The Moore American

June 24, 2014

Finding joy in our life

By Wanda Billbe
The Moore American

MOORE — In an effort to downsize big-time, we moved into an apartment. It is lovely and has crown moldings; a nice touch bringing back memories from my childhood home where crown moldings were standard building practices. 

My husband is happy not to have to do the yard work. Every time the lawn crew comes around he says, “I’m glad I don’t have to do that anymore.”

Unfortunately, our large side-by-side refrigerator with ice and water dispenser on the outside doesn’t fit. The complex provided a refrigerator. It has a top door and a bottom door with the ice maker inside the freezer. We had to put our refrigerator into storage.

One of the good things about the refrigerator we were given is that it makes tons of ice – and fast! So fast, in fact, that we often have to raise the lever to turn it off because it overflows from the bin into the freezer. Ice is ours for the taking and now that summer is here, we are thankful.

Joy.  Did you know that the word: Joy is mentioned 165 times in the King James Bible? Webster’s Dictionary defines joy as: A feeling of great happiness; a source or cause of great happiness; something or someone that gives joy to someone; and success in doing, finding, or getting something.

Some verses even instruct that we are to “Shout for Joy.”  I’m not sure when we last “shouted for joy” over something, but that in itself is an eye-opener. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we were joyful every day? Just think how great it would be to wake with a “great feeling of happiness” that continued throughout our day? 

My mind goes back to our new icemaker. I know it sounds crazy, but I want to have joy, real joy, that overflows into every area of my life. No shut of valve, no automatic turn off system, just an open pouring flow of joy that never stops.

Matthew 7:7, tells us to “Ask and it shall be given unto you.” Okay, so I am going to ask for unending joy. The kind of joy that spills over to everyone around me. I want to share this wonderful feeling.

If joy isn’t predominate in your life lately, I hope you will ask for joy, too, and then pass it on.