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How to Be Joyful While Recognizing Your Situation

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JOY.

What comes to mind when you read that word?

Such a tiny word but packed with the key to life.

Joy. Unspeakable joy.

Wouldn’t you want that to fill your soul every day?

Let us wake up and decide it is going to be the best day.

The key to enjoying this life we have is in our own hands. Only we can decide to have gratitude in the situations that cause us to compare and complain.

 Joyful While Recognizing Your Situation

Some may be in a position of young kids waking up early refusing everything you offer.  They may be throwing all their toys everywhere. You feel you are chasing, yelling, and cleaning day after day.

Some may be in a position of going to a workplace where there is so much hate and gossip that their ears are so full their hearts start to wonder is there any good left in the world?

You may have a boss that doesn’t see eye to eye, maybe has a favorite employee and it’s not you.

Whatever your situation is when you wake up and feel that nudge of anger, pity, sorrow, resentment, it can be wiped away.

You can choose joy.

You can choose to dig your feet in the earth until they feel grounded. You can choose to let that gossip just flow on by you like the rock that stands against the flowing river. You can let your roots absorb joy.

 Joyful While Recognizing Your Situation

You can choose to smile and sneak a couple kisses and hugs to the kids and husband you constantly care for.

You can choose to remember you are not in control of your life.

Your life or a loved one’s life could end any day any minute.

You don’t have to pretend that the things going on in your life that quite frankly suck, aren’t there. Recognize the situation but choose the good. Life is a rollercoaster of really great moments and really challenging situations.

Would you believe that you are part of something greater? 

The pain you are feeling is truly part of an incredible story that is written with you in mind.

This is true because of Jesus coming here to pay the price of our sins.

If you are filled with too much heaviness to not even understand your choice you can give those burdens to God.

He’s waiting to lift you up.

You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your word. Psalm 119:114

You won’t find what you are searching for on your own strength.

But each day you can choose to change your attitude.

All those that come into your path you have the strength and power to not let them destroy or rob you of your JOY.

How do you choose joy? You start by being thankful for even the smallest things in your life.

Each day think of five things that are good in your life.

If you can’t think of 5, I have five for you.

  1. Fresh clean water, at your fingertips.

  2. An overwhelming amount of choices of food at the grocery store.

  3. Freedom to choose what you will do today.

  4. Freedom to express yourself on social media.

  5. The chance to go for a walk and take in the natural beauty that surrounds you.

  6. You can walk into a place of worship and openly open your arms and sing to the one who first loved and always will love you.

Ok so that was six. Once you pause and take a minute to reflect I think you may just find more than 5 too. If you can’t think smaller.

I hope you are reminded and inspired to allow today to be the best day. And stay on  guard when you are seeking the best day because the devil will be right there saying  “Oh yeah well what about this and that?”

Remember if you have kids that example you are setting. I know for me when I see my kids starting to give me attitude it’s a reflection of what I have been showing them.

It is truly outstanding what happens when you decide- “Today is going to be a good day” as soon as you open your beautifully created eyes.

 You can take a stand and fight back and find joy in even the darkest days.

 

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11 thoughts on “How to Be Joyful While Recognizing Your Situation

  1. Great post! I recently underwent several situations where I needed to focus extra hard to find joy. The weight of all the things going on (bad job, the death of one of my best friends), had triggered my bipolar to throw me into a dark pit of depression. It was hard not to feel guilt when I did find joy, thinking that I was somehow doing my friend a disservice by feeling it.

    Especially with my depression, I have learned gratitude and joy lists are incredibly important. I feel as if all too often, we forget joy and happiness are not one and the same, therefore when we don’t feel happiness, we feel we are lacking joy. But joy isn’t an emotion. So even in our pain, when we can recognize the things that bring us joy, we can find a way to carry through.

    1. I lost my best friend three years ago- he was murdered. It is a very slow process to get through. His death woke me up to how incredibly blessed we are and how short life can be. I too have gone through depression and then feeling guilt for such a joy to my life while others near me were still suffering. That is so true we may not be at our happiest but we can still feel joy.

  2. I had an interesting conversation on joy with somebody awhile back. He commented that joy as it’s usually defined (exuberant, energetic, etc.) is exhausting. As an introvert, I have to agree with him. After thinking about it for a little bit, I realized that joy – to me – is a state of preparation for happiness. It’s looking for the good to be grateful for instead of focusing on the negativity around me. And of course, it is most definitely sneaking a few kisses to my daughter (literally! The child slaps at my face if she realizes it’s coming) and husband because I realize how much I have to be grateful there. 🙂

    1. I love that preparation for happiness.Thanks so much for sharing the conversation you had about joy. Looking for the good is certainly the best way to move forward in life!

    1. It is something many of us forget for sure. The 5 daily things you are thankful for is pretty simple but powerful! Thanks for stopping by.

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