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Finding Joy In Difficult Times

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Are you needing to reclaim Joy in your life? What does the bible say about finding joy in difficult times? Happiness during hard times may be hard but not impossible, especially for Christians.

Is joy just us having a humble perspective of the hard times we walk in?

No one is free from daily stress or from living each day as a challenge. Part of the stress and challenges that we face might be a question of perception — things might not be as difficult as we perceive.

Whatever the source, many of our stresses require our best effort and coping skills. Some of us succeed, and others less so. It is impossible to stay constantly happy each day.

The Bible does have a lot to say about our emotions!

Inevitably, there are downs or even deep feelings of being overwhelmed or having too many problems and losses. However, the stresses that we face, a crisis or danger, can be confronted successfully and our ability to deal with them can improve.

The ability to finding joy in hard times is facilitated by having the correct attitude and knowledge. When we experience a deeper understanding of what joy is and how to get there, we can arrive at the path leading to it both easier and for longer. Having a deeper understanding of joy and the pathway to it means having the right values, habits, and helping behavior in place. When we live solely for ourselves and for immediate pleasures, we become continuously frustrated. – Psychology Today

Fill Yourself Up With Christ

There sits in front of you two glasses of water. Both are full. Imagine one is you and the other is Jesus. In the effort to get more of Jesus inside you, you must empty the first cup of its contents to be able to fill it with the contents of the second cup.

To be completely filled with Jesus in your life you need to empty yourself completely of you and ask Jesus to fill you with Himself. 

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again; Rejoice! Philippians 4:4

This verse was written by Paul. He was not rich with a big house, a nice car, lots of cash, and with no worries. He was in prison and beaten. Can you imagine? He was in PRISON. He was in a hard spot, but still encouraged us to think about good things and to REJOICE! Philippians 4:8



What must we empty from our own desires to be fulfilled in Christ? How are we Finding Joy In Difficult Times?  What are we holding onto that we must let go in order to experience this kind of joy in hardship? 


What Does the Bible Say About Finding Joy In Difficult Times?

For one, joy is commanded all over the Bible. It was commanded of God’s first-covenant people, Israel, perhaps especially in the Psalms.

“Let Israel be glad in his Maker; let the children of Zion rejoice in their King!” (Psalm 149:2).

“Let Jacob rejoice, let Israel be glad” (Psalm 14:7).

“Rejoice in the Lord” (Psalm 97:12).

“Serve the Lord with gladness” (Psalm 100:2).

“Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in heart!” (Psalm 32:11).

With literally hundreds more instances throughout the Old Testament.

In the New Testament, God himself, in full manhood, doesn’t change his tune once he’s become the “man of sorrows” in our fallen world (Isaiah 53:3), but commands our joy as much as anyone, and gives us even more reason to rejoice.

“Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven” (Matthew 5:12). “Leap for joy” (Luke 6:23).

“Rejoice that your names are written in heaven” (Luke 10:20).

Yes, joy is possible, joy so real and rich that we turn to friends and neighbors and say, “Rejoice with me” (Luke 15:6, 9).

If it weren’t plain enough at this point, the apostle Paul drives it home further in his letters to the churches.

“Rejoice in hope. . . . Rejoice with those who rejoice” (Romans 12:12, 15).

“Finally, brothers, rejoice” (2 Corinthians 13:11).

“Rejoice always” (1 Thessalonians 5:16). And then, the joy tidal wave of Philippians:

“Be glad and rejoice with me” (Philippians 2:18).

“Rejoice in the Lord” (Philippians 3:1).

“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice” (Philippians 4:4).

Not that we’re dull to the multifaceted pains of life in this age, but in Christ we have access to subterranean joy that is simultaneous with, and deeper than, the greatest of our sorrows — we are “sorrowful, yet always rejoicing” (2 Corinthians 6:10). – Desiring God

How Do I Reclaim My Joy

Finding Joy in hard times means Joy needs to be embraced on a daily basis, so when you set your intention, be sure to follow through. Protect your thoughts, because your thoughts lead your emotions.

