Actress Candace Cameron Bure says the key to finding personal peace is to learn the difference between joy and happiness and to rest in God's promises even when circumstances change.
The GAC Media/Hallmark star made the comments during an interview with her brother, Kirk Cameron, on his TBN series Takeaways.
Cameron joked that his sister takes "joy supplements" every morning. Bure, though, said she's not always happy inside, even if she is always filled with joy.
"I think it's good to define the difference between joy and happiness," she said. "Joy is a goodness that comes from inside you that sustains you when your circumstances around you are tough, are bad – when they are unhappy circumstances. Happiness is conditionally based. Happiness means that the external things around you are going well. And that can change at any moment."
There are days, she said, when she may be unhappy "because the things going on around me might not be great."
"But I still have joy inside of me," she said. "Because joy is never dependent upon my circumstances. And the joy that I have as a believer and a Christian comes from God. It's knowing that I am at peace with Him, I'm justified before Him, He walks with me, His Spirit is upon me. It's knowing my future that's in heaven. It's having an eternal perspective. That's where I find my joy when my circumstances are difficult."
The source of joy, Bure said, is "salvation in Jesus Christ."
"That's why it's so important that we spend time in God's Word every day, to renew our minds, renew our spirits, to encourage us to keep reminding ourselves of God's truth, and not allow the world to tell us what it thinks is truth," she said. "Because the world is ever-changing. And God never changes."
Asked how she spiritually "recharges," Bure said she spends quiet moments with God.
"I need to be quiet, I need to be still, I need to spend time with the Lord and pray," she said. "And that might look like, you know, 10 minutes, it might be an hour, it might be half the day in bed, just reading my Bible. It just depends."
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Michael Foust has covered the intersection of faith and news for 20 years. His stories have appeared in Baptist Press, Christianity Today, The Christian Post, the Leaf-Chronicle, the Toronto Star and the Knoxville News-Sentinel.