Choose Joy

Are you facing challenges in your life right now? Jesus told his disciples in John 16:33 that they will face trouble and persecution but reminded them that He has overcome the world. When we focus on the pain and the struggle we are experiencing, we aren’t focused on God. When we aren’t focused on God, we tend to lose sight of the joy around us. Remember that God is in control, and while it may be hard to realize it now, He will be with you as you experience every challenge and struggle. Focus on Him and what He is doing in your life in this moment. Choose joy!!

I remember when I was sitting at my mother’s bedside a few years ago, and I was watching her struggling to breathe because the cancer in her lungs had consumed them. I prayed in every moment that God would heal her and relieve her pain but every day seemed to get worse. I was so focused on her pain and my heart ache that I could not find joy in the moment. One day, I opened my Bible and read Psalm 116 that speaks about thanksgiving and deliverance from death. While my mother could not avoid her death, I could provide joy to her in her final hours. I chose joy and spoke to her about life and how much I loved her. I decorated her hospital room with beautiful flowers and splashes of her favorite colors. She was surrounded by joy and love which set her heart at ease. Her final days were peaceful and I found joy in being with her through every last breath she took.

If you are struggling today, consider the positive things surrounding you and focus on them instead. If you know someone who is struggling, be a vessel of joy for them and find a way to encourage and love them. It’s crucial to switch the mindset from doom & gloom to joy & gratefulness. Meditate on three things you are grateful for today and see how your perspective can change.

Ginger Turner is the Founder and Director of Warriors for God Ministry. She has a Master’s Degree from Liberty University in Marriage and Family Therapy, is a Board Certified Mental Health Coach, and a Christian Life Coach. Ginger, her husband, and three children reside in the Hill Country of Texas where she teaches and counsels couples, young children, and teenagers. Her focus is on enriching marriages and families, suicide awareness, and coaching the community on Whole Body Wellness. Ginger loves the Lord and lives every day for Him, serving Him in whatever capacity He sets on her path.

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