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How to Fill up With Joy By Tom Harper

Embrace Joy!

There are certain people that are full of joy and happy all the time. And then there’s me. And probably you.

We have more ups and downs. More moods and attitudes. We’re tired, wired, or just want to retire.

Too many of us rely on coffee to get us up in the morning and through the day. We grab a doughnut or some other sugar source to dampen the doldrums.

Beyond all the stimulants and pep talks, there is another source of energy we can tap. God gives it to us in His Word:

Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy.
Psalm 34:5

Relying on the Lord and walking closely with him add a certain quality to our countenance. Probably because when we do it, we are promised joy.

We also receive strength from iT:

The joy of the Lord is your strength.
Nehemiah 8:10c

When we’re down or grieve, he lifts us up with joy. When we need him, he loves us so much that he pours joy into us even before he helps us. It’s the act of trusting that bestows joy.

Wanna feel more relaxed and happy with life and leadership?

Employ joy.

Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, self-control.”
Gal 5:22


Tom Harper is publisher of, a website offering free leadership content and resources to pastors and marketplace leaders. His latest two-book fiction series for Christian leaders includes Through Colored Glasses and Inner Threat. This post is excerpted from Tom’s book, Servant Leader Strong: Uniting Biblical Wisdom and High-Performance Leadership, (DeepWater Books, 2019).

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