Hallo Blog Family it’s been a crazy while and I will not bore you with extra details like for instance Lockdown days in Uganda are winding down but we not certain what the President thinks in fact we are clueless hence the numerous rumours running around.
Today i decided to tackle a topic we can definitely all relate with maybe it’s in correlation with the season we are in.
With what’s happening in different countries all around us it’s easy to be in a place of a “Lack of Joy.”
Yes it’s quite easy to be in that place in fact you don’t have to look further to know it to be true.
If Joy was truly one that could be acquired anywhere would you opt to ever be sad?
I definitely can’t lie it’s been quite a trying season and have had my share of days where I have lacked the Joy.
Thou honestly no one likes to be sad it’s why we are in a constant state of people trying at creating Joy.
Do what makes you happy. They say!
Self care is a new prescription.
Work at what you love. They shout!
Stay away from toxicity. They telling!
I understand we all just trying at this life thing and anything to make you happy.
We all know when you really really sad none of the things above truly give a sense of joy, they could make you happy for a little while but Joy?
Have you experienced Joy, that feeling that’s determined by nothing around you not that your insensitive but that you know that you know it can’t take away what you feeling.
I have had days where Iam convinced nothing and I mean nothing can stop that light feeling in my heart. I would describe it as height, difference is its not gotten from anything exterior.
I have admitted to their being seasons and times when you lack joy we have to get some things clear first thou.
Joy is not an emotion but it can lead to some emotions like happiness, gratefulness etc.
Truth is our feelings are as changeable as the signs in the skies.
They are affected by all sorts of reasons like physical health, death, weariness etc.
Have you felt a lack of Joy lately or remember a time when you lacked Joy?
Good! It is important to be largely aware of your emotions contrary to what we hear today.
It serves to be aware of where your at but not to be controlled by what you feel.
When it’s up to choice it will always lie with you.
No one can lift your hand to slap another across the cheek you made a choice to lift that hand.
When you lose your temper, When your impatient. These are choices you have chosen to make.
Interestingly not many people are in control of their emotions because they are not aware of them.
Perhaps it’s not safe enough for you to be vulnerable or your afraid of being overwhelmed by emotion but ignoring how you feel doesn’t take it away it seeps into your body and your body will act out it doesn’t lie.
Body, Spirit, Soul are all closely related ,one suffers they all suffer.
Do not be angry at yourself for feeling so strongly ..Sounds cliche but Jesus did Cry.
Tears are a natural.
I like to say or rather think you can be sad but don’t be sad forever.
Joy without happiness is not joy but neither would Joy be Joy if one had to always be happy.
Joy is a state of being in which one is lively, energetic, confident and positive minded.
No one continually feels joy all the time but it is possible to be joyful more often than not when we continually encircle ourselves in Christ.
Iam a believer and as Christians we do highly believe Joy to be a fruit of the Spirit, why I mentioned earlier that it can’t be gotten by what’s exterior.
This is the part where I say Raise your hand (in this case comment ) if at any one point in your life you wondered why some Christians just seem to be filled with joy all the time even when their circumstances according to you are nothing to be excited about.
There goes your answer, when encircled in Christ you can triumph through hardships and pain.
Admist the season when you lack Joy there is always a reason why.
To be aware enables you to handle it consciously.
If you are a believer you can check your communion with God.
We are in times where years are crowded into months and months into weeks.
The rush may cause us to forget to be still before God.
For some its also a time of testing you may have to cling to God as Job did , sometimes it’s a dark night but it’s not the absence of God ,hold on a little longer.
Sometimes you are burned out, we all giving of ourselves one way or the other and it’s imperative to take a rest and be grateful.
Worry will break the soul as much as sin does.
Tough but true. Sometimes the Worry is a driving force in your lack of Joy .
‘What a privilege it is to carry everything to God in Prayer’
Anyone know this hymn it made most sense when I grew up.
Philippians 4:6-7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Truth is we cannot produce our own joy, it is a fruit of the Spirit that grows on a healthy tree we can only keep digging our roots in the richness of who God truly is.
So have you lacked Joy of late it’s alright it’s not of permanent state.
Joy is the infallible sign of the presence of God
~Teilhard De Chardin~
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