This is for our May challenge at Faith*Scrappers COF. We were to do a layout about one of the "fruits of the spirit."Gal 5:22 The focus was on our journaling- which I've found is very hard for me. I'm working on getting the joy back in my life through faith.
"These things I have spoken to you that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full." John 15:11
I have been seriously concerned lately with the lack of Joy in my life. It has been more than an occasional lack of, but an overwhelming feeling of "joylessnes." It's been a rough couple of years with family problems and issues that seem to continually drain every ounce of joy from me. I've made a commitment to myself to get my "Joy" back. I realize it wont come from someone else or by external means, it has to come from within me. By my taking a stand and making a concious effort and not continue to let people and problems overshadow my joy.
After much prayer and thought I have realized the most important area I need to work on is strengthing my faith and my relationship with God. I know that faith needs to be the most important aspect of my life but I've let it be overshadowed by other things of life. I will find Joy by strengthening myself spiritually with his word, really believing and trusting in God's promises and turning my problems and burdens over to him. He promises us that by trusting in him we can have joy in any situation.
I need to work on changing my attitude about life and also not to take life and myself so serious. I need to dwell on the piositive and the things from above and not the negative aspects and people around me.