Are You Cultivating Joy Killers?!

Lauren Compton Encouragement, JOY Series 4 Comments

I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy
Down in my heart,
Down in my heart to stay.

But do we? If we’re honest, all too often we don’t feel joyful. Instead we’re bogged down with cares, worries, or even complaints. Or at least I know I am!

If we find ourselves in a spot where everything seems miserable, maybe it’s time for a perspective shift! 🙂 Rather than focusing on our failures and everything we haven’t gotten done, it’s time to be grateful for the victories God has given us. And the triumphs we have had.

What are the things you have accomplished? How many “little” blessings in life are you not noticing?

Sometimes the real issue is our outlook!

We all have a choice. We can choose to focus on the negatives. Or we can choose to rejoice in God’s goodness:

  • the pages we did get edited
  • time spent with family (reading God’s Word together, playing games, cooking, cleaning . . .)
  • the part of the song we did get arranged
  • the blessing of reading aloud together
  • the beautiful sunrise you only saw because you were woken up early
  • the many opportunities we have today
  • cheery smiles
  • food in abundance

Instead of focusing on what went wrong, what still needs doing, or what we wish could’ve been the case, we need to give thanks. Choose joy!

Maybe we’re so focused on what we failed to do, the time we wasted, and what we wished we hadn’t done, that we fail to see how good we really have it!

It’s so easy to fall into the ungrateful, woe-is-me trap. Next time you find yourself slipping down this road, stop a minute to remember all the things you have to be grateful for. If life seems all horrible, take a step back and praise God for the gifts He gives in abundance!! Praise Him for His mercy and compassion. 🙂

I know I don’t want to spend my days overlooking God’s rich goodness that He pours into my life daily. 😀

Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice. Philippians 4:4

So here’s the challenge! This week choose to focus on God’s perfectness rather than your imperfectness. Note the many gifts God gives you, rather than magnifying the negative happenings. Choose gratitude, contentment, and praise–choose joy!

O give thanks unto the LORD; for He is good: for His mercy endureth for ever. Psalm 136:1

It is of the LORD‘s mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is Thy faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23

What gift have you been reminded of today?

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    The joy of getting your room cleaned up! And I did get some revisions done this morning and received a book on editing in the mail! That point about playing with siblings hit home as I have given up a lot of writing time lately to play with the little ones…and regret nothing! It has made me happier and I feel less guilty when I do get some writing time in! Choose joy!

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      So many things to be thankful for! And managing to have a clean room is certainly something to be glad about!! 😉 I love getting books in the mail!

      Spending time with siblings is certainly a blessing, but it can be hard to step away from other tasks to do it! It is totally worth it in the long run though. Too often I struggle with only viewing doing things that are on my to-do-list as having achieved something. It can be hard to keep things in perspective. 🙂

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    So true! Life is much brighter if we let go of what didn’t happen. And perspective is just as important in life as in a painting. Thanks for the timely encouragement.

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