I had to post these lyrics from Steven Curtis Chapman’s song “What Kind of Joy”.  If you are following along with our Living Beyond Yourself bible study this week we are studying “Joy”.  Our study mentions this song and I thought the lyrics were great.  Today our study asks us “Have you ever found God in the midst of your struggles”? Our study remind us that joy results from discovering God’s presence, His purpose, and His power in the circumstances of our life, even when those circumstances are struggles.

Steven Curtis Chapman’s song reminds of this too.

What kind of joy is this

That counts it a blessing to suffer
What kind of joy is this
That gives the prisoner his song
What kind of joy could stare death in the face
And see it as sweet victory
This is the joy of a soul that’s forgiven and free

Anybody else with his pain
Would want to shake their fist at heaven
And give up the fight
‘Cause trouble had been Paul’s middle name
Ever since he’d been captured by God’s blinding light
But just when his hope should be dying
If you listen you’ll hear him singing a song

What kind of joy is this
The Father has promised his children
What kind of joy is this
That Jesus has come to reveal
What kind of joy could give hope in this world
To someone just like you and me
This is the joy of a soul that’s forgiven and free
I’ve found this joy for my soul is forgiven and free