I Choose Joy

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I’m joining with the #FiveMinuteFriday group of writers to write for five minutes on a one word prompt. This weeks word prompt is: Choose.

Have you ever took an inventory of the amount of choices we have offered to us today? Do we want to drive to the store or do we want to order online? Do we want fries with that burger? Do we want gluten-free, keto, or vegetarian options? How about a caramel macchiato with skim milk? The choices we have can become quite overwhelming putting us into a state of confusion and exhaustion robbing us of joy if we are not careful.

I started living by a slogan that God downloaded into my heart for this year: I choose joy. During the difficult days when I feel anxiety bombarding my mind, I choose to focus on something positive instead of the negative event staring me in the face. I have lived so much of my adult life in a chronic state of anxiety that I decided with God’s help to look at the cup as half full instead of half empty. I am a work in progress but with God’s help, I can heal.

How do you respond to the pressures in your everyday life? Are you losing your joy and peace becoming anxious when you are faced with the insurmountable choices of your day, or are you standing firm in your faith believing God will work out everything for your good?

Romans 8:28 says:

28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

Life will get quite hectic and we need to learn to choose joy over anxiety if we want to live the abundant life God has planned for us. He wants us to be at peace and have joy overflowing.

Nehemia 8:10 says

10 Then he said to them, “Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

As we begin to choose joy, God will strengthen us and carry us through the difficulties we are facing. He is always with us leading us with His still, small voice. All we need to do is quiet ourselves and listen for Him. We can trade our anxiety and fear for joy.

7 thoughts on “I Choose Joy

  1. I’ve found that keeping a gratitude journal helps me choose joy. Just reviewing the day to decide what to write is therapeutic to my soul. Joy really DOES become strength, just as Nehemiah said so many centuries ago!

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  2. I need to trade my anxiety for some joy today! I en”joy”ed your post!! Thank you for that perspective. I have a decision to make that is not causing me joy, but stress, even though I want to do it! What does that mean?!

    ~Beth
    FMF #19

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    1. Sometimes when we feel this way we need to seek God’s guidance and see if it is His will for us. I have felt this way quite a few times and learned that even though I wanted to do something, the stress was not giving me peace. The Holy Spirit will always lead us in the way of peace. I will be praying for you.

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  3. The choices that I have today
    are to move, or be inert,
    for cancer’s gotta have its say,
    and either option’s gonna hurt.
    I can choose to be unwilling,
    choose to rant and choose to rave,
    but either way will come the killing,
    and the only thing I can still save
    is a kind of honour bright,
    that I faced Satan with a smile,
    and did not take his good night,
    but chose to go the extra mile,
    just like Simon did, you see,
    on the road to Calvary.

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