Choosing Joy

I have an app in my phone called Echo. It is a prayer app where I can record people I’m praying for. My list keeps growing. There are so many hurting people! Illnesses and disease, setbacks and struggles, parents praying for children, children praying for parents, friends praying for friends, lonely people, hurt people. Sometimes, these needs overwhelm me with feelings of helplessness and sadness.

Maybe you feel the same way. Maybe you are struggling with something in your life that makes you feel like you’re drowning. Or like you live in a deep, dark cave. And you feel like you can’t catch your breath, or you fear that you’ll never see the light of day.

The words in my Savor devotional are really helping me these past few days. {I’ve talked about Savor before here, but related to food in this post.} Yesterday Shauna wrote about choosing joy when I was having a really down morning. I loved these lines: It’s rebellious, in a way, to choose joy, to dance, to love your life. It’s much easier and much more common to be miserable.

And then today, she got even closer to the mark with these words: I don’t know where you are these days, what’s broken down and what’s beautiful in your life this season. I don’t know if this is a season of sweetness or one of sadness. But I’m learning that neither lasts forever. … Anything can happen in a year. Broken down, shattered things can be repaired in a year. Hope can grow in a year, after a few seasons of lying dormant.

Those words give me hope. My friends’ prayers give me hope. Scripture gives me hope.

If you are in a sweet season, that’s wonderful! Cherish it! Because it might not be sweet forever. But if you, like me, are in a wintery season, then do as Shauna suggests: practice believing in springtime. It always, always comes, even though on days like today it’s nearly impossible to imagine.

A friend of mine who is walking a similar road shared a song with me today that will be my new theme song for this season. I hope it brings you hope as it did me.

About Sheila @ Making the Most of Every Day

I’m a wife, mom, and a homeschool teacher. I’m always behind on housework and paper pile sorting. I’m fond of this crazy life but not of melted cheese. I want to follow hard after God, making each day really count. I like to run, read, cook (and eat!). Thanks for joining along on my journey!

8 thoughts on “Choosing Joy

  1. This reminds me of a teaching we heard when I brought my grade 12s to visit a mosque. It was how there’s always ups and downs in life and the importance is recognizing where you are and either enjoying it or knowing that things will get better.

  2. Yep, I’m in a difficult season. It feels like so many really hard things are happening at once. I want to thank you again for the “Savor” devotional – I’m really enjoying it. And I was also inspired by her words the last few days.

  3. Thanks for this post, Sheila. When I start to get discouraged – I try to remind myself how fortunate I am – and all of the things I am thankful for. When the chaplain came in when my dad was dying – I asked him to read Psalm 150 – he thought I was crazy – and he would not read it. But I believe in all things we need to Praise God – and thank him for his never-ending love and care for us – we have so much to be joyful for.

  4. I love this post and can relate to it so much right now. There’s so much terrible and sometimes (all the time) we need to be as intentional as possible about seeking and finding the joy that’s there.
    Thank you for the reminder.

    Simply Shaunacey

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