During a recent conversation over my 2022 One Word, Resilience, a friend shared a Brené Brown quote connecting my 2021 One Word “Joy” with my current word, Resilience. Revealing a unique relationship between my tiny word friend from 2021 and my bold companion in 2022. But fully grasping how Joy fuels Resilience, required a meeting of the minds, or shall I say, a meeting of the “words?”
The lessons so far, speak deeply into my life. I created a special page on my blog where all my Resilience posts live, please take the time to read past posts for more insight into my journey.
Given the theme of this post, consider visiting my One Word 2021 page for my Joy posts.
The good news is that joy, collected over time, fuels resilience — ensuring we’ll have reservoirs of emotional strength when hard things do happen.Brené Brown
joy and resilience
Though each year brings a new One Word focus, I never completely leave behind my previous year travelling companion. Rather, God continues astounding me with the inter-connectedness of my words from year to year.
Yet, until my friend shared Brown’s quote, understanding the relationship of Joy and Resilience remained a mystery.
Stepping back, my journey with Joy flowed directly into my journey with Resilience, illustrating how Joy fuels Resilience.
Bringing perspective to life, relationships, and even suffering, Joy fuels Resilience through savoring God’s goodness in every circumstance.
Savoring Joy in even the small every day things, ignites gratitude for God’s goodness, faithfulness, and provision. Shifting perspective from scarcity and tragedy rehearsal to hope-filled faith.
Beauty flows from the heart of our Creator God. Spending a few moments in my garden confirms God’s intricate beauty on display. As I reflect, exchanging ashes for beauty (Isaiah 61:3) is the very meaning of redemption.
Created in His image, we reflect His beauty; which is perhaps, the reason we feel drawn to beauty: it calls us home.
Joy provides the emotional manifestation of beauty, inviting us into the Presence of God as we celebrate His goodness in the realities of life.
Savoring Joy fuels Resilience by strengthening our brain’s ability to remember God’s goodness in the “land of the living,” even when walking the hard paths. (Psalm 27:13) As a Fruit of the Spirit, Joy reminds us of the gift of a life lived in companionship with God.
The fullness of Joy in His Presence (Psalm 16:11) fuels Resilience as we realize in every hard circumstance, God’s intimate fellowship abides with us through each moment.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.Romans 15:13
when joy fuels resilience
Coming full circle, I realize cultivating Joy strengthened my Resilience. Much the same as gratitude, we must seek Joy daily: in the small places, the things we take for granted, or rush past, and even along the hard paths.
The better acquainted I became with my tiny word friend, Joy, the more Resilience became visible.
Enabling me to see Resilience in its simplest form, which is nothing more than relentless Hope: the assurance of God’s eternal goodness and faithfulness. Birthed from savoring the Joy of the Lord around me and within me, but ultimately the lingering Joy moments in His Presence.
The emotional manifestation of trust in God, Resilience emerges from the intentional pursuit of Joy through a heart set on seeing the goodness of God in every moment and encounter.
Want more Resilience? Pursue more Joy!