Monday, August 31, 2009

My joy....your joy

This image was {shamelessly} stolen from my friend at Robin's Perch:)

Firstly, I am feeling much better today. A weekend of rest and doing just about nothing...lying in a warm and aromatic bath twice a day and getting enough sleep (with no snoring) seemed to have done the trick.
My daily devotional at the moment is My Utmost for His highest by Oswald Chambers. So guess what the topic is today? Yup! "My joy....your joy". After reading it the first time it hit me...where was my joy this past few days? It is as if not only my joy was stolen so was these few days. So I guess there must be a lesson to be learnt.
I quote: "Living a full and overflowing life does not rest in bodily health, in circumstances,....but in the perfect understanding of God, and in the same fellowship and oneness with Him that Jesus Himself enjoyed." Okay...I am going to be the first one to admit that I don't have a perfect understanding of God. "But the first thing that will hinder the joy is the subtle irritability caused by giving too much thought to our circumstances. Jesus said in Mark 4:19: "...the cares of this world...choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful." And before we even know what happened, we are caught up in our cares. Have the right relationship with God, finding your joy there, and out of you will flow rivers of living water."
Can you help me with this? Do you keep your joy in ALL circumstances? I need some wisdom here. There is some awesome testimonies of people out there that managed to keep their joy despite chronic illness and do they do it? I would prefer not to have another fibromyalgia flare up...but when it happens I want to keep my joy. Any suggestions?


  1. Wish I could help you, but sadly not only is my joy stolen (often) sometimes I misplace it and even just give it away. Wish is pathetic as I really do have so much to appreciate and enjoy in life.

  2. For me I have found that the best thing is to focus on what I DO have & try not to linger on the problem. For so many years now we have had interminable problems on the workfront for DH, teenagers in the house flaring up at times, and having to live in a rented dump whilst our beautiful home we took 15 years to build languishes in Zimbabwe with no buyer in sight & therefore no hope of better living conditions for us. For the first year here I just became more & more miserable then I decided that I would do what I could. I can scrap way more now than I ever could before because I am not constantly responsible for a home & garden & despite dh's work circumstances we can still enjoy a movie at Gateway every week, whereas in Zim we had not been for 12 I think it is a case of mind over matter...perhaps more difficult when the pain is a physical one ;-D

  3. Oh dear. I often lose my joy. I think it's so much easier to focus on what is going wrong (when it is), than to appreciate what is going right.

    and i think that's ok too.

    you've been in pain - how does one remain joyful through pain? is it possible? if so i'd like to know how.

  4. I made a concious decision at the beginning of the year to be more positive and for the most part it is working. I try to see God's perfect timing in every bad thing that happens and although it is not always clear immediately, I have been in awe of God's timing this year, more so than in the past.
    Earlier in the year I got very bad food poisoning, so bad that I landed in hospital for 24 hours. It was the middle of a very hectic time at school and I could not realy afford to take time off, but God knew that my daughter would be injured at Netball and would need me to drive her around for three days. If I didn't have the food poisoning there would have been nobody to ferry her around while she could not walk, let alone drive herself fom class to class and then to coaching. It gave me some wonderful time to spend with my DD too, what a gift from God!
    Even though I am not always equally successful, I try to remember that it is all part of His plan and His timing is always perfect.

  5. It is difficult to keep the joy during hard times, but i think it is def a mind over matter thing, or not even that, just finding the joy in the little things. somehow changing focus, though saying that, trying to change focus while being in pain is not the most easiest thing to do. I still recommend a good massage!

  6. My joy has been robbed of me lately as well, and for what? Such trivial things! Not being in the word and in prayer consistently definitely alters my outlook on life to being more worldly and less to God.

  7. I'm glad to hear you're feeling better now. I wish I'm one of those people who can keep their joy inspite of circumstances.

  8. Lynette - you poor thing! Fibromyalgia... have you done a pain management course? That might be able to teach you how to maintain your joy during flare ups.
    In the UK, the physio's used to run the pain clinic with a pain specialist doctor. I'm not sure how it works in SA, but it may be worth investigating.

    Hope you feel better soon. x

  9. This is a seriously difficult ask as each one of us are so unique in the way we cope and our own personal mechanisms we have come to put into action to keep our inner joy.

  10. Yes, I agree with the others: a big question.

    It is hard for me to even imagine what it must be like to contend with a condition like yours, so I am afraid of trotting out seemingly pat solutions.

    Two things I can share:
    One is that sometimes we often have a mistaken idea of what is meant by 'joy' in this context.
    Its not leaping about, grinning, shouting stuff according to one source.

    It was described as a calm delight; a serene gladness, coming, I imagine from the heart knowledge of the unchanging goodness of God in the fallen world we live in.

    The other thing is that we seek in vain if we look for peace, joy, patience, whatever -f independent of Christ.
    As if they were able to be parcelled up and given to us.
    We seek Him and these things are found IN HIM - like a by-product, if I may say, with all respect.

    Oops, this came out a bit sermon-ish.
    Please forgive - I don't know how else to say it.
    And you may or may not agree with what I have said, but I offer it with lots of love and gratitude that you are doing better.


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