This bible verse really resonated with me. Giving thanks is God’s will for you; not something he just hopes for us but he wills for us. This week I am going to breakdown the first part of this verse and touch being joyful.
The dictionary defines joy as the emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires. Spiritual joy is defined a little differently. According to Theopedia joy is a state of mind and an orientation of the heart. It is a settled state of contentment, confidence and hope. It is something or someone that provides a source of happiness.
I think we can all agree, some days it is really hard to celebrate joy as defined by the dictionary. Every day is not full of good fortune for sure. Spiritual joy is something we can choose even when things are not so rosy.
So this week spread joy by choosing to respond in a joyful way to the situation you encounter. There are always endless possibilities to spread a little joy and help turn someone’s day around and I promise you your heart will be filled with contentment, confidence and hope…..you will feel the full weight of joy in your heart by spreading joy to others.
Here are just a few ideas
Grab a gift card or a candy bar for the worker at the grocery store out collecting carts
Offer to babysit for a friend who really could use some time to regroup
Take dinner to a family who could really use a family meal together
Write that thank you note to someone who has impacted your life
Give a little extra grace to that other mom in the drop off lane
Take a little extra time for yourself..that’s right for yourself
I will be the first to admit I struggle some days with being joyful in my present situation. I complain a lot more than I should about my man working out of town and having almost all the responsibility for the kids. Instead I could be joyful that his income allows me to hire someone to clean my house! I could be joyful in knowing he loves my cooking and is always so grateful when he walks in to a home cooked meal. On the flip side I can be joyful he wakes every morning and makes the coffee and his own breakfast!
My kids are not the best at doing chores and some days I spend too much time focusing on what they are not doing. I will choose to be joyful they wake on their own, dress themselves and make their own lunches and try to overlook the socks shoved down in the couch cushions.
There is joy to be had in every day friends you just have to look sometimes. I challenge you over the next week when you want to be sour to choose to be joyful instead.
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