Monday, January 19, 2009

Joy

Do you consider yourself a joyful person? Are you feeling joyful today? If so, then you may not have heard that today is known as the most depressing day of the year! Oh my.

Yes, apparently there is such a thing and it's based on things such as the cold weather, increasing debt (credit card bills coming in from Christmas purchases), and new year's resolutions that have already been broken.

But could joy be a deliberate choice and not a reaction to various elements in our life? I think it can be. After all, I don't know one single person who has no problems to overcome, no issues to spoil their joy and no difficulties to rob them of their comfort or peace of mind. And yet, for many of them joy has won and fear has lost.

"It really is possible to color a dark canvas golden, even with the tiniest of brushes. You just keep on dabbing the paint, and sooner or later you transform the surface with brightness. In the same way, if you keep on making joy choices, small and large, your heart will eventually display a joyful tint that is more durable than you ever imagined."

- Thomas Kinkade, a.k.a. The Painter of Light



Despite the cold weather and the difficulties you may be facing, may joy warm your heart and be yours today and always!

{Hugs}

36 comments:

Carol said...

Great post today Melody! Thanks for the encouraging thoughts on joy.
Blessings,
Carol

SarahHub said...

My little Evie's birthday is today, so my heart is bursting with joy!

Jess said...

Hope that you have a very happy and joyous week ahead..

Great post...

Love, Jess

Farrah said...

Wow, I did not know that today was the most depressing day of the year. What is funny is that this morning I told myself and the Lord that I really want to have a cheerful heart today. How funny!

Love the Thomas Kinkade.

Valerie@travelingthrough2 said...

That's interesting about today being the most depressing day! I sure can feel it, but I do believe you can choose to feel better. They say even little things like sitting up straight allowing the oxygen easier travel to the brain helps and of course smiling.
Wonderful post!
Valerie

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Meloday, I agree! Joy is a choice, and the joy of the Lord is our strength! I'm joyful that I'm in a warm house with food on the table! :-)

XO,

Sheila :-)

Marilyn Miller said...

Yes, I do believe joy is a deliberate choice.

Thanks for visiting me on Delights of the Heart.

The Victorian Parlor said...

A beautiful post! Have a joy filled week!

Sarah Mae said...

Today has been a wonderful day! We paid off the last of our credit card debt a few days ago and today it snowed! Beautiful fluffy snow! The kiddos played and had a blast and are now drinking hot chocolate! I say GREAT JOY!

:)

Jill (Sneaky Momma) said...

Great quote. One I had never heard before. Thanks for sharing and for providing an uplifting post for us to read. :)

Elena said...

Thank you! My heart is full of joy because of all the Lord has done for me and for who He is!

Walking on Sunshine... said...

Great post! We all need to realize that our joy should come from within and above, not from what the world wants us to believe. By the way, I love your teapots!! Beautiful!

Jen said...

Great Post!! So many times I've let the joy go out of me. I've learned to overcome this through reading my Bible and spending time with my Heavenly Father. Have a wonderful day!

Kathleen from Eggs In My Pocket and Yesteryear Embroideries said...

Hi Melody, just love your name and your blog is just spirit lifting! Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving a sweet comment! I am going to add you to my favorites so that others can be inspired by visiting you!Blessings, Kathleen

Debra said...

Melody,

What an encouraging and uplifting post. I enJOYed it tremendously!

Blessings to you!

Liz said...

Not feeling very joyous today. Can't really explain why.....Maybe tomorrow will be better. Thanks for the encouraging post!

Andrea said...

Thank you for sharing that quote. I found today to be very joy-filled.

Kelly said...

I had no idea there was such a day. I do consider myself a joyful person, but it is easy to let life's problems overwhem you. It is definately a choice you have to make daily.

Amy said...

Melody, this post is exactly what I needed to hear today! God has an amazing way of speaking to us doesn't he... Thanks

Linda said...

It is amazing to me how many things come down to "choice". We have the ability to choose joy - we really do, and you've said it so well Melody. I believe when we make those kinds of choices, then the Lord supplies the grace.

Charli and me said...

I think joy comes from the heart. I can tell you are a joyful person. It's a gift God has given you. Joyful people tend to spread their joy and that's what I like about your blog :>)

nikkicrumpet said...

What a lovely and uplifting post. And I think it's true that you can choose to have joy in your life. You just have to find the good where you can...and try your best to down play the not so good. If today is the most depressing day I have all year...then it's gonna be a great year!!

Happy @ Home said...

I do believe that joy can be a choice. I try to look for the joy every day. Some days it is easier than others, but each day offers a new chance to try again.

Great post.

PEA said...

I knew that January is the month that depression sets in for so many people, I didn't realize that today was THE most depressing day! It makes sense...actually, today I received a couple of bills from my credit cards...OY! lol I don't let too much get me down, though, I'd rather embrace every day:-) xoxo

randi---i have to say said...

I do think that joy is a choice that we can ask God to help us make. He is the source!

Mae said...

A wonderful post and very uplifting.

Elizabethd said...

Thank you for an inspiring post.

Gretchen said...

Joy is a choice as much as anything else, I think. But it does help that the sun is shining today. :)

Betty said...

Thanks for coming by to see me...always a pleasure to see your name....

God bless...Betty

Mrs. D said...

Good post indeed. I teach a Bible class in a local ladies prison. One of my pupils, who always seems happy, reminded us that "the joy of the Lord is my strength". Raising Him up daily, hourly, and by the minute will carry us through any situation....
Debbie

Betsy said...

I tend to be filled with joy...i am a naturally happy, optimistic person and I need to be thankful that God has blessed me with this personality.

Miss Janice said...

Oh, thank you for this post. I have been feeling a bit yucky today and now I know WHY! But, I try to stop and remember how BLESSED I am and then I feel better!

Rhonda said...

I never knew...the most depressing day of the year. Hmmm.

Depression can be so...um...DEPRESSING! :)

Raise Them Up said...

Thank you so much for the encouragement! Let's prove the statisticians wrong and enjoy the sunshine, and His blessings! :)

Tea Time and Roses said...

Hello Melody!

Beautiful post! Just lovely, thank you so much for sharing it with us.

Smiles...

Beverly

Kathi~Lavender, Lace and Thyme said...

What a true joy your post is :), it's beautiful and a wonderful reminder to keep joy in our lives no matter what.

I have loved Thomas Kinkade for many years now, one day I want to own an original painting of his, which one I have no idea :)

Have a Fantastic Friday,
Kathi :)