We had a wonderful relaxing time on the beautiful beach of southern Sarasota county. It’s easy to find joy when there’s nothing to do but stare at the horizon, sleep all day and go swimming. But how can I find joy when I get back home? Since we got home last Saturday…I spent some time planning out the week, scheduling some things I needed to get back to doing. Reality? I came down with a throat infection and our refrigerator konked out the day after food shopping. The calendar is already filling up with various errands and appointments. How can I keep a little piece of that vacation serenity and joy?
I was brainstorming things that give me joy as one of my journal prompts and here’s what I came up with.
Having a peaceful day…Getting out in nature…Being with my family…Spending time in the Word when it “opens” up to me…Having a good laugh…Watching my children grow up and succeed…Changed lives as a result of hearing the Good News..Great Food…Travel…Doing something creative…the beach…great Holy Yoga.
Some days a few of these things will happen. And sadly, on some days none will happen if I don’t, at the very least, spend some time in the Word. Why is it so easy at times to put off what is most important and squander time on the meaningless?
When I started searching Scripture for verses about joy, at the top of the list is “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.” James 1:2-3 Certainly I have many trials and certainly it takes some work to “consider it pure joy” because that is not my natural response to trials.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13 As I trust in Him, I will be filled with joy and peace, ultimately overflowing with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Finally, a beautiful promise for the future.. And the ransomed of the LORD will return. They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away. Isaiah 35:10
It’s so important to spend that time in the Word every day. It’s refreshing and Spirit filling no matter what is going on in my life. Sometimes it happens in the morning, some times in the middle of the day and sometimes before bed. It’s hard for me to set a regular routine. I’m learning to streamline the social media feed so that what I see is generally edifying and not stress inducing. One of my favorite people to follow is Ann Voskamp who regularly posts real and encouraging thoughts that help me get through the week.
How do you find joy in your daily routine?