Taking Bloggers’ Advice…and My OwnFriday, July 09, 2010
Then, while reading a blogging friend’s post “Opportunities to Trust”, three of her words struck a deep chord within me. My friend, Debbie, said to “make the choice” how to respond to circumstances around us. She was writing about making the choice to trust God in all things, but her words reminded me that our joy is also a choice. I realized that even though I was feeling melancholy, I still knew the Lord was my joy. The problem was, however, that I was not choosing to embrace that joy. The result of that left me feeling tired and drained.
Several months ago, I wrote a post about no one being able to steal my joy, but obviously, I needed a refresher course! God’s Word promises to revive tired and troubled souls, but we have to not only read those words, we need to choose to accept them. “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (Mathew 11:28-29).
So today, I am changing my attitude and am deciding to look at the blessings in my life! I am consciously going to take the focus off of myself and place it where it should be…on God. I am choosing the Lord…I am choosing joy! Thank you, Debbie, for your wonderful reminder that it is a choice! I am already feeling stronger! "The joy of the Lord is your strength" (Nehemiah 8:10).