Daily Delight

Thursday, July 14, 2016

The bad day ended and I could go home. I wandered away from the situation that had made up my day and instead of wandering up to the bus stop, I told myself to walk part of the way home.

I knew it was time to approach the throne. It was time to appeal to my God and ask Him for His aide.

And I knew that I could not just pray about myself.

I had to acknowledge God as God.

I walked and prayed and affirmed the characteristics of God. I let myself hop on the bus when my heart shifted from frustration to joy. I also knew why the shift had happened.

When I sit in a situation and let it wash over me, I forget about the Lord. I forget about letting Him be in charge and I lean on myself. Most definitely, I lose my joy.

If I find myself without joy, I can ask myself when I last approached God. I can do a little self-check to see if He seems far or close.

Joy is a fruit of His Spirit, so if I'm not experiencing joy, it's a safe assumption - at least I think that it is - that I may have wandered away from God.

My joy came back as I remembered more and more who God is.

I love Psalm 145 because it beautifully lists out various attributes of God.

If you're in a funk like I was, might I suggest a quick read through Psalm 145. Remind yourself of who God is. Remind yourself that He is kind in all His works. Be at ease as you recall that He is the Lord and you are His child (if in fact you believe that Jesus is Lord of all). I quickly and often say "choose joy". It's something I believe in. But here's the thing:

Joy isn't found in situations. Joy isn't lost by situations. Situations can aide joy to come more naturally or less naturally but joy is not based on situations.

Joy can be lost when our eyes wander away from the throne of God onto other things. And it truly is only ever going to be found by worshiping the Lord with gladness.

So shift your eyes back to Jesus, the author and perfecter of your faith. 

{photo: @missy_e}

About the Author

Nadine Schroeder≫≫Nadine is a noticer of the many small beauties in the everyday and seeks to be a relentless cheerleader of others. She believes strongly that the Gospel is applicable everyday and that the good life is now. She can be found with a black coffee in hand, eyes watching the ever changing colour of the sky, with a new idea about to be shared on Instagram (@nadinewouldsay) or on her blog http://nadinewoudlsay.com . She lives on the west coast of Canada but while hanging out with us she’ll be moving cross country to Montreal.


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