Today, someone asked me what advice I would give to a woman who could not find anything to make her happy (I think the question may have been hypothetical).
My response was to first and foremost, seek a counselor if need be. With that stated, there is also something we can do if we find ourselves with little joy.
I continued my response with these words:
Also, no matter how you feel, speak what God said concerning you, that “He gives me beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.”
Say words like, “Weeping may indoor for night but joy comes in the morning.”
Say that “I am you endued with power from on high.”
Say, “He has given me ALL things that pertain to life and Godliness.”
Confess that “The joy of the Lord is my strength.”
And add some emotion when you say these things, as though you are a strong coach who is coaching YOURSELF!
Don’t do it just once. Do it over and over for as long as it takes.
There are so many more scriptures regarding what He has said to us that we should say speak into our situations to our feelings and emotions. We are not how we feel, we are more than that. We are His beloved. We have power over our feelings and emotions, and we need to speak out with our voice. Sound waves are some of the smallest particles of matter. They have an invisible ripple effect that changes circumstances. If we have a mouth we are to speak into the atmosphere to change how we feel and what we believe in our own heart. And regardless of how we feel at a particular moment or during any particular day, the more we speak the more we sense the victory.
God’s word is miraculous in that it is creative and it changes us, but we must speak it, we must wash ourselves with it, we must speak it into our situations—even in spite of how we feel. It takes faith to do this when you have no joy or no feelings of hope at the time you choose to speak, but take courage! He is faithful. If you want to see Him high and lifted up in your heart—and we know He is the word—lift up God’s word, and it will change you.
The second thing I would say is to focus on serving others and don’t think so hard about how you think or how you feel. God tells us to be simple minded, and even simple concerning evil, that includes the evil thoughts that might come our way that tell us “You have no joy,” and “You are in a bad place,” etc. These are lies from the enemy that will affect our mood and overall outlook if we adhere to them or meditate on them. We are to stay simple concerning evil—not overthink and not stay stuck thinking about how we “feel.” Instead, speak His word AND THEN get about the business of serving others. See the benefit in helping others. You can serve in very small ways even with those you live with.
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