Right at this moment, I feel tired, a little overwhelmed at the busyness of life, and slightly frustrated that I didn’t get that much needed nap.
Tomorrow starts another full week of school, dentist appointments, practices, work, cleaning, laundry… so many things to get done.
I’m sure your list is as big as mine.
And you might be wishing for coffee, chocolate and an evening by the campfire. Or just a day away…
The truth that keeps coming back to me is “Get Joy!”
Get joy is for sure my life phrase.
So many times, especially as women, we rely on our own abilities to get everything done. We fuel ourselves, hoping that our ability to multi-task or delegate will get us through. Depending on the situation, we take the “if all else fails, then pray” approach to life. Seeking God seems to come last in the process.
For me, I get so involved in what is going on that I forget to look up, step back and remember where my strength comes from.
I read recently that, “Many times we don’t know we need His power until we run out of our own strength.”
How true that is.
Nehemiah 8:10 says, “…for the joy of the Lord is my strength.”
How does joy give us strength?
1. Joy is not a feeling. Joy is not a feeling of happiness. We can’t rely on how we “feel”. Our feelings will fail us. We have to learn to live by His word. The entire book. He has a plan and by taking in the full word of God, we can “get joy” from seeing His hand at work and be comforted by His promises.
2. We have to remember that Satan is here to steal our peace and our joy. He knows that by stealing our joy, he will be able to get our eyes off God and onto the circumstance.
3. Joy is a choice. I can choose to sit here and dwell on my week and how overwhelmed I feel, or I can choose to look at my to-do list and say, “Regardless, I will “get joy”! There is so much strength in choosing to “Get Joy!”
I can’t even begin to tell you how remembering this phrase has gotten me through the rough, hard, down times of life. Because even when we feel these very real feelings, we can be joyful, knowing God is in control and our strength comes from him.
I needed this reminder. Do you need a reminder to get joy today?
Also, you can grab this 10 Days to Finding Joy download today for a 10 day walk through of verses and journaling on your joy journey!