One of the first things I did was look up joy in a thesaurus - there were loads of words and expressions for joy and rejoicing so they all had to go on a page. Then I remembered an old Every Day With Jesus 2 month daily devotional booklet on joy which I had. One of the first days explained the difference between joy and pleasure and this became my next page.
Here's the Joy Words page:
The backround is acrylic. I usually scrape it on but for this one I used a paint brush and also a little water. Then I stamped, I love this Floral Swirl by IndigoBlu which was part of a magazine subscription gift.
I stamped circles in a Brilliance ink pad for some shimmer:
And some more stamping in black, Fireworks this time by Banana Frog which I've had for years:
I doodled the title and I love how its come out:
Here is Joy is Not Pleasure:
I wrote the title and highlighted in white:
Journaled how joy is not pleasure, pleasure can be stolen from us:
The joy of the Lord cannot be taken from us. I love the bit which says joy can rise to rapture, or sink to peace. Isn't that true? That was in the Every Day With Jesus booklet:
This is why I want to learn to have the joy of the Lord, because the joy of the Lord is constant and deep and does not depend on circumstances - please help me learn this, Lord!