3 Reasons your Joy is MIA

It’s a beautiful spring morning! Birds are singing, trees are springing to life, and the warmth of the sunshine is all around you… BUT… you just aren’t feeling it.

It suddenly occurs to you that you may have lost your joy.

Let’s look at 3 things that may be stealing your joy and see what Scripture has to say about it:

  • The Tongue:

Proverbs 21:23 (NLT) “Watch your tongue and keep your mouth shut, and you will stay out of trouble.”

That pesky tongue of ours can get us into some trouble can’t it?!?  Like when that co-worker pushes our buttons again. Or, we accidentally (maybe even intentionally) reveal that conversation told to us in confidence. Then, there are those times that we find ourselves having lunch with the girls and it turns into a gossip session. I know… Satan is an opportunist. He is seeking out every opportunity when we may not be looking to steal our joy by the words we SAY!!

  • The Ears:

Proverbs 8:33 (NLT) “Listen to My instruction and be wise. Don’t ignore it.”

What we hear can greatly affect our thought patterns, our actions, and the way we make decisions. Also, where are we getting our advice these days? From godly counsel or are we reading the latest, “How to..”  in the checkout line?  Even music can have an impact on our minds! That gossip or rant on social media may be stealing our joy right out from underneath us as well!

  • The Eyes:

Luke 11:34 (NIV) “Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are healthy, your whole body also is full of light. But when they are unhealthy, your body also is full of darkness.”

How can what we see possibly affect our joy?

For example, when my boys were younger they loved to watch wrestling on Monday nights. As they watched, they started to try out those moves on each other and fighting quickly ensued. What they were watching greatly affected their actions.

What forms of entertainment are we watching? Think that scary movie won’t influence us? When the dog barks and we jump out of our skin, that movie may be affecting us more than we realize.

If we want to get our joy back, it will require some hard work and commitment. We will have to say,”no” to some things in our lives. We may have to learn how to remove ourselves from those gossip sessions or even strategically steer conversations in a more positive direction. When that movie contains bad language or sexual content, we will have to excuse ourselves or turn it off.

We are the gatekeepers to our hearts. In Psalm 101:3, David gives us some wise counsel when he stated, “I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes…”  In this life, we cannot avoid sin or evil in the world. But, we can choose how much of it we allow to influence us by our own eyes, ears, and mouths.

Matthew 13:16-17 gives us a sobering explanation of how these 3 areas can callous our hearts, “But blessed are your eyes, because they see; and your ears, because they hear. For truly I say to you that many prophets and righteous men desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.”

We don’t want to miss one blessing the Lord has for us because our hearts are heavy from sin. Let us do as Paul instructed in Hebrews 12:1, “…let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles.” It will take some hard work and no doubt we will slip and slide along the way. But commit today to get your J-O-Y back!


Getting my joy back!


Not too Proud to Beg

I Samuel 1

As we enter into the first book of Samuel, we see a barren wife named Hannah. Year after year she would travel with her husband Elkanah, his second wife Peninnah, and children to Shiloh for worship and sacrifice to the Lord. Hannah was often ridiculed by Peninnah for her barrenness. Each visit, Hannah would cry and not eat. On one occasion after a sacrificial meal, Hannah went to pray. She begged the Lord to bless her with a son and promised to give him to the Lord. She poured her heart out that day, so much that Eli the Priest, who was watching, assumed she was drunk! But Hannah explained she was praying out of great anguish and sorrow. Eli told her, “Go in peace! May the God of Israel grant the request you have asked of Him.” Hannah went on her way and began to eat with no sadness about her. As we read on, we see that God did in time, answer Hannah’s prayer for a son. As her son Samuel grew, she did as promised and took him to the Tabernacle to give him to the Lord.

Over the last four years, I have committed to praying specific Scriptures over my family. On Sunday, my daughter-in-law Taylor gave her heart to Jesus. I had the privilege of walking with her to the altar and while we were there praying, my heart overflowed with gratefulness for answered prayers. My prayer journals are bursting with prayer requests for my kids and lost family. It is there that I pour my heart out to the Lord on those wide lined pages, begging like Hannah did for my requests to be answered. Sometimes those answers come quickly, while others seem to take years.

If you’re waiting for an answer to prayer, I would like to encourage your heart. Continue to make your requests known daily. When discouragement comes, know that God hears and is working mightily behind the scenes of our lives on each detail. Our God meticulously arranges each element at just the right time and even though the circumstances may say one thing, God says something else in His Holy Word.

I prayed for my sweet daughter-in-law every day for over two years. There are details of her salvation that I will forever hold in my heart. As I waited, the Lord took the time to let me know He heard and was responding. As I watched Taylor find Jesus through Sunday School Bible lessons, praise and worship music, and our talks of God’s plans, I could feel His breath on her and I was able to enjoy the journey with her. That’s the best part of leading others to Jesus; you get to experience it too! Those prayer requests may seem like you beg the Lord for an answer day in and day out. Keep begging! He hears! Just don’t forget to open your eyes and watch for Him to move!

This Mama is not too proud to beg!