By Kylie Keisling

“You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” Psalm 16:11

Jesus said, “I came so that you might have life and have it more abundantly!”. How do we live with abundance, with fullness of joy, in the midst of a pandemic? Is joy possible right now? Even amidst the stress and uncertainty of today we can live in the fullness of life Jesus promises us.

We often mistake happiness and joy as the same experience. Though similar, they have fundamental differences. Happiness is an emotion and emotions are fleeting. The emotional reaction when we experience joy is inherently deeper, more lasting, leaving us in a state of peace. Some activities make us happy and bring us joy. This joy comes from knowing our experience comes from God. When we can tap into seeing God’s provisions joy is sparked!

So how do we move from searching for happiness to finding lasting joy? Look inside. A practical step we can take is to tune in to what your emotions are trying to tell you. Think back to times you felt content, peaceful, satisfied and do more of those things. God always stirs up our emotions for a reason. For me its sitting on my front porch in the morning with a steaming cup of coffee. Taking a walk through the rose garden or sitting with God in prayer. Take some time today to tap into where God is caring for you and there you will find joy.

Also, please join Dr. Brenda Neyens and me for an upcoming zoom class titled Thrive: Living with Fullness of Joy. So often we are caught in the storm of living, being thrown around by the wind and sitting in the rain. During Thrive you can expect to understand your own unique stressors, learn practical skills to live the life you desire, and connect with people also looking to live the fullness of joy that God has created us for. This five-week zoom class will start on SEP 15th from 5-6pm CST. Please be on the look out for more details and registration.

Kylie is a soon to be provisionally licensed counselor at The Core. You can contact her at kyliek@kingofkingsomaha.org

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