Have you ever experienced a time in your life when you were downtrodden, depressed, anxious, or lonely? Maybe you’re experiencing that time right now? Unfortunately, I’ve spent a great deal of my adult life like that, despite having a relationship with Christ.
The Bible says Jesus came so we could have life to the full (John 10:10), and yet so many of us live without joy. We can blame this on others, on circumstances, on things out of our control…but I don’t believe that’s the real issue.
Living without joy is a choice we make.
If you’ve ever read my story, you know I had trauma in my childhood that led me to develop a habit of fear and living to please others. However, after many years of searching, I have rediscovered the things that make me who I am…those things that make me feel joyful, whole, and happy…and I’ve started doing them! I just read The Fringe Hours, by Jessica A. Turner, and she writes about how often the things that make us feel content can be found by looking at who we were as children. I know this is totally the case for me!
I love to be outside. I love to take walks in nature. I love wearing hiking sandals and dressing like a tomboy. I love reading. I love making jewelry. I love snuggling babies. I love eating tomatoes right out of the garden…All of these things could have been said of me when I was a little girl!
I thank God that He helped me rediscover my childhood joy. I now know how to enjoy His creation in my own very unique ways! If you’re struggling and downtrodden, maybe you need to take a look back at who you were in childhood. The things you love to do now might not be exactly the same as they were then, but I’m sure they will have close connections. Pray for the Lord to help you remember the things that will bring your heart happiness. He listens, and He delivers!
Children come into this world unencumbered by the cares of pleasing other people and the things they “should do”.
They are born with happiness many adults can only wish to have, and they naturally do things they enjoy. The Bible says we are to have faith like children (Matthew 18:3), and I believe that applies to how we worship, how we believe, how we pray, and how we have fun! Life is busy (especially if you’re raising little people), but that doesn’t mean you can’t do the important-to-you things! Make time for what you enjoy, even if it’s just small pockets throughout the week. I guarantee it will make a difference in your life, how you see the world, and how you live fully for Christ!