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Ten years ago my world as I knew it, fell apart.

I was the wife of my highschool sweetheart, the mother of two beautiful kids, a homeowner, a successful Insurance agent, and Sunday School teacher. I had survived breast cancer and I should be happy. Why did I not have joy in my heart? How could I go from being all these, yet so empty inside?

My marriage of 23 years ended. I found myself alone with my two young children and I felt broken beyond repair. Day after day I cried and begged God to help me and my family. My heart was wounded and I grieved the death of my marriage. The pain through the tears had me holding onto the only thing I thought could heal me, God.

So, why do so many want joy, but most can’t find it? What happens in life that steals our joy? What happens when we let our emotions and circumstances get the best of us? I will be sharing some of my “joy stealers” throughout these pages. I’ll include ways I found that helped me overcome these raw emotions and find true joy.

I have called this book “Joy Beyond” because we all want joy beyond the circumstances of life. Living in this world with all the craziness can be chaotic at times and extremely difficult when hardships arise. We live in a fallen world where everybody doesn’t believe in God. We live in a selfish, “all about me” world, where people have become more and more tolerant of sin, or immorally wrong actions. Many times these actions or offenses are overlooked until it becomes personal and begins to steal our joy and cause pain.

When we walk in the light of Christ, and let the Lord lead us day after day, we are blessed with a joy that is unmeasurable and indescribable. We can’t contain what God does in and through our lives, when we walk in His presence daily. I want more of that joy. How about you?

God took away my pain and filled me to capacity. My cup overflows and my heart sings songs of joy. This doesn’t mean that I don’t have troubles or problems, it just means I now try to keep my eyes and thoughts on Jesus and His plans. I know He has a purpose for the pain. I know He has plans for His people.

For you make me glad by your deeds, LORD;
I sing for joy at what your hands have done.
How great are your works, LORD,
how profound your thoughts! Psalm 92:4-5 Joy cup

“I’ve got joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart! Where? Down in my heart!”

Joy is an emotion, an intense feeling of happiness according to the dictionary. It is the 483rd most popular word on Merriam-Webster.com. However, joy is more than an emotion or feeling. It is a state of being which comes within our heart. We may not feel happy, but we can still have joy within our heart. We all are looking for joy. We want to be filled with satisfaction, contentment, and pleasure. Joy is one of the Fruits of the Spirit mentioned in the Bible. God talks about the condition of our heart and the way to find joy many times in His Word

What is stealing your joy? Leave a comment.

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About Brenda McGraw

Brenda McGraw is the founder of Ask God Today Ministries where a team of writers share hope and truth with others. She has a God-given dream to reach the masses with the gospel of Christ. Brenda is an author and speaker who reveals how to discover joy beyond the clutter of life. She draws from her own life experiences in the #1 Amazon Best seller,“Joy Beyond, 28 Days to Finding Joy Beyond the Clutter of Life”. She has two new books released. Finished, Top Ten Steps to Finish Writing a Book and Living Uncluttered, An Abundant Life Bible Study.

Brenda lives in South Carolina with her husband, Jeff and one of their five children. She is a survivor of breast cancer and a heart attack. Despite the challenges she has endured, Brenda found peace through her relationship with Jesus Christ.

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