Keeping my eyes open to understanding the blessings that abound in my life is a key element to staying joyful. Every day I have the opportunity to either rejoice or complain. Joy is still possible even when the things around me are negative, sad or evil.
For example, when someone that I work with leaves the job for any reason I feel sad that they are leaving. But I should also feel blessed and happy that I got to know them while they were there and try to stay in touch with them. The missing co-worker saddens me but I need to focus on the relationship.
This week I visited my doctor because of a pain in my foot and ankle. I wasn’t happy that I had to go there. And I was not happy that there wasn’t much that could be done. But I am joyful that God has directed me to a doctor and staff that cares and will do all they can to help me through the pain.
I have had some challenges, blessings and trouble all together at one time this week. The good news is that I looked up to God and asked for strength to make it though and He helped me. I am sure that every day will bring more challenges but I am resolved to get my help from God.
Psalm 121 (NKJV)
I will lift up my eyes to the hills—
From whence comes my help?
My help comes from the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth.
He will not allow your foot to be moved;
He who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, He who keeps Israel
Shall neither slumber nor sleep.
The Lord is your keeper;
The Lord is your shade at your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day,
Nor the moon by night.
The Lord shall preserve you from all evil;
He shall preserve your soul.
The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in
From this time forth, and even forevermore.
Enjoy your week I will be back next week with more.