Let Joy Be Your Compass

Do you remember a time in your life when you had pure joy? Maybe that time is now…maybe it’s not. But at least one point in all of our lives we can say we’ve experienced true and pure joy. Think about it for a minute. Go back to that time if that time isn’t now. How did it feel? Is it something you want to experience again?

I’d hope so!

Well, you can. Joy isn’t lost. No matter your current situation…how dire things seems. You can get back to that place of pure joy. It will take some work on your part, some surrendering, letting go. But isn’t it worth it?

Here are 4 simple steps to regain joy in your life.

1 – Believe God wants you to have joy.

God is a God of love. He wants nothing but good for you. And joy is good. But you have to believe this truth. You have to walk around with your head held high knowing that the Creator of the entire universe and everything in it values you above anything else and He cares that you have joy in your life. You’re that special.

2 – Ask God for joy.

There’s nothing wrong with asking God to give you joy. And there’s nothing wrong with asking others to pray for you in the same way. God wants us to come to Him with our desires and wants. And joy in our lives is just as big as healing of a disease. Don’t belittle it! Put it on your prayer list! He’s listening. Just ask!

3 – Go near to God.

Sometimes, just seeking His presence and sitting quietly before Him will do more for your soul than you can imagine! Develop a daily meditation practice with your Father. Spend this time in silence just sitting and listening and letting Him do a work on your heart and soul! It will do wonders for your joy! It can be a minute, it can be 2, 5 or 30. The choice is yours! But just do it! Start small and work yourself up. Sit quietly with God, breath deeply…breath in His presence and breath out negative thoughts and feelings. Just a minute of this practice will rejuvenate you, energize you, and bring back your joy!

4 – Set your mind on things that bring you joy.

Ok, and this is a biggie! One of my most favorite sayings recently is “what’s kinking your hose?” (Think of a garden hose that’s free flowing water, then one that gets kinked… when you’re kinked, you can’t flow life, creativity, joy…anything!) I was at a wellness conference and one of the speakers was talking about things that kink our hose, steal our joy and make us a big old mess! So, evaluate. What is linking your hose and remove it from your life! Also evaluate, what unkinks your hose and focus on those things! The things that allow your hose to flow free are the things that will bring you joy. The things that kink your hose are the things that will suck your joy. So spend some time asking God to show you the kink culprits and how to remove them. Then ask Him to show you those things that foster passion, creativity, joy, life and how you can put more of that in your life.

And when you start doing these 4 simple things, get ready for joy overload! Also get ready to make a difference in this world! Because when you are living this way, you will be living out the passion and purpose God has placed in your heart and you’ll be making a tremendous difference in your world!

Where are you walking in faith?

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Do you have faith?  Do you know what faith is?  I think I do. And that’s an answer to both questions by the way.

Hebrews 11:1 says… “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” 

Usually, we all want proof that what we are about to do, say, act on… will produce best possible outcome for us. I think that’s human nature. But one thing that is for sure… there is no sure thing.

When I was pregnant with my first child, to say I was excited was an understatement. Trevor was nervous enough for the both of us, so I didn’t need to worry at all! Anyway, at our 20 week ultrasound, they told us there was an issue with the placenta and that I was having some blood pressure issues, so they put me on bed rest. UNTIL THE BABY WAS BORN. For those unknowing about all things pregnancy, that is 20 more weeks. That’s a long time! But, I did it because I wanted a healthy baby. Fast forward to 3 days before his due date and I was in labor. They told me the placenta issue had resolved and I didn’t need to have a C-Section. All was good. He was born. He was 8lbs 1oz of pure joy.  Then, all hell broke lose. The placenta issue hadn’t really resolved fully, it ruptured, and I could have died leaving Trevor to raise a newborn all alone. But, that didn’t happen! Some time later, I regained consciousness, strength, was unhooked from wires and came home with a baby boy.

3 years later, I did it again. People thought I was crazy. What if... was a common phrase that came out of their mouths over and over and over. But, I had faith that God knew what He was doing, and we were meant to have another child. And guess what? At the 20 week ultrasound, they told me my baby may have Downs Syndrome and I needed to have further testing done. I declined because the testing would endanger the baby and it wouldn’t change the outcome of the pregnancy anyway. People again, thought I was crazy. Don’t you want to know? No! what does it matter? God gave us this baby and if he has Downs Syndrome, I won’t love him any less. So, fast forward 20 weeks and he is born… on his due date mind you! 8lbs 8oz of pure joy. And no Downs Syndrome. And no complications. We walked in faith. And what a reward we received that day!  Two beautiful boys to love!

Today, I walk in faith. In lots of different ways. Some small… some big. But in faith nonetheless. Some days I waiver. And God reminds me that faith isn’t a suggestion, it’s a requirement. (Hebrews 11:6)

So, how are you walking in faith? Or, how are you not walking in faith, but need to be? Maybe it is starting something new… maybe it is stopping something old… maybe it is volunteering… maybe it is giving financially… maybe it is a new business venture you feel called to… whatever it is, if God is calling you to it, He will walk you through it!

That’s #MyThoughtForToday
What’s yours?
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