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10 Tips for a Joy-Filled Life by Sarah Young

Dear Friend,

I wrote Jesus Always, my new 365-day devotional, with a desire to help readers live a joy-filled life. No matter what is happening in our world, we Christians can find Joy in Jesus.

I want to share with you 10 tips to help you approach every day joyfully. Each tip includes an excerpt from Jesus Always plus one or more scripture references. As in all my books, the devotions in Jesus Always are written from the perspective of Jesus speaking to you, the reader.

My hope and prayer is that these 10 tips will draw you closer to Jesus and help you embrace Joy in His Presence.


A Jesus Always reader enjoying Sarah Young's new devotional.

1. Stay in Communication with Jesus, Your Joy

I am your Joy! These four words can light up your life. Since I am always with you, the Joy of My Presence is continually accessible to you. You can open up to My Presence through your trust in Me, your love for Me. Try saying, “Jesus, You are my Joy.” My Light will shine upon you and within you as you rejoice in Me, your Savior. Ponder all I have done for you and all that I am to you. This will lift you up above your circumstances.

—from January 2

Psalm 21:6 NIV; Philippians 4:4 NKJV

2. Consider Challenges a Joyful Opportunity

When tests and challenges come at you from all sides, consider it a joyful opportunity. Don’t waste energy regretting the way things are or wishing you could go back to yesterday. Remember that I am sovereign, powerful, and loving; moreover, I am with you to help. Instead of being overwhelmed by all the difficulties, grasp My hand with confident trust. Though you are insufficient to handle your troubles by yourself, you and I together can handle anything! If you view your circumstances from this big-picture perspective, you can be joyful even in the midst of your struggles.

—from August 23

James 1:2 MSG

3. Don’t Compare Yourself with Other People

The source of much discontentment is comparing oneself with others. I want you to make every effort to avoid this deadly trap. Remember that you are My unique creation—redeemed by My blood and exquisitely precious to Me. Stay in joyful communication with Me, the Savior who loves you immeasurably more than you can imagine. I will transform you more and more into the masterpiece I designed you to be.

—from June 7

1 Timothy 6:6 NIV ; Ephesians 2:10 NLT

4. Let Jesus Redeem Your Failures

I hate to see My children weighed down by past failures, dragging them around like heavy chains attached to their legs. Rejoice that I redeem your failures—forgiving you and leading you along paths of newness. Talk with Me about your mistakes, and be ready to learn from Me. Ask Me to show you the changes I want you to make. I will guide you along right paths.

—from August 18

Matthew 11:28–29 NIV; Psalm 23:3 NLT

The past cannot be changed, but you have my help in the present and my hope for the future - from devotional book Jesus Always by Sarah Young

5. Make Jesus Your Joyful Focus

As you look to Me more and more, I become your joyful Focus. When you look at the world today, many disturbing things call out for your attention. If you concentrate too much on those things, you will become deeply discouraged. Meanwhile, the One who is continually with you calls out: “I am here! Look to Me, beloved, and find Joy in Me!”

—from July 9

Psalm 105:4 NIV; Psalm 73:23 NKJV

6. Trust That Jesus Loves You and Delights in You

I rejoice over you with singing. Open wide your heart, mind, and spirit to receive My richest blessings. Because you are My blood-bought child, My Love for you flows continuously from the throne of grace. Look up and receive all that I have for you. Listen and hear Me singing songs of Joy because of My great delight in you. You can approach Me boldly—with confidence—trusting that you are indeed the one I love.

—from March 14

Zephaniah 3:17 NIV; Hebrews 4:16 NIV; Deuteronomy 33:12 NIV

7. Receive Blessings Joyfully and Hold Them Loosely

Receive joyfully and thankfully the blessings I shower on you, but do not cling to them. Hold them loosely—ready to release them back to Me. At the same time, I want you to enjoy fully the good things I give you. The best way to do this is to live in the present, refusing to worry about tomorrow. Today is the time to delight in the blessings I have provided. … When I remove from you something or someone you treasure, it’s healthy to grieve your loss. It is also important to draw closer to Me during this time. Cling to Me, beloved, for your relationship with Me will never be taken away from you. Let Me be your Rock, in whom you take refuge. Often I provide unexpected new blessings to comfort you and lead you forward. Be on the lookout for all that I have for you!

—from November 24

Matthew 6:34 NKJV; Psalm 18:2 NIV; Isaiah 43:19 NIV

8. Choose Joy Moment by Moment

Rejoice always! This is one of the shortest verses in the Bible, but it is radiant with heavenly Light. I made you in My image, and I crafted you with the ability to choose Joy in the moments of your life. When your mind is going down an unpleasant, gloomy path, stop it in its tracks with this glorious command. See how many times each day you can remind yourself to rejoice. … Choosing to rejoice will bless you and those around you. It will also strengthen your relationship with Me.

