Joy is a Noun.
Joy is gladness not based on circumstance.
“Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory,”1 Peter 1:8-9
A noun is a word used to identify a person, place or thing.
Is Joy Used to Identify You?
I can tell you right now I feel lack of Joy. My circumstances are making me feel trapped, even though it is a good trapped. I have to give up a profession that I have used to identify myself for 7 years. However I am gaining a new identity. I am a mom. I can not think of anyone raising this sweet girl but me. My circumstances have lead me to be her teacher and coming to terms with my new role during postpartum hormone changes can feel overwhelming. No matter how I feel God always comes in and gives me Joy. A joy that I don’t see but I know is there. I can feel joy deep in my soul even when my flesh is hormonal and sad.
I do not know what your circumstance may be in this season, but know your not alone in your feelings. However God gives us something called Joy that is an eternal gladness that is more than our circumstances.