how to be joyful.  I have forgotten how to hold onto the JOY of the Lord and I want it back!

My sense of humour nearly vanished!  THAT is a very scary thing!  Slowly but surely the old me started to resurface but I want to practice JOY!  I want to be imbued with God's JOY.  I want JOY to be part of my every day.  I want to see JOY in the moment, JOY in God's creation, JOY in others and with others.

I have started a new page (button above) where I will constantly add verses on JOY so that they are always readily available and I have no excuses to tap into the source of God's recipe for JOY, His word!

When I decided to focus on JOY the first scripture I read about JOY was:  Psalm 126 v 5:  They that sow in tears, reap in joy and singing.  Usually I read this and am subconsciously confused because why would anyone want to sow tears?  Then it finally dawned on me:  When you sow seed even when you are in a season of tears (pain, hurt, hardship) you WILL reap joyfully, joy, a season of joy!  Isn't that amazing?

One of the things I believed when we went through a really tough season, was that the devil was trying to quench our sowing whatever it was... and we determined that we would continue to do as God wanted us to do despite the circumstances.  And now?  We are reaping!  But we are reaping with joy, in joy!

What a great encouragement to sow!  To sow good!  Even when things are tough, and we are inclined to go inward when things are hard.  Sow, sow, sow!  Look outside yourself and sow a smile, a hug, a coffee... Whatever it is you feel called to sow.  YOU WILL REAP IN JOY!

God bless
Tracy




22 comments:

  1. Well I'm so glad we have the same word for the year! :) I love that you have created a page for your word. So did I! I too am using it as a place to keep scripture for my word and also to count my blessings...the blessings that bring me JOY.
    So glad we take this JOY journey together.
    Much love,
    Beth

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    1. Hi Beth, me too! I was surprised how many ladies have chosen "joy" but also very "joyful" too, lol! We need more joy in the world.
      God bless

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  2. So glad I read your post today.
    Blessings friend
    Chelle

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    1. Hi Chelle, so glad you visited :)
      God bless my friend

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  3. Wishing you every JOY each and every day! Just by saying the word brings a smile to my face!

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    1. Hi Anita, I found that too. I suppose its because we are focusing on the Lord's joy? Thanks for visiting
      God bless

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  4. We have the same One Word, I love that. I am thinking about this: You have helped me, and I sing happy songs in the shadow of your wings.

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    1. Hi Jedidja, I think it is great that so many of us have chosen joy. Not only because we need more joy in the world, but so we can encourage one another on the journey.
      God bless

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  5. Joy is a great word to choose!! There's one thing I've noticed about joy...it is contagious! When we look to God and are joyful, our enthusiasm catches on. What an encouragement it is to be filled with the joy from the Lord!

    Blessings AND joy, Joan

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    1. Hi Joan, I think what you say is so true, when God Joy, then contagious! And it is encouraging!
      God bless

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  6. Love your word choice, Tracy. Without joy, our lives are barren and drudgery, far from the joy of the Lord that we are told is our strength!

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    1. Hi Alison, so true! That is what I want in my life, the Joy of the Lord and to be able to recognize it as my strength!
      God bless

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  7. The Lord also laid the word JOY on my heart for this year. I guess He figured it was time to teach my sometimes-grumpy spirit to learn to rejoice. Oddly enough (not really!), He has allowed a terrific trial to arise - the severe injury of my father, and his hospital stay. It's been very hard to see him in these circumstances, and hard to make tough decisions. But, the Lord's Presence and guidance has been so visible, that I can't deny the JOY I have felt for Him!

    GOD BLESS, Tracy. Gonna be an adventure this year!

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    1. HI Sharon, I will be praying for your father, and for you as you navigate this season. I pray for refreshment and for peace and joy. And for strength for every day. God bless

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  8. I am reminded of a chorus taken from a verse, "The Joy of the Lord is my strength." The singers end up jumping for joy in their happiness. Thank you for sharing your JOY with us here at "Tell Me a Story."

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    1. Hi Hazel, yes, I have been remembering lots of Joy songs of late!
      God bless

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  9. Really true. My name means joy too so I have to live up my name:) Smile and the world smile with you:)

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  10. It's nice when the clouds lift and all you can feel is Joy again, you just want to scream from the rooftops! I'm so glad you're hard season is over and you are reaping in Joy!!

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  11. Glad to connect through Beth's site. I love your word. My word for 2014 is LOVE. My wordpress is being redesigned but you can check out my new site at angiekaywebb.com. God Bless

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  12. Even in darker seasons JOY will serve you well.

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  13. Joy is a perfect word! We all could use more joy in our lives! Thanks for linking up at The Weekend Brew!

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  14. That was my word for 2013 but it is still kind of my word since I don't want to loose my joy.

    Thanks so much for sharing this for Wholehearted Wednesdays.

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