Life can be tough and things can be hard to understand. Heartache and disappointment can sometimes be overwhelming. I have had several people ask me how even though I am going through a tough season how I can still smile and be kind to others.
In Galatians chapter five the second fruit of the spirit is joy. The dictionary defines joy as: the emotion of great delight or happiness caused by something exceptionally good or satisfying; keen pleasure; elation.
In Hebrews 12:1,2 “Therefore, since we are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off all that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eye on Jesus, the pioneer and perfector of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Jesus endured persecution, loss and the cross where he bled and died for us so that one day we could enjoy the joy of heaven.
Isaiah 51:11, “Those the Lord has rescued will return. They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will free away.”
I don’t know about you but I am looking forward to the everlasting joy being on my head in heaven! But right now I am here on earth and so are you. If you are having a bad day maybe go on a walk or a hike and enjoy the beauty of God’s creation. Maybe visit a friend or play with your children.
I had a friend tell me recently to look for joy in the little things. Find your little joy.
It could be making your favorite brownies or driving through the country, playing worship music and singing along or going to coffee or lunch with a friend. God is everywhere and if you take a moment to stop and consider how he might bless you today I can promise you it will not be a waste of time and it might just bless you to know that God does care about your joy.
Joy is a choice that you have to make. We all have days that are just going to get us down and we just want to weep. “Weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.” Psalm 30:5b. There are going to be times when the morning still feels like the darkest day but take time to notice things: for some reason, I think squirrels are hilarious creatures. And I love listening to children laugh.
What things bring you joy? Can you find even a glimpse of God’s glory and love in one small thing each day? Maybe get a quart mason jar and some small pieces of paper. Each day write down one thing that brought you joy that day. Was it the child at church that saw you and ran to give you a hug or was it your friend that brought you your favorite cookies because she knew they would make you feel better? Was it the worship song you heard on the radio touched your heart? On the really difficult days empty the jar and read through all the little things that God showed you in the past. He is always faithful and walks with you no matter what you are going through.
I will leave you with this verse, “Your word is a lamp unto my feet, a light unto my path.” Psalm 119:105. He will light the way in the darkness, in your trying times but He knows what is up ahead.
I hope these words have been an encouragement to you. Choose joy, choose Him and know that you are loved sister in Christ!
Megan volunteers in the toddler class whichever service she is asked. She holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice:Forensics from Liberty University. She is a chosen, cherished and beloved Princess in God’s Court.