Life has been a bit of a struggle lately.
Worry, anxiety, and stress have set up shop on my shoulders.
During a long road trip this weekend my mind even wandered into the past. Mistakes from long ago live there and haunt me. Sigh.
Why do I torture myself??
But, this evening I had an epiphany. It's not an original thought but the words finally made sense.
Worry depletes us. Does not add a minute to our lives. Gives us wrinkles and gray hair.
"Choose Joy"= Happy
"Choose Worry"= Sad
I do believe that I have engaged my mind to be JOYFUL.
It is a choice. One that we all have the freedom to make.
Thank you, Lord!
When my dog wets the carpet I will be joyful.
When my girls are fighting I will be joyful.
When I get a big pimple on my nose I will be joyful. (After make-up is applied, of course!)
I'm so very blessed to be here.
The yucky stuff will happen.
I can't change that.
I want to be here for the good and the bad.
I want to be here for everything.
I will have to pray, frequently.
I will have to cry occasionally.
The Lord will bless us throughout.
He whispered to me tonight to "Choose Joy". The phrase meant nothing to me before. I thought it was just meant for others. The parents with cheerleader daughters and football player sons. The people that don't struggle with health issues or special needs children.
How silly of me. It's meant for all of us and I now see that.
How about you?
Will you choose joy today?
I challenge you.
I dare you to find the joy- in everything.
Encourage others to do the same.
Your heart will be fuller and your stress will be less.
I already feel like I've lost a few pounds.;)