I can’t believe that we are almost through this month. 26 of my 31 posts were written in advance so I knew I just had to get the chosen word each week and write one post.
Easy peasy one would think. But can I admit that I groaned a little when I saw the choice for this Friday….Joy.
Normally it would be easy for me to snap out a post on what the word Joy means to me…but today, if I am being honest I was just not feeling it.
It has been a tough week. One of those weeks that is painful getting through. Most of it my own doing, which is hard to admit, but joy has been about the farthest feeling from me.
I can be a pretty negative person and very quickly can fall into the “everything is hopeless trap”.
It is a terrible place to stay and I know that it isn’t where God wants me to live.
And then I came across a reading in Psalm 28: 6-7 “Praise be to the Lord, for he has heard my cry for mercy. The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me.
My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.”
There will be times in our lives that are not filled with joy. Times that are heavy and hurt-filled, hopeless and unsure. Times when we need mercy and grace and other times we need to be the one to forgive.
I don’t typically walk through these trials with much joy. But these verses remind me that God has heard my heart cries. He IS with me. Even when I have failed Him, He is my strength and my shield.
What a blessing that little reminder was for me today.
If I believe the Word of God to be true, how can I not have a spirit of joy?
My circumstances may not have changed, but I can look at them with a different perspective. It is a reminder that we can have hope, we find joy in the Lord. I can’t let the happenings in my life, even the ones I cause by my own bad will, rule my emotions.
I don’t need to live in a pit of negativity, I can choose joy.
The Lord is my strength. He is my shield, my protector, the solid rock when I am unsteady, and today I rejoice in that truth. Just the act of seeking Him by searching for a verse on joy when I feel none, has power to change my attitude. I hope dear friend if you find yourself discouraged it gives you a bit of hope to keep chasing Him…
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