Day 21: Letting Go and Being Joyful

Well, I just got back from an awesome girls’ weekend in Hot Springs, AR and I am feeling refreshed and relaxed. It was a much appreciated break from responsibilities and all-nighters and potty training. Normally, I’d be having anxiety over getting the best pictures and posting on twitter, instagram, Facebook, etc but my phone died the first night and I just decided to kind of turn it all off for the most part and take a break from everything. It was really nice. And of course, seeing my amazing friends was just the icing on the perfect weekend cake.

I’m having a “what am I writing about again???” moment. Ha!

Honestly, I’ve been thinking of all the things I need to let go of, things I have written about and things I haven’t written about… some things I’ve done a great job of letting go of, and some have been tougher.

The thing is, every day it is a choice to let go. I have to choose that today I will let go of my tendency towards things like insecurity, anger, selfishness, and many more things that steal my joy..

Wait a minute- that’s just it.

I have to let go of things that are stealing my joy. Or better yet, I have to stop letting things and people and circumstances steal my joy.

I personally believe that joy is a beautiful gift from God. He made us to be joyful, to celebrate and rejoice. God wants for us to have great joy no matter what our circumstances are. He wants us to cling to Him in the great and the terrible days, in the easy times and the hard times. He wants us to be joyful in Him. To fix our eyes on Him so that we can see PAST our trials and our bad days. Because seeing past those days and fixing our eyes on the Light at the end of the tunnel will help us to keep our joy despite everything going on around us.

I started looking up verses on joy and found some that I’m going to write around my house to be a constant reminder that joy comes from God, not from anything else. I’m tired of letting everything else (including myself) stealing my joy.

“The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.”  -Psalm 28:6-8

“You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing. You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy.”   -Psalm 30:11

“Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.”             -Psalm 51:11-13

There are so many more that you can look at and be encouraged and restored with.

Joy is an everyday decision. I have to choose to remain joyful in spite of everything else,  but mostly in spite of myself.

This is my 16th post in the series of Letting Go. You can start at the beginning here.

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2 thoughts on “Day 21: Letting Go and Being Joyful

  1. Ok When I read this letting go series I hear in my head what you tell Rory when she’s upset…”ok, you have a choice to be happy or”….Wouldn’t we like someone to repeat that to us during the day when something doesn’t work or go right! I think that’s a great approach in teaching your children to be joyful and not sweat the small stuff.

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