Monday, July 15, 2013
Fight for joy!
I should've known...
The minute I claimed this blog to be my "journal of joy" was the exact moment that my joy became attacked with thoughts of negativity.
It's been a battle.
A FIGHT for joy.
I thought this was going to be easy, that I was going to wake up each morning with a twinkle in my eye, singing out my window while little blue birds came and landed gently on my extended finger, just like Cinderella. I was going to whistle while I worked like Snow White and then welcome my handsome prince home at the end of the day to our spotless castle filled with happiness and fireworks would light the sky above.
Turns out, joy has nothing to do with fairytales.
Joy is a choice. A decision you make that no matter what is happening around you, whether sparkles or raindrops, you are going to CHOOSE joy!
Joy is a challenge. It's taking every thought captive and setting your mind on things above and not on earthly things. It's being still and knowing the HE alone is GOD and I am not. It's choosing to be content with who you are, no more, no less.
Joy is letting go of expectations. I recently wrote in my journal, "God is giving me permission to just be me, in fact, he's ENCOURAGING it!" This has been HUGE for me recently- that the King of Kings would accept ME- just as I am, just how he's created me to be, that I can be CONTENT being me! I can't tell you how good that feels!
Joy is FREEDOM. God has me living right here: It is for freedom that Christ set us free so do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. Galatians 5:1 This is freedom from fear, from expectations, from legalism, from whatever rules your life other than the Lord. I LOVE this!
Joy is a fight but we are more than conquerors if we love the Lord! So lets take a stand against the enemy who would like nothing better than to rob us of our joy and even if at first it's out of sheer stubbornness that we won't let him win, we are going to stand! And do you know what's going to happen when we walk in freedom and joy?
We are going to leave our children and then our grandchildren a heritage of joy.