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124. Sound Your Joy on Repeat to the World

You have joy, and it's worth repeating.

12 min / Published

The world could use some joy today, and it'll need it tomorrow, too. You may not think you have it, or maybe it's been some time since you felt it. But our joy doesn't have anything to do with our circumstances or situations. As Christmas approaches quickly, let's share this joy with the world. Listen in to be encouraged. Join encourager, Julie Lefebure, each Tuesday morning as she offers real encouragement for your real life right now through a fresh, hope-filled perspective, a lighthearted inspiration, and Biblical insight, all in about 15 minutes (guest shows are longer). Each episode will lift your spirits and equip you to be a light in this world. Find extra encouragement at julielefebure.com/resources/.

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Show notes

Merry Christmas! With Christmas being less than a week away, in this episode we are peering into a Christmas carol, that was never meant to be one, and how one sentence in this carol continues to ring loudly above all the others in my brain. Get ready to sound your joy on repeat to the world today.

What does joy sound like? Pause a moment and think about your answer. I can think of a few examples. The joy-filled squeals of my excited grandsons when I walk into their home on Wednesday mornings. Or the tune of the worship song I may be listening to. It can even be the sound of stillness with a distant train whistle on a quiet morning as I step outdoors and watch the sunrise.

What does joy sound like to you?

Now, I know this isn't a typical question to ask, and quite honestly, I've not asked or answered this before until today. But I've been thinking about joy a fair amount lately. What it is, where it comes from, and why it matters in my life. I've even searched online about joy and why it's deeper than happiness. All because I've been stuck on this one Christmas carol: "Joy to the World."

In my search, I've learned that Isaac Watts didn't write this to be a Christmas carol, nor a hymn at all. He wrote it as a poem in 1719, so it's been around awhile. It was his Christian interpretation of Psalm 98, and the lyrics reflect more of Christ's second coming than His first as a baby. I can certainly understand why it became a Christmas carol, however, for the first stanza reminds me of Advent and preparing my heart for His coming. But the third stanza points us to something else.

It's in the second stanza where I've landed on repeat lately with the words, "Repeat the sounding joy."

That's it. It continues to ring in my head throughout this season.

Joy is ours, and we each have joy. I share why and how and a few Bible verses to point us to truth.

So, sound your joy on repeat to the world today, my friend.

I also share some exciting news about something I've been working on for you that will be released very soon!

Friend, sound your joy on repeat to the world today. I pray this joy permeates everything we do over the next few days as Christmas approaches. Not only then, but also into the new year. May the joy of the Lord be your strength today, tomorrow, and every single day forward. Merry Christmas, friend. God bless you!

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