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Joy Is More Than a Feeling

Updated: Aug 23, 2023

What’s been heavy on your mind lately? What’s robbing you of your peace and joy? Are you stressing, anxious, and overthinking? Are you worrying about the future?

“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice.” -Phil. 4:4 (ESV)

We do not rejoice because we are necessarily feeling happy. Joy is more than a feeling… it’s a choice as well as a result of staying close to Jesus in our thoughts.

Upon contemplating what began in a stable and ended on a cross as proof of God’s love for me and you, I can’t help but rejoice and be exceedingly glad. God, the greatest gift of all time, came down to us as a human who identifies with our struggles and overcame death to offer us ABUNDANT life on earth as it is in heaven.

What’s the remedy for the heaviness of this life?


Tell him what's hurting right now. Pain is inevitable, but misery (which comes from ruminating about the situation) is optional. His hands are open.

Picture yourself putting every single thought, concern, worry, fear, irritation, frustration in a box. Put the cover on it and place it in the hands of Jesus. He says, “I’ve got this. I’ll take it from here.”

Let.It.Go. Breathe. Stretch. Smile. Thank Him. Set your mind on what brings joy and peace. Do something light, cheery, or fun. Play music. Dance. Sing. Nap. Enjoy this moment. And meditate on His prescription for overwhelm:

"Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." -Matthew 11:28-30 (ESV)

This is living abundantly.

Have you received and opened this beautiful gift yet? If not, it’s got your name on it. If you have, embrace the love and pass it on to everyone you meet.

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Dr. Richelle Hoekstra-Anderson is an Abundant Life and Business Coach. Her coaching utilizes a variety of tools to help you gain clarity on how you are designed for significance. When you come to understand and appreciate your unique design, you create the mindset to help you meet current challenges and live an abundant life. Ultimately, you gain new insight and learn the skills needed to create a confident life of peace, balance, and joy.

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