"Has something taken the sparkle out of your worship? Whatever it is that is stealing your joy and sucking the life out of your worship must be removed!"(Charles Swindoll)
Do you ever feel physically dislocated and wonder what happened to your “spiritual high”? I have certainly had a lot of change and challenge in my home environment this past year, and when I am confused and begin to lose my patience with the elements and events going on in my life, I can emotionally and physically feel my joy and happiness being sucked out of my body! It’s so often hard to pinpoint what is stealing my joy, but I know there is only one thing that will help… and that’s trusting God. In fact, if trusting God is what I was doing in the first place, I wouldn’t have lost my joy! And I am pretty sure this happened because I tried to take my worries and anxieties into my own hands instead of letting Him take care of them and not worrying about the outcome. These distractions have led me into days of spiritual lows and I question what in the world happened to my calm and organized life style! However, none of us can avoid occasional chaos and confusion in our lives, but if we fix our thoughts on God, we can know perfect peace even in turmoil. We can choose to be joyful in the Lord, or we can choose to be discouraged, angry, or frustrated in the situation!
“May you be strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy.” (Colossians 1:11-ESV)
There were occasional days when I just missed the sparkle in my life and my joy in the Lord, and when I quit relying on my own self-sufficiency and gave it to Him, He directed me to take control of my life back, and open my eyes to the new day, feeling positively joyful. :) When circumstances begin to get out of control, I needed to find a way to change the scenery, calm my mind, and surround myself with God’s love and mighty power. As I listened deeply to His kind and uplifting words of peace and joy, I became stronger and more capable of replacing every negative worry with multiple positive actions. Anytime we feel that our backs are up against a wall, we need to find a way to get through that wall and jump joyfully and enthusiastically into life, knowing that we can handle whatever may come our way. Even though at some points in our lives we allow sinful pride to lead us to go our own way, God will always pull us through every situation when we depend on Him alone to save and protect us.
“Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, you righteous ones, and shout for joy, all you who are upright in heart.”
Linking up with Tracy today on Winsome Wednesday :)