Last night my husband was writing a letter and he was talking about the verse 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18.
Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.
Last night I was laying in bed and I could not fall asleep. This verse just kept running through my head. Actually just the first phrase. Be Joyful Always.
I am having a hard time being joyful right now. My plate is full, my cup is running over, I am bursting at the seams and "with joy" is not the phrase I would use.
I just laid there and prayed and tried to fall asleep. I should have just gotten out of bed to write this post because I couldn't get the words out of my head.
I was struggling with the question, "How do you find joy in the stresses of life?"
I know the answer, the answer is easy. "You find that joy in Christ." So why do I struggle with Joy so much?
I realize even though I know the answer, I often go looking for joy in all the wrong places. Life is full of disappointments and I can't just get stuck on the phrase be joyful always. I won't find that constant joy without praying continually. When the disappointments come, I need to pray about them. I need to find Christ in the center of them.
I have so much to be thankful for and often when I get over the stressful times, I look back and think, "Why was I so worked up over something so silly?"
I am stepping away from the computer for awhile today to spend some time in my Bible, and to spend some time in prayer. I am going to find joy in the day.