Inspiration Report

Inspiration Report

Joy is Strength

“Nehemiah said, ‘Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.’” – Nehemiah 8:10 (NIV)

I heard this Bible verse many times, but looked at it in a new light this weekend as I’ve been pondering what it means to be happy. You never really think about joy being equated with strength, but the prophet Nehemiah was on to something.

Real joy is an inside job. It has very little to do with your outside situation. Much like true peace is remaining calm in the midst of chaos, joy comes from your core and isn’t necessarily reflective of what’s going on around you. Because of this, joy gives you a leg up in many situations.


Joy is a great defense. Joy has the ability to make your happiness impervious to attacks from the outside world. So, when that driver cuts you off or your neighbor says an unkind word, you don’t take it personally. It’s not getting past your fortress of joy.

Holding on to joy means letting go of grudges. It’s really tough to be bitter and happy at the same time. Joy simply will not share the same heart space with unforgiveness. When you refuse to forgive someone, it makes you weak. It allows that person (who, most likely, has totally moved on) to control you and keep you trapped in the past. If you’re able to let things go and resist being offended, you hold all the power. You and your joy take back control and foster a strong emotional life.


Joy lets love loose. Something about an unshakeable happiness unlocks the restrictions we put on compassion towards others. Happy people give of their time, money and energy to causes outside of themselves. They show love and they spread love. Joy allows the love you feel inside to break loose and run rampant, blessing everyone in its path. And there is no greater feat of strength than to love without reservation.

So, what do you say? How has joy made you strong? Think of ways that inner happiness has given you strength.

Read more:
Gretchen Rubin: The Happiness Project
You Will Find the Strength You Need
21 Ways to Boost Your Self-Confidence


  • Kelly

    I have believed all my life that my anger was put on me because of the childhood I was made to live. I am now rethinking this! Life has definetly not been a walk in the park for me and million others of that I am sure. I have a wonderful man and wonderful kids, grandchildren and friends (well not all my friends are so wonderful) but I still live in a world of anger, confusion, hope, disbelief of any relief of worry and fear. I do not to this day know why it is so easy to mush my brain into feeling this way in my mid 40’s one would think I would figure these things out and realize that 89% of my worry never comes to light, or that my anger has nothing to do with my world or people in my life. But the truth is, we all need a place to put these feelings and tend to look to those we love to place blame. There is no magic answer, however, I think we need to have faith, unshakeable, unwavering faith. That being said I would love to learn how to do this in our scary, ugly world that leaves us less than stabel or trusting in what is going to happen tomarrow or even in the next 10 minutes. I know that the things going on in our world certainly does not help, but I also know that with prayer, faith and love for one another is a great place to start. And I also believe that with every bad thing we need to look for the lesson, or a good door to open no matter how hard that may be!!

    Loads of love to all

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment patricia jones

    i had been going through a sad period lately,but after reading this inspirational message i realize that i was being defeated by the enemy.we were just recently hit by a tornado and it sort of sent me into a depression and i just couldn’t shake it but then i realized that GOD spared my life and my home, my joy seem to have disappeared, but now i am coming back from it all. there is so much to feel good about now and my faith has been restored, i am really starting to feel joyous again.PRAISE GOD for all HE has done in my life and the lives of so many others. LOVE AND PEACE…..patricia.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment tim

    im in love with this 1 in clay county WV but im with some 1 in tucson AZ and i want to go back to the 1 in WV but i dont want to make the 1 in AZ to feel bad i need help

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