Consider it Joy

James 1: 2 – 3 says, “Count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.”

Joy is mentioned 97 times in the Old Testament. In the entire Bible joy is mentioned 158 times.

  • …with joy
  • …with great joy
  • …there was joy
  • …shout for joy
  • …fullness of joy
  • …have joy

What is this joy that we should shout for it, have it, and count it joy when we go through trials?

Definition

Dictionary.com defines Joy as “the emotion of great delight or happiness caused by something exceptionally good or satisfying; keen pleasure; elation:”

I do believe that joy is much more than a human emotion.

The origin of this word Joy is from the word “rejoice.” In looking up rejoice in the same dictionary; it’s a verb that means “to be glad or take delight in”

Biblical definition

When we look up these two words in a biblical dictionary you get a different meaning than just the superficial emotion of great delight and taking delight in.

On Theopedia, “Joy is a state of mind and an orientation of the heart.” It goes on to say that joy is a product of Christlikeness. If we aren’t studying God’s word and following after Christ, how will we ever have Joy?

When we are following God’s way of life and yet we still don’t have joy in our own life, then we need to change our thinking. We need to see the blessings from God in our lives every day, because He gives us blessings every day. Those blessings should be changing our hearts and helping us to have joy in our heart.

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Asking God to give us joy and peace is a good idea, it will help us see the areas that God has blessed us. When we consider it joy to go through a trial or difficulty in life, it means that we are building faith and hope in knowing that God will help us to see what we are doing wrong and help us change. It means we will be stronger in the end and we’ll be able to teach others by our example.

Consider it joy when we fall because God is there just waiting to catch us.

Wishing you wellness for a new day!

 

 

 

UNEXPECTED BREAKS

My last blog post was on the 13th of January and here it is February 2nd. I felt I needed to take some time and work on  one of my challenges for the month of January. This unexpected break has helped to work on the emotional struggles I’ve been going through these last 10 months. I’m not saying that these struggles won’t rear their ugly heads yet again in my life, but now I know how to deal with them when they do.

Attitude

I’ve learned so much through this whole ordeal that I thought I would share a bit of  it here with you. If I sound like a broken record, please forgive me, I learn by repetition.

  • I can’t change the way people in my life behave but I can remove myself from situations where their anger and put-downs don’t harm my well-being.
  • Perception changes when we change.
  • We all change, no one stays the same. If we aren’t changing and growing, then we’re dying. There is no in between. Living a life in limbo is not living.
  • Therapy helps us grow, sometimes we get the feeling like we don’t fit in anymore, that’s because we’re growing beyond the group.
  • The more I tried to make peace with people who want nothing to do with peace, the more frustrated I became. You can’t make peace with people who don’t want peace. You also can’t make peace with people who only want peace on their own terms.
  • Letting go is an ongoing process; it’s not a one time deal. It’s a daily action that takes diligence,  courage, and faith (so much faith!)
  • Separating yourself from the people causing discord in your life, is sometimes the only way to heal.
  • It takes courage to stand up for yourself, the reward is a healed life.
  • Going through this struggle has made me see some traits in myself that I needed to correct, so I don’t repeat the cycle.
  • Going to God has been my best refuge and shelter. To hide away in God’s word has helped me to see that I’m not the only one who has ever gone through this kind of struggle.
  • There is no problem that is ever too big for God to handle, as long as I don’t keep taking the problem back after I’ve given it to him.
  • PATIENCE! Waiting on God and letting Him work everything out on His timetable takes a whole lot of PATIENCE!

Yes, this was an unexpected break but one that I desperately needed to recharge my batteries, and give me a change in perspective. No longer am I trapped in wrong thinking, but my mind is renewed  through the words of God that have helped cleanse me from the ill feelings that precipitated the emotional struggle that was holding me back for so many months.

Thank you dear my readers and followers for your loyalty, your patience, your love, and your encouragement during my time away.

MAKING PEACE

Before I left on vacation, I asked this question on my Facebook page, “How do you make peace with someone who doesn’t want peace?” The responses were pretty much the same, and one resounding spirit became evident. “You cannot make peace with someone who doesn’t want peace.”

Being a peacemaker means we are to bring peace that resides within us to every situations we find ourselves. If we don’t have peace inside us then we cannot be a peacemaker. A peacemaker sometimes gives other people what they want. If what they want is within our reach.  For instance, if people don’t want contact with us, we don’t contact them. If they want us out of their lives, we oblige and give them exactly what they want. We also have relationships with them based on what they can handle at the present moment. A peacemaker does not overstep their boundaries in relationships. By walking away quietly, we bring peace to their lives and to our own.

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Peacemakers are also conscience of the atmosphere around them, whether it’s in their families, their workplace, or their circle of friends. When you are filled with peace you find ways to help others, you don’t thrive on chaos of he said/she said, and you are looking to God to help you bring peace where ever you may go. In this hate filled world where people thrive on conflict, name calling, and chaos, the peacemaker usually stands alone.

Conflict is constant in this world and a peacemaker needs to understand that. It’s difficult to make peace with someone who is embroiled in the conflict and the acts of hurting. But keep your chin up and your eyes looking up because “Blessed are the peacemakers! For they shall be called the sons of God.”