Joyfulness by Robin Densmore Fuson as seen on Kidbiblelessons.com
Do you know the difference between joy and happiness?
Joy comes from within, and happiness is from the outside. That sounds a little confusing, so let me explain it to you in a story. Written for children on my children's blog www.kidbiblelessons.com but I'm sure you will enjoy this devotion in story form.
There once was a family of four: a dad, mom, son, and daughter. Their last name was Nelson. They lived in a nice house in a small town in the mountains. The dad owned a gas station, and the mom worked as a librarian at the library. The boy’s name was Micah and the girl’s name was Molly. Micah was ten-years-old and Molly, seven-years-old.
Micah and Molly liked school and loved playing in the yard. Their yard was big and had a sandbox and a tree swing. They also liked to go to the library when their mom worked because they loved to read books. Once a week there was storytime at the library, and Micah and Molly loved to go to hear their mom read the story. All the children enjoyed listening to their mom read. She was a wonderful storyteller and made the stories come alive.
Everyone in town knew Mrs. Nelson, Micah and Molly's mom. Everyone loved her because she seems to be so pleasant all the time. Although she was a happy person, what people saw in her wasn’t happiness. It was a joy down deep in her being. Her happiness came from enjoying many things around her like family, home, playing, food, and so much more. But it wasn’t these outward things that made her full of joy. Her joy came from inside her. It came from the Holy Spirit who lived in her. When she was a little girl, she had accepted the Lord Jesus as her Savior. At that moment, the Lord Jesus gave her the Holy Spirit to live in her. The Holy Spirit is one of the three persons in the Godhead. For more information on the Godhead, look at the lesson on faith in Faith 3.