Restoring Joy & Peace
I’ve realized something about myself recently. Sometimes we can be in such a long season of pain that we allow it to steal our joy. It’s not that we aren’t blessed, but in our hearts we’re just more bummed. Especially if we have something physically or emotionally draining us for so long. That something begins to define us and pretty much blind us from seeing life’s blessings.
I woke up this morning with several of the same aches, pains, and worries as I’ve had for two and half years. However, I woke up with a slightly different attitude. I’m trying my best to make sure I don’t let satan keep stealing my joy and peace along with everything else. So I did what I used to do a whole lot more often in the past. I pulled out a piece of paper and just began to list out my blessings one by one.
It didn’t take long for the page to be full of things I’m truly thankful to God for in my life. This is so critical to maintaining God’s peace in my life. Life will always have pain and unforeseen trials. However, there are always things to smile about and celebrate. Therefore, don’t let satan keep you consumed with the tough stuff that you totally forget about all the good stuff. Scripture tells us that its the combo of giving God the hard stuff mixed with thanking Him for the good stuff that will give us peace.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” (Philippians 4:6-7)