Does God Expect Joy to Always Look Like Happiness?

The moment I entered my new friend’s apartment, I could tell that Gabby was the life of the party. I burned calories just watching her enthusiastically engage in activity — turning cartwheels, parading her fashion dolls and savoring her fries and fish sticks. Her eyes twinkled with a million thoughts and unanswered questions, which she eventually directed at Siri, when her mom required a reprieve…

I was visiting my homeland of Jamaica when I found out that Joyful Life magazine, a new magazine for women, would carry this essay. Read the full essay here.

Join me on my blog next month for more on my trip!

Author: Denise S. Armstrong

I am Denise Stair Armstrong - worshipper. My purpose is to glorify God by enjoying Him in all of His Creation, among His People, His Bride, the Church; accentuating His glorious Bridge of reconciliation — the Cross of Jesus Christ — through words laced with His Truth, and cast abroad in the world He loves, and died and lives again to save. I was born and raised Jamaican, where I also received my formal education at Shortwood Teachers' College and the University of the West Indies, specializing in English Language & Literatures in English. The remainder of my education was gained by homeschooling our three wonderful children (Joseph, Charis, and Timothy) and parenting them with my husband Claude. My passion is worship expressed primarily through writing inspirational pieces that urge readers not to miss how much the Lord has "cramm'd earth with heaven", to quote Elizabeth Barrett Browning. My heart is to encourage community, in the best sense of the word, through exalting the cross of Calvary. I enjoy reading, writing, cooking, gardening, theatre and ballroom dancing (only with Claude!) and digging into the Word of God.

One thought on “Does God Expect Joy to Always Look Like Happiness?”

  1. Denise!!!!

    This is a beautiful piece of writing, and I am SO GLAD Joyful Life picked it up. Yay! Yay! Yay! Your words will bless many, many readers, I have no doubt. And I also have no doubt that Joyful Life’s recognition of the goodness of your words is a harbinger of many more opportunities to share your writing.

    I have been thinking of you often and praying over your time in Jamaica. And very much looking forward to our Skype conversation next month!

    For the relaunch of The Circle of Seasons this fall, I am putting together an audio series about the church year. As part of that, I would like to have a recorded conversation with you (not an interview!) about how you’ve incorporated the church year into your home over the years. Would you be willing? If so, I will send you a handful of questions to think about, so we can both be more comfortable being recorded. 🙂 I’d love to do the recording around the time of our Skype chat, if you have an extra half-hour to spend with me. Think about it, pray about it, and sometime after you get home from Jamaica, let me know if you’d like to do this.

    Praying for all your interactions with friends and family as you travel, and for rich research for your novel! May God surround you with His peace and fill you with Himself this day.

    Much love, Kimberlee



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