Hey sis! Wanna learn ten ways to choose joy every day?
The truth is that as Christians, choosing joy each day has nothing to do with how we feel about our present circumstances (or what’s going on in our lives at all), it’s really about what we do in spite of those feelings and circumstances.
In this blog post, I want to teach you the truth about choosing joy and show you ways to choose joy every day that will have a huge impact on your quality of life.
10 Powerful Ways To Choose Joy Every Day: Truths To Help You Start Today!
Choosing joy as a Christian is something that we should do every day. In this world that we live in, it can be hard to be positive, and hard to be happy due to everything that’s happening around us. Every day people lose their jobs, their lives, their marriages, and their livelihood. It can be depressing.
But as women of God, it is our duty to be intentional about our joy. We have to be intentional about our actions because we never know how our thoughts and actions will affect others around us.
In the same way, that kindness is infectious, joy is also infectious. Think about it. Have you ever been around someone that radiated so much joy you couldn’t help but feel joyful along with them? That’s how joy works. That’s how Jesus’ love shines through us and into the life of other people.
Just as you choose what outfits you wear each day of the week, in the same way, I challenge you to choose joy for the day.
What Does The Bible Say About Choosing Joy?
The bible actually has a lot to say about joy and the following bible verses give us a true idea of God’s view on joy and how we can choose joy on a daily basis as Christians.
- May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. “Romans 15 verse 13”
- If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. “John 15 verses 10–12”
Let the sea resound, and all that is in it; let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them! Let the trees of the forest sing, let them sing for joy before the Lord for he comes to judge the earth. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. “1 Chronicles 16 verses 32–34”
- Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. “Romans 12 verse 12”
- Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! “Philippians 4 verse 4”
- But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, “Galatians 5 verse 22”
- The Lord has done it this very day; let us rejoice today and be glad. “Psalm 118 verse 24”
- Nehemiah said, “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 verse 10”
- But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you. “Psalm 5 verse 11”
- Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer, and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him, he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. “Hebrews 12 verse 2”
What Is Joy For A Christian?
Joy for a Christian is a gift from God. Just as our salvation cannot be bought or earned, joy cannot be bought or earned by ourselves. Joy is the visible fruit that comes from a relationship that is pleasing to God; it is not something we can create by our own efforts.
As Christians, the joy that we experience on the inside isn’t just an emotion or feeling. It is a state that we have the privilege to be in the more that we worship and dwell in the presence of the Lord.
A few months ago, I was going through a really hard time. My relationships weren’t going well and I was emotionally and physically tired. I was sad and I was lonely. To keep me from getting to a place of despair, I would watch my favourite Korean dramas. They were funny. innocent and entertaining to watch.
The more I watched these cure couples work through their issues, though, the more I resented my situation; the sadder I became. This is when I realized that my joy was gone. The peace and contentment that I had felt for so long were lost.
And how would I ever get that back?
Well, that very day I made a choice. I chose to choose joy over happiness. Happiness is a result of your surroundings. Maybe you got a promotion or a proposal. Joy, however, is an intentional choice. It is an attitude of the heart and spirit that comes from us consciously making the effort to dwell in the presence of the Lord and worship Him as He desires to be worshipped.
That’s when I took out my bible, looked through my YouTube playlist, and decided that every morning when I woke up I would choose true joy.
Not only would I choose joy today, but I would keep on choosing joy tomorrow, the next day, and every day after that.
How Do You Choose Joy In Your Life?
1 Choose Joy By Starting With Quiet Time In God’s Presence
I’ve always been taught that if you want your day to go well, then you need to start your day well. The best way that I can think of for you to start your day well is to start with quiet time in God’s presence.
True joy, lasting joy comes from being in the presence of the Lord and if you want to invite God into your day so that He is always with you, then you need to make time to be in His presence at the very beginning of the day.
Social media and smartphones are very popular, and oftentimes we find ourselves caught up in checking for Facebook updates or liking the latest picture on Instagram. We even take our phones to bed with us.
In the mornings, instead of immediately checking your phone, put the phone down and spend some quiet time with God. Thank Him for a brand new day. Give thanks for all the things He has done and is still doing in your life. Allow that quiet time with God to transform your heart and give you the joy you need to face the day.
2 Create Joy Through A Morning Devotional Routine
The best thing I ever did was to create a morning devotional routine. I have read many blog posts that tell you to start your day with journaling or exercise and that by doing these things you will experience joy and happiness.
I believe that having a routine, where you spend time reading your bible, praying, and doing your devotional will give you even greater joy and happiness.
It can be so easy for us to get caught up in the morning rush of getting ready, taking a shower, cooking breakfast, or the plethora of things that can come our way. But when we take 15 or 20 minutes to spend some time with God, soaking in what He has to say to us each day, we are better able to face what life might throw at us.
Psalm 5 verse 3 tells us that in the morning God hears our voice, we make our requests, and then wait in expectation for Him to come through for us. The devotional you read that day could have the very answers you’ve been waiting on God to receive.
3 Choose Joy By Focusing On The Good
As we go throughout our day, we will experience both good and bad things. It is bound to happen as part of our lives here on this imperfect, flawed earth. Joy can come from us choosing to highlight or focus on the good things that have happened, instead of the bad experiences we have had.
One day I went to work, wearing my favourite blouse with my favourite pair of pants. I looked great and felt great. However, as I was walking from one classroom to the next, I slipped and fell; tearing a part of the blouse. Now I had to find a way to conceal the tear and get to my classroom on time.
