I was thinking this morning about joy and how it's listed as one of the fruits of the Spirit. (Gal. 5:22-23) Many of the other qualities mentioned—love, patience, gentleness, self-control and so forth—seem to be more about our actions toward others. We need more love, more patience, more gentleness when dealing with others (at least I do), and I think of those things as "serious" virtues and hallmarks of maturity in faith. But joy is also on the list ... and I love that God cares about JOY in the hearts of his children!

To see more of what God says about joy, here's a link to 100 Bible verses about it. And, if you need a little joy boost in your day, check out this video of a precious baby girl laughing her head off! May your week be blessed with many joyful moments ... and may that joy overflow to everyone you meet!

A thought from the Word...

Proverbs 17:22
A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

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