Saddleback Church: Choose Joy

by Lindy

Kay Warren of Saddleback Church led a women’s bible study called, Choose Joy this summer.  1000’s of women showed up to participate in the study, myself included.

In addition to the wonderful lessons on choosing joy (as opposed to fixating on your woes), performance artists amazed the audience with interpretative dance, spoken word poetry and acting.  It really brought the study to life.

The core message throughout the study was:

“Joy is the settled assurance that God is in control of all the details of my life; the quiet confidence that ultimately everything is going to be all right; and the determined choice to praise God in all things.” — Kay Warren 

This was my first study like this.  I was hesitant at first to participate, but ultimately was glad that I did.  It’s a very important lesson to learn.  I was surprised to learn that Kay Warren struggles with choosing joy; I always assumed that it came naturally to her.  It makes me like her even more to know that she is so candid and authentic.

Major take-aways:

  • Jesus was a man of joy
  • Joy is a conviction of your mind
  • Joy is a condition of your heart
  • Joy is a choice of your behavior

DVDs of the Choose Joy series will be available this fall.  More information can be found here.

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