Soul Food for Friday: Quotes for Living with Joy

How are you doing with getting ready for Christmas? Filled with joy? Or running on empty? The 3rd Weekend in Advent provides a different colored candle than the other weeks, a reminder that even in a time of repentance this is a time for great joy. For Jesus comes to bring us joy now and forever.

May this week’s Soul Food for Friday provide some quotes to fill your life with joy as they have mine.

“If you have no joy, there’s a leak in your Christianity.” — Billy Sunday

“Joy is the holy fire that keeps our purpose warm and our intelligence aglow.” — Helen Keller

“To miss the joy is to miss everything.” — Robert Louis Stevenson

“Joy does two things for our marriages. It causes us to remember the good. And it causes us to live in the present.” — John and Nancy Ortberg

“Surprise is the secret of joy.” — G. K. Chesterton

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“God is not a God of sadness, death, etc., but the devil is. Christ is a God of joy, and so the Scriptures often say that we should rejoice … A Christian should and must be a cheerful person.” — Martin Luther

“If we can convince people that we are onto something that’s full of joy, they’ll stampede one another to follow us.” — William Treadwell

“The Christian should be an alleluia from head to foot!” — Augustine of Hippo

“Joy is the net by which you catch souls.” — Mother Teresa

“The Church desperately needs people of joy and zeal. Show me a church that is consistently obedient to this single command, and I will show you a church that is turning its world upside down.” — Josh Hunt

“The Christian is joyful, not because he is blind to injustice and suffering, but because he is convinced that these, in the light of the divine sovereignty, are never ultimate. The Christian can be sad, and often is perplexed, but he is never really worried, because he knows that the purpose of God is to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ.” — Elton Trueblood

“Sorrows come to stretch out spaces in the heart for joy.” — Edwin Markham

“Now I know that at the heart of the universe is joy.” — Paul Claudel, French poet, after listening to Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony

“When I think upon my God, my heart is so full of joy that the notes dance from my pen; and since God has given me a cheerful heart, it will be pardoned me that I serve Him with a cheerful spirit.” — Franz Josef Haydn

“May we today dance with holy joy like David before the ark of God.” — Charles H. Spurgeon

“O God, take all our sorrows and use them to show us the nature of your joy.” — Leslie D. Weatherhead

“We have God’s joy in our blood.” — Frederick Buechner

“Joy comes from seeing the complete fulfillment of the specific purpose for which I was created and born again, not from successfully doing something of my own choosing.” — Oswald Chambers

“We are chosen for joy. However hard the Christian way, it is both in the traveling and in the goal, the way of joy.” — William Barclay

“Joy is the echo of God’s life in us.” — Dom Joseph Marnion

“You and I were created for joy, and if we miss it we miss the reason for our existence. If our joy is honest joy, it must somehow be congruous with human tragedy. This is the test of joy’s integrity. It is compatible with pain. Only the heart that hurts has a right to joy.” — Lewis Smede

“The longer I live, the more convinced I am that Christianity is one long shout of joy!” — Archbishop Geoffrey Fisher

“The word ‘rejoice” literally means ‘return to the source of our joy.'” — Chuck Swindoll

“Joy is the feeling of grinning inside.” — Dr. Melba Colgrove

“Grief can take care of itself, but to get the full value from joy you must have somebody to share it with.” — Mark Twain

What words fuel your life with joy this day?


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