Those below remind us that joy is a fruit and must be grown. BUT we must also remember we need to prune the fruit tree, water is and care for it, but we can not make it grow. It grows by a miracle from God alone and not from our efforts.

"If you have no joy, there´s a leak in your Christianity somewhere."

- Billy Sunday

"The Bible teaches that true joy is formed in the midst of the difficult

seasons of life."

- Francis Chan

"Joy is best sown in broken ground."

- Jack Wellman

"The only lasting and fully satisfying joys for any man lie on the

other side of a cross."

- Walter J. Chantry

"No one can get Joy by merely asking for it. It is one of the ripest

fruits of the Christian life, and, like all fruits, must be grown."

- Henry Drummond

"The mere fact itself that God's will is irresistible and irreversible

fills me with fear, but once I realize that God wills only that which

is good, my heart is made to rejoice."

- A. W. Pink

"Those who know where the treasure lies joyfully abandon everything

else to secure it."

- D. A. Carson

"The joy of the Lord will arm us against the assaults of our spiritual

enemies and put our mouths out of taste for those pleasures with

which the tempter baits his hooks."

- Matthew Henry

"Joy is distinctly a Christian word and a Christian thing. It is the

reverse of happiness. Happiness is the result of what happens of an

agreeable sort. Joy has its springs deep down inside. And that

spring never runs dry, no matter what happens. Only Jesus gives

that joy. He had joy, singing its music within, even under the

shadow of the cross."

- S.D. Gordon

"Begin to rejoice in the Lord, and your bones will flourish like an

herb, and your cheeks will glow with the bloom of health and

freshness. Worry, fear, distrust, care-all are poisonous! Joy is

balm and healing, and if you will but rejoice, God will give power."

- A. B. Simpson