You know, one of those days when you feel over-whelmed and scared. Your body feels the weight of your responsibilities on your shoulders. Your mind starts to wander down the path of worry and uncertainty. Your spirit gets cloudy with doubt and hopelessness. Basically…you are not good.
Well, that was my day, or should I say part of my day.
For the past few months, I have been trying very hard to protect my joy like a rare precious stone. I would remind myself that I own my joy and I control it. I can let situations or people steal it from me. But ultimately the choice is mine. And I have found myself in past circumstances where my joy could have been gone like a thief in the night. But, I realized that I had to change at the very moment, and so I did.
And so today, I did it again. I changed.
I stopped and realized that all of those feelings of being over-whelmed, scared, worried, doubtful, hopeless…they all were robbing me blind! No amount of energy I am putting into those feelings is going to change my situation. They are not going to help bring peace in my home or love in my marriage or wisdom in raising my son. I decided right then and there that I wanted joy and I wanted it now!!
So on this Thankful Thursday…I am thankful for my joy. I am thankful that I can stop “one of those days” and turn it into a blessed day of peace in my home, love in my marriage and laughter with my son.
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Oh yes praise and thanksgiving is the place to start. I remember when I had a thyroid problem and I was so emotionally drained and discouraged. I kept repeating Philippians 4 and claiming the peace beyond understanding! :^) patsy
praise God! thanks for sharing your reflection. a very helpful reminder.
Hi! Dropping over from ‘Heartprint Hallelujahs”. I can relate to your struggles in this blog, but also know, like you said, we can’t let people or situations steal our joy! I’ve been in a bit of a rut lately and wrote about it in my blog post. I think we all go through those moments.
Ann @ http://christintheclouds.blogspot.com/