Do you need help in Overcoming Negative Thoughts? Grab my workbook on Overcoming Negative Thoughts.

Who is in your circle of friends? Don’t let others influence you or talk you into what they think is the correct path. Following closely to what God calls you to do and be in His word.

Letting Go and Letting God

Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”

 

3 Ways to Finding Joy In Difficult Times

 
#1 Trust God
 
Two words. Sounds super simple, right? But so hard sometimes. Not living off our feelings and emotions, but submitting ALL our ways, plans, relationships, and stuff that we fill our cups up with to God. Trusting God will everything in us!
 
God has given you a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7
Trusting God that He is enough for us and He will take care of us while we wait for Him to move. Trusting Him to use the evil for good. Trusting God that He will do everything the Bible tells us He will do. 
 
Even in the darkest of moments we can have joy, because we aren’t to ignore our pain and desires but we are to hand them over and submit them to our Heavenly Father. 
 
We are happiest when we are in His perfect will for our lives. This doesn’t mean everything will be okay and happy for us, we all will walk through hardship, but we have the Price of Peace walking with us and He is our treasure during all this pain.
 
God is our source for finding joy in hard times. 

#2 Pray! 

Read your bible and pray. Always remember that reading your Bible brings healing, clarity and a sound mind. 

Often, we think that Biblical joy should feel like happiness. However, even though “always” encompasses happy times and feelings of bliss, true Christian joy can endure through extreme hardship and pain. Happy feelings aren’t a requirement to be “cheerful no matter what,” as the Message paraphrase of 1 Thessalonians 5:16 reads.

“Be full of joy all of the time,” the New Life Version translates. “Always be joyful,” reads the New Living Translation. “Celebrate always,” the VOICE paraphrases, and“Rejoice always,” the New International Version states. Joy is an emotion of great delight. Praise expresses approval. Worship regards something as sacred. Celebration makes something known! (dictionary.com) Where do we find the strength to rejoice in the middle of trials, frustrations, and heartbreak …sickness, death, and despair …loneliness, fatigue, and unfairness? The NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible states that “rejoicing might be associated with praise.”CrossWalk

Rejoicing is associated with praise! Joy is found in praise!


#3 Remember who you are in Christ. 
Knowing deeply who you are in Christ, because of Christ and what He has done for you, has a lot to do with your sense of joy in difficult times. You are a treasure. You are beautiful to Him. You are important to Him. You are loved. God is with you even during these hard times in life.

I have a Scripture writing plan on your Identity in Christ that is popular. Read over the verses and apply them to your life!

There is an end to this storm. Either here on earth or in heaven, but let’s always be determined to give God all the glory He deserves as we walk through hard seasons.



When life and others have us down, scared, worried, sad, hurt or when the busyness of life overwhelms us, let’s think on rejoicing on the good things, changing our thought process, submitting our schedule to Christ, allowing God to redeem our pain and practice soul care and self care.

Letting go of the things that hinder God from moving in our lives and that steal our Joy will be the pivot point to us thriving in Christ no matter what is thrown our way. Let’s trust that God has us. Even if we don’t get our way, He is still good.

He is our hope and our anchor. 
God is enough for us. Praise Him!! 

Let us pray that God will help us release what we need to let go of and to keep our eyes on Him! 
Let God be the reason to you finding joy in difficult times!!

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23 thoughts on “Finding Joy In Difficult Times”

  1. Love this line: "Trusting God that He is enough for us and He will take care of us." That is where our family is right now. I'm not comfortable in our current circumstances, but I am trusting that He will see us through them, He is working in them, and we will be better off for them.

    Thanks for the encouragement today, Starla! May He continue to fill your cup to overflowing!

  2. Thank you for the encouragement today, Starla! "This is the Day the Lord has Made; Let us Rejoice and Be Glad in It." Really needed to hear that we must empty ourselves to him.

  3. I really needed to hear this! I've had a rough two weeks, and my emotions are all over the place. May God empty me and may I be filled with Him! Thanks, my friend!

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