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Christmas time. It’s a season of wide-eyed wonder. A season where our hearts come alive with the promise of a King. It’s a season of joy, laughter and hope fulfilled.
But what if the joy that is supposed to come with this season isn’t residing in your own heart? Don’t get me wrong, I know that the joy found in Christ is not the temporary boost of energy I receive from having a good day. It’s not the “feel good” feelings I get when I am encouraged by a loved one, or when my children give me hugs. Rather, it’s the deep and abiding stream of God’s presence which resides in every believer. It’s attainable to all.
But some days joy feels so unattainable.
I have to be careful. I am prone to depression, especially around the holidays when finances (or the lack thereof) make it very difficult for me to live up to the giving nature that I was born with, even when being frugal. The ever-growing pile of bills and the shortfall every month eat away at you.
And then there’s the spats with the husband, or argumentative children. The uncontrollable clutter and the lack of energy to conquer the mountains of laundry. The days where you beat yourself up because you missed the mark, failed to homeschool effectively or felt anything but joyful.
In this season I find myself reaching for joy. I can almost lay hold of it. It’s easy to say I will set aside my pain, my problems, my circumstances and embrace the joy of the season. It’s easier said than done.
When I turn my heart towards gratitude, joy enters my heart. #fmfparty Click To Tweet
“Joy to the word, the Lord is come. Let earth receive her King.”
Life is good. Not perfect. But it is good. I am loved. I have a roof over my head. My children are healthy. I love my job. I have beautiful women in my life to uplift and encourage me. God is on my side.
I’m choosing to focus on what is good in my life knowing that when I turn my heart towards gratitude, all of the stuff that is fighting to steal my joy will have to bow down to the King of my heart.
How about you? Are you fighting to stay in a place of joy in this season? How can I pray for you?
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