“You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.” (Isaiah 55:12 NKJV)
“My lips will shout for joy when I sing praise to you, I whom you have delivered.” (Psalm 71:23 NKJV)
Most of the year I have joy. God has graciously given me a bounty of joy.
There are two times during the year though that my joy seems to fade. Those times are Christmas and my birthday. Mom always made those days special. Even after she went to the nursing home she still had a card for me when I went over to see her. I try to keep joyful during those times and I am getting better. But the devil sneaks in and tries to tell me I don’t matter. No one cares about me anyway since mom is gone.
I have learned to ignore those remarks. God has blessed me with so many wonderful people in my life. The devil tries to come and steal your joy. He doesn’t have any and doesn’t want anyone else to. The thing is though, when you allow him to steal your joy, he also leaves a deposit behind. He leaves depression, anxiety, stress and fear. Those are things no one needs.
There are people who enjoy them though. I have known people who thrived on them because they got attention from people. That’s not me. I prefer joy. Why? I feel better for one thing. If I’m not stressed about something my heart beats strong and steady. It doesn’t skip as much. I have learned the more people around me that are stressing out, then I tend to also. I am learning to try to change the subject or just walk away. I refuse to let someone make me lose my joy because of their stress, anxiety or depression. It’s not worth it to me.
So I encourage you today to keep your joy no matter what is going on. Stay positive and let God handle the problems. Walk in peace and love towards others.
Have a blessed day everyone.
Writer and Prayer warrior with Answers2Prayer Ministries
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