Are You Joyful?
Good Morning Mamma’s!
This month our topic is Joy and our understanding that Jesus is our strength. So are you joyful? Do you struggle with staying joyful?
Statistically speaking, the months of February and March are two of the most stressful months of the year. For most it is because of financial pressures brought on by over-spending through the holiday season but for others it is weather related. Spring hasn’t sprung in a lot of the country and being cooped up for weeks is beginning to take a toll on us at home with little ones.
My advice to help battle the restlessness and resentment that can creep in is to memorize scriptures that are encouraging and will reinforce your defenses.
One of my favorite is Philippians 4:13: I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
In addition to burying scripture in your heart and mind, I have found that maintaining a thankful spirit goes a long way to being joyful.
Psalm 73:26 reads My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
God is my strength.
Having God as my strength means that I don’t have to do all and be all to everyone. I can take joy in the little things. I can be thankful for the daily chores that although can become repetitive and boring; those same chores mean I have food to eat, a place to live, and clothes to wear.
I also find that when I lose a thankful heart, I struggle to find the joy in just about everything.
In Psalms 28:7: 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.
Start praising Him when you feel overwhelmed and overloaded. Sing to Him when you are sad or hurting. I crank up the music and sing along as I do those things around the house. You can’t help but feel uplifted when your heart, mind and words are raised in praises to our Lord.
And those times when I am fearful…I can’t be thankful or joyful.
Isaiah 41:10 reads: So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
What do we have to be fearful of if we are a child of His? Yes there is evil in this world. Yes it will touch you and your family regardless how much you try to stay out of the way. But..and commit this to your heart; YOU are NOT alone! Take your fears to the throne. Leave the worry and the fear at the feet of the only One who can help you.
2 Thessalonians 3:3 reads: But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.
Now I am not saying that all your problems just go away when we pray and ask for help. The problem will still be there. But the solution is to put down the worry and fear so you can focus on battling the problem. Sadly, most of our problems are our own making. Not all, but a large majority. And when they catch up with us, there are consequences (such as over spending, etc). But if we will go to the Lord in prayer, ask Him to first forgive us, and then to give us the strength to fight the battle against _____(fill in the blank); He promises that He will fight with us and that He will give us the strength we need.
The biggest time of trouble for me is when I am tired and allow bitterness to creep in…I struggle to be joyful. I have a verse that I say out loud often during the day. It is from Isaiah, He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak (40:29).
Do you see a pattern to my struggles? I do. I see that when I try to handle everything on my own that I get myself and my heart in trouble. I also know where the help is that I am seeking. God’s Word! That is where I have to start and end my day in order for me to remain on track and be able to have a joyful heart.
If you struggle with being joyful, take a look at your life and see if any of these patterns could apply in your life. Then spend time in prayer and in the Word. Being joyful is choice – and that choice is only an option when you have your heart connected to the only One that can fulfill your needs.