Monday, December 30, 2013

Joys for a New Year

noun 1. a feeling of great pleasure & happiness. delight, jubilation, triumph, bliss
verb 2. rejoice.

I've been traveling through some much loved sites and visiting blogs that I've neglected due to the rush of the holiday season. There seems to be an abundant call for Joy for the new year.I thought possibly it was only me who felt somewhat eluded by the presents of it lately. I hadn't commented too much of my lack of joy because there tends to be an abundance of comments suggesting that a lack of joy is to be lacking in faith or that you might not love or appreciate what God so graciously gives us. 

Hurry, worry and noise will steal your joy.

This phrase is stated on our local AM radio station by the commentator often and there's a lot of truth in the statement but the modern life is full of hurry, worry, and noise. I sometimes feel as if the more I try to escape these three, the more I'm bombarded by them. 

 Are you making resolution?
I gave up resolution and instead I set goal.
Are you taking inventory of your resolutions or goal?
I am too.
Will you pray about your goals?
I'm afraid not to.

Will there be "joy" in 2014?
If we rejoice, I'm sure we will find bliss.

Psalm 70:4 
Let all those that seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee; and let such as love thy salvation say, Let God be magnified.



  1. Lynn,

    I wish you the very best of health and happiness in the new year! Joy means happiness in Greek, and it is also a woman's name.


    1. Yes, it sure does. I have and Aunt named Joy. Wishing you lots of Joy and Happiness!

  2. Lynn, reading this gave me some "centering", I guess you'd say. Will there be joy in 2014? Of course. Will there be trials and tribulations? Of course. My goal, that I came up with right this second after reading this post, is to find more joy, actively look for more joy, and to focus more on joy than on the trials and tribulations. :)

    My mom had one child, then 2 miscarriages and one stillbirth before I was born. I was born 2 months premature, but I made it. They were so happy, they named me "Joy". Mother said that they had planned to name me "Faith", but when I came out with red hair, they just didn't think it fit. :)

    Thank you for a beautiful post that helped me make an important goal, pledge, promise, declaration for 2014...and may I re-pledge it every year. ♥

    1. Oh, What a wonderful story of you! and your parents..This post came along a bit haphazard. I have had a few struggles of my own the better part of the last half of the year; I typed words onto the screen and then after reading what I had wrote I erased the majority of it. It was the most negative crappy post ever and then I did a little true reflection. My life has been filled with much joy and even the past year, I've been quite happy.

      I'm so glad to have you has a friend. Thank you for sharing your story..I love your sweet smile and your red hair..

    2. Love your story Joy. How special!

  3. I do predict a lot of joy for 2014. Happy New Year to you!

  4. I am just now reading this. That is how behind I am even with my days off during Christmas. This is such a wonderful post. And how timely Jon and I were just talking about such a few days ago. I quite honestly have been in such a "hurry" I have about a week's worth of Bible reading to finish 2013's goal and haven't given very much though to 2014's goal. Love ya!

    1. LOL..I thought you might have slipped away..or maybe you had taken a breaker from the social media thing for a while. I know you are consumed with it due to work ya!