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Celebrate: How to Find Joy Through Any Season

One thing that I’ve learned after being born again is that my faith has brought me joy and happiness. As a Christian, I should not be ashamed to celebrate. Celebration is a part of life. And like prayer, fasting, and chastity, it too is a spiritual discipline.

Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.

Nehemiah 8:10 NIV

Remember Jesus

During his time here on earth, Jesus celebrated life. Pivotal moments in his life were times of celebration. The first miracle Jesus performed was at a wedding where celebration is evident. He broke bread with his disciples and washed their feet at the Last Supper in celebration of his love for them. 

We are at a time of year where outward celebration is all around us. But we are also approaching a season where many are feeling lonely or depressed. To overcome this, we can also practice celebration internally by being grateful for the gift that is life and thanking God for the opportunity we have been given to have a relationship with him. If we can remember this and the love that God has given us throughout our lives then we can make it through the darkest moments with internal or external celebration and praise. And when we do this we grow stronger in our faith and faithfulness to God. 

Finding Joy

“Let us celebrate in our hearts so that outwardly we can really show people what being a Christian is all about. “

Let us celebrate in our hearts so that outwardly we can really show people what being a Christian is all about. How do I do this you may ask yourself ? 

“…try stressing less over situations that are not within your control.”

Well, for one, try stressing less over situations that are not within your control. These moments can be made into opportunities for your faith to really shine through. And you can be made an example of God’s glory. So let go and let God love you. Be transparent and release your load. 

“…laugh more and cry less.”

Another way to find joy is to laugh more and cry less. It’s okay to express your true emotions over a situation. But make sure you use those emotions. Don’t live in them and let them get the best of you. Like the old method for developing film, sometimes it takes a darkroom to process the picture. So if you develop your perspective completely, and truly look to recall or pinpoint moments of happiness that you might have overlooked, it can give you that gleam of light you need to see the big picture, God’s picture. Doing this can take you away from the darkest moments. Jesus said, ‘I have come… so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness’ (v.46).

“…we can learn to let ourselves go completely when we worship God.”

And lastly, we can learn to let ourselves go completely when we worship God. Let your hair done. Dance and sing (whether you think you can or not). Let go and surrender to the spirit. Don’t just read his word, study it. Do your research. Worship God fully. Celebrate your life and the life of those around you. Celebrate the life of those you have touched and those who have touched you. Like Jesus did, show your joy of being God’s children. Share it with the world. 

Prayer

Heavenly Father, please help us to follow Jesus’ example, not just in words but also in actions. Thank you, for you have given us so much to celebrate.

Amen.

Let’s start a discussion. Are you in a season of sorrow or sadness? Please know that you are never alone and that we can be here for each other as a family of like-minded mothers. Leave a comment below and tell us how we can be of service to you today.

Here are some more healthy blog reads that may help you maintain joy and celebrate throughout your season.

Seeking Happiness – Finding Joy

12 Ways to Increase Your Joy

The Miserable Christian: Finding Raucous Joy

Christmas Joy

Fighting For Joy As a Christian With Depression

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