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Joy is Real

We often confuse joy with happiness.  Happiness is a momentary emotion and based on circumstances.  When circumstances change so does our emotion and therefore our happiness.  However, joy is not based on circumstances, neither is it an emotion (though it can inspire emotions).  
Joy is most fully experienced when you make a choice in faith in spite of current circumstances to lean into the future-hope that Christ provides.
What areas of your life do you find it hard to choose to lean into the future-hope?  What makes those difficult choices?  Have you spent time talking with Jesus about it and asking for His help?
Remember that Jesus himself knows what it's like to struggle with what He felt verses what is set before Him.    Therefore we can lean on Him when we need help with joy.   This joy is for everyone regardless of what you have done or experienced.  Everyone can experience this joy.
Hebrews 12:2
We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.

Luke 2:8
But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people.
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