Oh how I can stress… worry, fret and think on things round and round. Seems some parts of the month are easy and joyful while others are harder and way more exhausting. Hormones?
“When my anxious thoughts multiply within me, Your comforts delight me.” Psalm 94:19
God IS wonderful, Jesus IS awesome, and life IS full of His grace & redemption… but hard situations can present and don’t resolve quickly. Sin brings pain to everyone! Our enemy comes to kill and destroy. How do we hold on to JOY through the wrestling and waiting?
I ASK FOR IT – Today, tomorrow and the next. Then I seek out things that are: true, honorable, worthy of respect, right, confirmed by God’s word, pure, wholesome, lovely, bringing peace, admirable, of good repute; anything of excellence, anything worthy of praise! Philippians 4:8
It takes effort. I must continually think on such things (center my mind on them, implant them in my heart). There goes most of Netflix! Repetition breeds habit. What is fed will grow. Setting my mind on the things above seems to lesson all the heaviness of life on earth. It doesn’t erase it, but hope comes easier. I can breathe.
God will always show us the way when we ask. I find I really have to seek for it. Choose it – like a purpose of focus IF I truly want His JOY today. That’s when He will delight me out of anxiety.