—from July 18

1 Thessalonians 5:16 NKJV; Genesis 1:27 NKJV; Philippians 4:4 NIV

9. Thank Jesus Often for His Presence

To infuse more Joy into your day, seek to increase your awareness that I am with you. An easy way to do this is to say: “Thank You, Jesus, for Your Presence.” This is such a short, simple prayer that you can pray it frequently; it beautifully connects you to Me, expressing your gratitude. You don’t have to feel My nearness in order to pray this way. However, the more you thank Me for My Presence, the more real I become to you. You align yourself—mind, heart, and spirit—with the reality that in Me you live and move and have your being.

—from September 18

Acts 17:28 NIV

Thankfulness enlarges the capacity of your heart for abundant joy - from devotional book Jesus Always by Sarah Young

10. Treasure Jesus and Enjoy Your Riches in Him

Treasure Me above all else. This will infuse Joy into your heart and mind. It will also glorify Me! To treasure something is to hold or keep it, esteeming it as precious. I am training you to hold securely onto Me, your Savior-God and constant Companion. Knowing that I never leave your side can increase your Joy and Peace immeasurably. Also, esteeming Me as your precious Savior strengthens your desire to keep Me “in your sights” and live according to My will.

—from May 21

Matthew 13:44 NIV; Philippians 3:8–9 NIV

No matter how much or how little you have in this world, your relationship with Me makes you immeasurably rich. So whenever you are counting your blessings, be sure to include the infinite wealth you have in Me. Add Me into the equation, and your gratitude will grow exponentially. Whatever you have + Me = an incalculable fortune!

—from December 26

Philippians 4:19 NIV


Bountiful Blessings!

Photo of Sarah Young's Signature

Portrait of Jesus Calling and Jesus Always author, Sarah Young.

14 thoughts on “10 Tips for a Joy-Filled Life by Sarah Young

  1. Your Devotionals, though I know they are not, seem to speak to me as though The Lord is speaking directly to me alone.
    Thank you for allowing The Creator of ALL to use you as a conduit for His Love to so many.
    I, for one, am deeply grateful.
    Holding you in prayers with gratitude and love.

  2. Thank you for helping me with the loss of my sweet fella John Trout. We were married for 58 years and he was and is my forever love of my life.

  3. I came across your book “Jesus Calling” while working. I am a caregiver to the elderly.
    My lady is 102 yrs. I read it to her daily and must admit I hv read your testimony (introduction) several times. I yearn to hear from HIM and to know HIM as such. To have the Joy that only HE can give. My life changed from “religion” to Spirit filled in 1989. And my testimony triumphs for God’s glory. HE has never left me through many heartache and failures. And has made beauty from the ashes. Thankyou Sarah Young for sharing your heart, wisdom & testimony of your love for our Savior and redeemer, Jesus Christ Blessings to you …Victoria Harrington

  4. Dear Sarah, my life has been so hard this year!! I try to stay as positive as much I can!! Some days it is so hard, but when I read you devotion the word seem to fill me right up again with the love of God and the truth of Jesus!! How he saved me, how raise ME, how he turn my life around!! From darkness-to joy and happiness!! I love the Lord!
    So thank you again sweet sister of God!! AMEN n AMEN!!

  5. Your book has help me thru a very difficult time in my life. It has help me to stay focus and learn so much about the bible. I have done alots more detail reading. Thank you so much. God has truly bless you!

  6. My journey through grief was made much easier with daily devotions including Jesus Calling. I’m on my 5th year and it continues to get me deeper into the scriptures which bring me everlasting peace.

  7. Hi Sarah,

    Just wanted you to know how much I love and appreciate reading the books you have written. They are so inspiring to me. Can’t wait to start reading “Jesus Always”. God Bless and thank you so much.

  8. Sarah, I know you will be hearing, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” I am so blessed by the books you’ve written, pointing us always to Jesus. Thank you.
    In Christ, Denise Leavens.

  9. Thank you for Jesus Calling
    I am trying to get a better closer relationship with God mg Father and Savior. I got lost somewhere along the way

  10. Beautiful Sarah,
    Your words of love for Jesus, and his word of love for us, sinks deep in the well of my soul. Thank you for opening your life to him so completely, allowing him to use your vessel, as a spring of spiritual refreshment, for the many thirsty souls seeking his sweet solace and refuge.
    God bless you,
    Maureen Chollet

  11. I have just finished praying for you, as I do each morning with my hand on your name of Jesus Calling. What a precious little book. I have given away so many and have seen changes in lives. Not from (Sarah Young) but from your obedience to Gods calling in your life. Thank you for allowing Him to work in you!!
    It would be such a joy to be able to sit and talk with you. We will one day, when we are on that Golden Shore.❤️
    Your Sister in Christ
    Betty Mason

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