Misery vs. Joy

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So often in today’s society we feel we have to keep up with “The Jones.”

Who made that up?? What does that even mean? Seriously, why do I have to keep up with them? Maybe I don’t want their life. What if they are miserable? I don’t want to be miserable.

Proverbs 15:15-16:
A miserable heart means a miserable life; a cheerful heart fills the day with song. 16 A simple life in the Fear-of-God is better than a rich life with a ton of headaches.

We speak misery into ourselves when we say, “I will never get ahead in life, I will never get a good job,” etc… see where I’m going with this? We need to speak favor on ourselves: I WILL get that job, I WILL make a better life for myself, etc.

God does not want us to be miserable. He wants us to be joyful in our spirit.

Galatians 5:22-23:

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against things like this.”

The Good News: Joy is among the most unmistakable marks of a faithful heart.

WE make the choice of how we live our life. God can guide us in the right direction but ultimately it is our choice.

We all have those moments that we say, I am miserable, I’m having a hard time dealing with life right now… we want to curl up in the fetal position and go to sleep until things work out.

Deuteronomy 31:6
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you.”

The Good News: Keep going, no matter what other people say. Your one true companion throughout life is God and He will never abandon you.

I hope this has encouraged someone today that no matter how bad you think things are, God is always on your side.

Have a blessed day.

Remember never let your cup become empty…☕️

Lou Ann Virden is the author of the blog Farmhouse, Coffee and Jesus. She is very active in her church. She volunteers in the food pantry, usher/greeter team, and cleaning crew. She is on the prayer team, is over the sound room team, and she writes the newsletter for her church. Lou Ann and her husband Donnie will be relaunching The Refuge 180 Evangelism Ministry. They have been married for over 40 years. They live on her husband’s family farm with their dog Hunter. In the summer they are busy canning what they harvest from their garden. Her hobbies include going to the beach, reading, camping, and serving however she can. She hopes that her blogs inspires someone that might be dealing with a similar situation.

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