Monday, October 31, 2011

31 Days of Joy: Be Joyful Always

Dear Friends,

Thank you for joining me for 31 Days of Joy!  I have been grateful for the opportunity to think and write about joy for a month straight.   It has been encouraging for me, and I hope that it has been for you as well.

It is good to take the time to consider joy and how to live joyfully.  In 1 Thessalonians we are actually commanded to be joyful!  “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (5:16-18, NIV).  It isn’t always easy, but because of what God has done for us it is possible to be joyful.

I pray that you will seek the Lord and seek His joy no matter what challenges come your way.  I pray that you will be “joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer” (Romans 12:12, NIV).  We have so much to be thankful for, so much to be joyful about.  And if you know Jesus, the best is yet to come!

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13, NIV).



P.S.  If you missed any of the 31 Days posts, you can find them here: 

31 Days of Joy introduction post
1. Come People of the Risen King
2. Shout for Joy to the Lord!
3. What Is Joy?
4. Why Do I Have Joy?
5. Little Joys
6. Big Joys
7. Joni Eareckson Tada
8. When Trials Come
9. Consider it Pure Joy
10. Joy in Suffering
11. Future Joy
12. Little Joys
13. Big Joys
14. Sara Frankl
15. Sweet Exchange
16. Good News of Great Joy
17. How Can You Have Joy?
18. Spreading Joy for Halloween
19. Little Joys
20. Big Joys
21. Nick Vujicic
22. In Christ Alone
23. A Cheerful Heart
24. Changing Perspective
25. Little Joys
26. Big Joys
27. He Comes to Make His Blessings Flow
28. Faithful Examples
29. I Can Only Imagine
30. Consider Him

You can find other 31 Days bloggers at the Nesting Place: 31 Dayers.


  1. I wish I had found out about 31 days sooner. Found you through the just because party. New follower of your blog.

    love your blog name :)

    shannon from faith love hope and grace:

  2. Hi! I love your header! that cup of tea looks so inviting :) enjoying looking around your blog and reading some of your 31 days of joy posts. thanks for linking up!

  3. Hi Rachel...I found you from Jenilee's party.  She is such a sweetie!  Your blog is lovely!  Thank you so much for the joy-filled post.  If we would all be thankful on a daily basis we would be more joyful!  (:>)

    Linda @ Truthful Tidbits

  4. You did a most excellent job with this series...great job, Rachel!  Joy is in the do it well.

  5. Thank you, Shannon. That means a lot coming from you.

  6. Thanks so much for hosting that Just Because blog party.  That was such a great idea!  I was sick last week, so I wasn't able to visit many blogs during the actual party.  I'm getting caught up now!

  7. Thanks so much for stopping by and for following my blog.  I wasn't feeling well last week and couldn't join in for much of the blog party, so I'm getting caught up now.  I'm off to check out your blog!

  8. Thanks so much for stopping by for a visit!


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