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Rev. Amanda MacQuarrie
Rev. Amanda MacQuarrie

‘Weeping may endure for a night, But joy comes in the morning.’ (Psalm 30:5)

Scrolling on Facebook I came across a post, 4 simple words, ‘Joy is a decision’.

It struck a chord with me, I’ve been thinking about joy.

How can I get more of it in my life?

How can I begin to feel better when the hard stuff of life drags me down?

We can wish that God would just wave His magic prayer answering wand in our direction and give us something to smile about.

But then, that’s not really how it works.

Sometimes when life is hard we love nothing more than wallowing in it and throwing

ourselves a pity party and yet God’s Word, the Bible, encourages us to choose joy.

It’s a conscious decision.

One of the easiest ways is to follow the old advice and count your blessings.

No matter how dark and difficult the day there can still be little moments where the

clouds part and the sun shines through, but we only notice if we choose to look for


It’s when we shift our gaze from our circumstances and choose to see the little things - the beauty of a flower, a blether with a friend, the love of a child, a smile from a stranger; and see them as blessings, given to us by a loving God, and we take a moment and give thanks for them - then, our focus shifts – from us to God.

And, we discover joy!

The joy of a God who loves us - and our mood and our day transforms.

Rev. Amanda MacQuarrie,

Camelon Parish Church