According to Webster, “blissful” is defined as “extremely happy; full of joy”. I begin to ask, “is it possible to be FULL of joy?” Because to be full of joy means you must be empty of all sorrow, anxiety, anger. I would like to think of myself as one full of joy. One that is light hearted and laughs at the times to come. But if I were to be honest with myself, and with you, sorrow, anxiety, anger and a plethora of other emotions knock at my door. And I do let them in. My husband will attest for their company. On numerous occasions I have found myself so stressed, so angry, so annoyed, so overwhelmed, so every-other-emotion-but-happy I cannot make any rational decision. Maybe you have felt like this too? I often want to through myself into a two-year-old tantrum.
So what is the secret of finding joy? Being grateful.
I have recently read “One Thousand Gifts” by Anne Voskamp. After reading pages of finding gratitude in the day to day mundane activities, such as a sink full of bubbles, I began to see the numerous gifts God has blessed me with. And I found joy.
In year of experiencing disappointments, mourning the loss of my mother in-law, and preserving through the difficulties of marriage, joy seems to be the last word I would use to describe these circumstances. But in the words of my hope-filled and joyful spirited mother in-law, “Gratitude is not a thermometer measuring your OUTSIDE temperature, but a thermostat, setting the INNER temperature.”
Over the next 30 days I am taking a gratitude challenge through a devotional by Nancy Leigh DeMoss. I encourage you to join me in choosing gratitude and being emptied of the things that may rob us of true joy.