Joy without anticipating
Hi there & Happy New Year! (And Happy Spring!)
I hope this new year and season has been great for you so far 😊
This season of winter has been very mild here in the Midwest. Not complaining! But it has been weird to have 50-degree days with sunshine when there is normally snow falling almost every day! (Update: It has snowed and temperatures have dipped below 10 degrees here! Wohoo!)
This mild winter has led me to really focus on enjoying the moment and choosing to live in every moment I experience throughout the day. This winter has been so mild that I have been making sure that our family enjoys each day its nice out, because I never know when a snowstorm is gonna hit 😊.
Enjoy Each Moment
That made me begin to think about how I should enjoy each moment in my life and every experience not because I’m anticipating a negative outcome. I should appreciate every experience because life is a gift and every experience (good or bad) is a blessing.
There’s a scripture in Romans that says:
“We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance.” Romans 5:3 NLT
In basic terms, just because we have bad days, it doesn’t mean that they’re “bad days”. They may feel bad, but they’re actually “good” for me.
Everyday Can be a Good Day
What if we all had the mindset that every day is a good day. No matter if it’s the middle of January 50-degrees and sunny, or dark, cold and -10 degrees. Because, in some countries, that’s considered good weather!
I’m learning to appreciate every little moment I have because every one of them is a learning experience and a gift from God. When I take time to think about my life, all the good days I’ve had don’t really put a damper on the bad days if I look at them differently.
I’ve decided to be grateful for all the times in my life, whether they have been good or bad. Each moment has taught me so many valuable lessons like having patience, giving grace, pursuing joy, loving without expectations and letting go/forgiveness.
Have you been complaining lately about how “bad” your life is right now. (I’m not in anyway implying that your struggles are inferior to mine or anyone else’s) It’s okay to have moments when you express the emotions that are inside of you whether happy or sad.
Just know that whatever you are going through is not just bad times. Your struggles are also an opportunity to deepen your relationship with God and focus on renewing your mind with truth.
Most often, we look to our situations to bring us joy, but there’s so much joy to be found when things are hard too.
I hope and pray that you find the joy in your struggles and that you gain the strength you need to get through the tough situation you may be in right now.
I’m praying for you.
Love & Hugs,
Are you going through a tough season or just came out of one? Comment below to encourage someone else who may be struggling or let me know if this post encouraged you. I’d love to hear your thoughts!
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