A Crushed Spirit

A cheerful heart is good medicine,
but a crushed spirit dries up the bones….(Proverbs 17:22).
 
For the past few days, I have been struggling with a negative attitude. It is true as the proverb says that a crushed spirit dries up the bones. As my spirit writhed in negativity, my countenance died with it. We cannot stand very tall for God when we are bowing to negative thinking. We will never see the goodness of God if all we can see is bad things in life and trust me, it doesn’t take long to find something bad to dwell on.
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Truly, joy has nothing to do with where we are, what we are doing or how we’re doing it. Joy is a choice. A conscious decision to find God in the mundane. A willing choice to see His hand in light of circumstances we’d much rather not be walking through.
 
Joy is a person. Truly, joy is found in Jesus. As we look to Him, we will never be disappointed. As we surrender our wills, thoughts, and emotions to His Lordship we find a peace that surpasses all understanding. We find joy for the journey because we embrace Him. Our hearts become of good cheer because the love of God fills them through faith.
 
Don’t you see, the goal of life isn’t to have that job, reach that status or save up enough money to buy that thing. It is to receive joy and share it with others. When I share Christ with someone I give them an opportunity to receive joy. To embrace the person of Jesus Christ so that they too can be of good cheer!
 
To get out of my funk, I made a decision to quote Scripture into my heart and mind and to receive the joy of Jesus. As I did this, it felt as though my mind was lifted from darkness and freed into a spacious place of peace and victory. Beloved, God has joy and freedom for you today too, won’t you embrace it as yours through faith?
 
Abba, daddy, you do all things good for me. Truly, I can trust you. I can rest in your joy because you are life and peace. I can be found in your love because your heart is safe. Jesus, I pray that my life would be a light for others to see your love. Let it be so, I pray, in Jesus name, Amen.

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