I was upset, to say the least.
At the end of the day, my mother called and asked me how my day had been. I told her it was great. During our conversation, I highlighted the praises I had received from my supervisor and the adorable drawing my first graders had drawn for me.
Could I have broken down and told her about the trip and my ruined blouse? Sure! But at the end of the day, deciding how I felt was a choice and I chose to be joyful in spite of the circumstances because that one event was not enough to ruin my day.
4 Think Of Ways To Fill Your Day With Joy
As I’ve said before, being joyful is about choosing joy above all other emotions you might be experiencing. Being intentional about your joy means thinking of ways to fill your day with joy. Does listening to worship music bring you joy?
Think about creating a playlist with your favourite God-centred songs that you can play throughout the day. How about cleaning? Does a clean living space bring you joy? Think about possibly carving out time in your day to do the things that make you happy; that bring a smile to your face.
5 Choose Joy By Leaning On The Lord’s Strength
The bible tells us in 2 Corinthians 12:9, that it is in our weakness that God is strongest. It might be a bit weird to think of ourselves as weak, helpless humans, but in the grand scheme of things we are. Being human means that we are flawed and imperfect; oftentimes getting swept away in our emotions. But leaning on the Lord’s strength is one of the most powerful ways to choose joy every day.
There have been so many times when I’ve allowed my feelings and emotions to God my better judgement. It’s in these times when I’m feeling lost in my fears and defeat, that I lean on God to get me through it and bring back the joy I lost. Lean on the Lord when you’re depressed, ask Him for help and watch how He restores the joy you once lost.
6 Choose Joy Every Day Through Prayer
When everything is going wrong, it can be very hard to be happy. It can be difficult to see the good in everything. That’s when we need to pray. Prayer is powerful. Prayer can move mountains. And it’s in this time of prayer, of communicating, with our Heavenly Father, that He can change our tears and sadness into joy.
There’s a beautiful song by Marathon Praise Band that says “you turn my wailing into dancing. You took my sorrows and gave me joy”. When you’re feeling low just pray and ask God to move. Then stand back and watch as He does just that.
7 Choose Joy Every Day By Fixing Your Eyes On Jesus
Have you ever met someone who’s just miserable no matter what’s going on in their lives? They could be making a lot of money and live in the nicest house, but still complain about their annoying co-worker? I have. Not only have I met this person, but I’ve also been this person. We all have things that happen in our lives that can rip our joy away if we allow it. The important thing to remember is to fix our eyes on Jesus.
When we fix our eyes on Jesus we don’t hear the pipe that keeps on dripping each night, we don’t notice how overbearing our boss can be and the long hours we have to work gets easier. Fixing your eyes on Jesus restores your joy because your focus is no longer on the problem or nuisance but on the one who can overcome such problems and nuisances with ease.
8 Choose Joy Daily By Giving Your Time To Others
Have you ever volunteered your time at a community centre or charity event? How did you feel afterwards? It’s rewarding, isn’t it? Seeing the joy on children’s faces or watching as grateful people eat the hot meal they’ve been longing for all day, just gives you a feeling of genuine fulfilment. There’s a reason we are asked to give of our time to others.
One of the best ways to choose joy every day is by being of service to others. In helping other people we become more joyful Christians. I have never met a happy or joyful Christian who’s never once given their time or support to others.
9 Choose Joy Through Worshipping God
I love to worship God. Not only does He deserve our praise and adoration, but there is a feeling that it invokes. Whenever I fix my thoughts on worshipping and thanking God for all He has done for me, I can’t help but remember all those times He’s forgiven me when I didn’t deserve it. I can’t help but be grateful for those life and death situations where He gave me back my life.
Worshipping God in spirit and in truth reminds us of just how far we have come in our journey with our heavenly father. If you had told me a few years ago that I’d be happy, living in Poland with an amazing man in my life and a great job I’d laugh at you. Looking at my life then versus now, as I worship, fills me with immense joy.
10 Choose To Be Joyful By Counting Your Blessings
Counting your blessings is an amazingly effective way to bring more joy into your life. When you sit down and think about all the things in life that have gone wrong, how do you feel? Depressed? Exhausted? Frustrated? But what if you sit down and make a list of all the blessings in your life how would you feel then? Joyful? Grateful? Happy?
God has done so much for us that when we think about all the things that He has done and all the doors He has opened we can’t help but being joyful.
Why Is Joy Important In Life?
Joy is very important in our life as Christians. That’s why I listed 10 ways to choose joy every day. Life happens and we have to make an intentional choice each day to not see the negatives in our life as purely that. When we choose to be joyful in spite of our circumstances we are showing others that life is not just black and white. It’s not just about our mistakes. Life is also about our accomplishments, the people who love us and make life worth living, and the blessings that God bestows each day.
Being joyful on a daily basis can literally add years to your life here on earth. By choosing joy you open yourself up to even more blessings, more opportunities, and more success.
I’ve been around the church block a few times, and honestly, the kindest, most successful people I’ve ever met were also the most joyful. The joy they felt on the inside radiated all around them and drew others closer to them as well.
Choosing joy is more than just a choice or a mindset. It is when we decide to switch the focus of our hearts and eyes. It’s perfectly okay to experience negativity and the emotions that come along with it, but at the end of the day, there is wisdom in choosing joy.
There is bravery in choosing joy.
There is growth in choosing joy.
We may not be able to cure the world of its sadness, but we can choose joy in the midst of it.
What Do You Think?
What are some ways to choose joy every day?
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All my love,