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Joy.

I've got that joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart.
Where?
Down in my heart.
Where?
Down in my heart.
I've got that joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart.
Where?
Down in my heart to stay.

If you are like me, you probably cannot even count the number of times that you sang this song. It's starts back in preschool, or maybe nursery, and continues on into children's church. Maybe your mom or grandma sang it to you.

The thing about children's songs is that they have a way of creeping into your brain and staying there for days. This is a catchy one. I'll probably be singing it well into the end of the week. 

Not only are almost all children's songs catchy, but they also normally are trying to teach a simple lesson. Sometimes about how important it is to eat your veggies or maybe even to get a toddler to whine about getting a certain new toy. This one, however, is simply about the joy of the Lord.

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May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. (Romans 15:13, ESV)

Over the past few days, I have been experiencing overwhelming happiness. There has not been a moment since Friday that I have not felt that I am exactly where I'm supposed to be. I really have no way to explain it besides it being the joy of the Lord.

Yesterday, someone told me that I always bring them joy. They said there is rarely a time they do not see me without a smile on my face, and I always encourage them. These few words brought me to tears. All I could do was thank them and thank God.

I am no longer that little girl who cries and hides all of the time. I have become a woman that brings joy and laughter wherever she goes.

This transformation is truly a marvelous thing.

I do not say all of these things to say, "Hey, look at me. Look at all that I've accomplished. Look at all that I have done." This isn't about me or what I've done. This is a work that God as done in me. 

I say these things to draw attention to the wonderful way He can work in any life, even one like mine.

For his anger is but for a moment, and his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning. (Psalm 30:5, ESV)

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. (James 1:2,3, ESV)

I recognize that there will be troubles that come. Believe me, I know. I also know that I do not have to live in a place where I am constantly in wait for the other shoe to drop. It's not about living in a place where you do not see reality. It's about accepting what may come but also knowing that God will take care of you no matter what. Truly believing that no matter what He will provide and has your best interests at heart.

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