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Monday, May 20, 2019

Bring Your Own Sunshine

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Staying Encouraged On Not So Bright Days

Living in Southern California we are bit spoiled by many sunny days. After a soaking winter, spring 2019 is bringing more rain and snow across the region. There is something about sunlight that instantly lifts your mood, but what do you on those grey cloud covered days.  It is reminder that some days you have to bring your own sunshine.

In life we have metaphorical clouds that my loom over us putting a damper on our joy. Bills, sickness, relationship issues, family issues, politics, or myriad of other circumstances.

How do you avoid letting circumstances steal your joy?

Happiness vs. Joy
Happiness and Joy are both emotions. Happiness is usually attached to an idea, experience, or an act. Joy on the other hand transcends the physical, joy is more of attitude, way of being and acting. You can find joy in an unhappy place. Sure it feels great when you can have happiness and joy at the same time, but in life there are no guarantees. Joy is a choice, deciding to feel a certain way despite your circumstance.

Joy In The Midst Of…

We need to understand that true spiritual joy and peace comes from God. Joy is knowing that in every situation you are blessed and loved by almighty God. There will be times you may need to pray more, study more, or believe more but the joy is knowing God is right there whenever you call.

3 Questions To Ask Yourself That Spark Joy

  • What am I grateful for in this moment?
  • What is the purpose of this for me?
  • How can I bring glory to God at this time?
Bringing your own sunshine means deciding to be joyous despite the circumstance. No matter where you go, who’s there, or what’s going on when you get there…bring the light of the Lord with you. Be responsible for the energy that you bring to the circumstance. Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

 “When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul.” (Psalm 94:19 NIV)

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