Those of you who check in with my blog regularly, know that I have been positively immersed in an effort to deconstruct a teeny little word: joy. My desire to figure it out, chase it down and make it my own has been challenging, exciting and transforming. Without any reservation I can say that I will never be the same.
Though it began as a purely personal project, as I studied and prayed (and frankly, did a lot of crying for a study on joy), I began to discover some stuff that was impossible to keep inside. I found myself preaching to my sisters, my daughters, innocent folks at the grocery store and – certainly, my own dear Steve has patiently listened to way more words than he ever signed up for. It just kept bubbling out of me! Since I was already slated to teach the spring session at our ladies bible study at Westside, I felt like it was the perfect time to dive head-first into developing The Joy Project into a six-week journey that we could all take together.
Well, it’s almost complete and I’m nearly bursting with anticipation to teach this study! It will begin on April 7 at Westside Church and will run through May 12. During that time, we’ll look at six principles that are absolutely essential – non-negotiable in fact – if we want to live a life of unshakable and authentic joy. I’ll be teaching both the morning and evening sessions (the same study repeated both sessions) and we’ll also be filming it for some other churches and ladies’ groups that want to wrestle this big little word into their lives in a greater way.
This project has been immense and consuming and has felt much like a pregnancy. I would covet your prayers for a joyful delivery (and a cute baby!) Also, if you’re at all interested in attending, I’d be tickled pink to see you there. I think you’ll soon find all the information you need for registration at http://www.westsidechurch.org.
I’m hopeful that when things get rolling in April, I will have more time to devote to this little blog, because I truly love the community of friends I have found here.
With Multiplied Joy,