Don't you just love the holiday music this time of year? One of my most favorite holiday songs is Joy to the World. Did you know it was originally written as a poem? English writer Isaac Watts based it on Psalm 98, 96:11-12 and Genesis 3:17-18. The song was first published in 1719 in Watts' collection "The Psalms of David". I read that more then a century later, the second half of this poem was slightly adapted and set to music to give us one of the most famous Christmas Carols of all.

As I sing Joy to the World, the Lord is come; Let earth receive her King! I'm thinking we should be singing that everyday not just at Christmas. It miraculously gives us the joy of God in our mind, heart and life along with blessing us and lifting us up which helps us in our daily journey.

Have you looked the word Joy up in the dictionary? Well I have and it is a noun that means a feeling of great pleasure and happiness, delight or great pleasure. Rick Warren defines it from a biblical way: Joy is the settled assurance that God is in control of all the details of my life, the quiet confidence that ultimately everything is going to be alright, and a determined choice to praise God in every situation. May the Joy of the Lord be your strength!

Is Joy a choice? Joy is a choice and purposefully made. Joy is an attitude of the heart and spirit, present inside of us as an untapped reservoir of potential. I have great news! It is possible to feel joy even in our difficult times. Joy doesn't need a smile in order to exist, although it does feel better with one. However, I have to say everyone I know that is full of Joy smiles a lot. I must also admit when I feel full of Joy I can't stop smiling either.

What is the purpose of Joy? Joy is gleeful and exhilarating and it fills you with a feeling of warmth. It makes you sparkle and gives you the energy you need to pursue your dreams and everything else. It's different than happiness which is calmer, more soothing and gentler. So fill yourself up with the Joy of the Lord and go sparkle and shine. Bring the sparkle and shine inside even when it is snowing outside.

Rejoice always,