Ever go dress shopping with a set mind of what you are looking for, but when you get there can not find that ‘perfect’ dress? Ever have to talk yourself into going shopping because you either hate shopping (like me) or dread the reminder that your body is not as perfect as you might want or perceive it to be? Ever get into the dressing room, put on the “man-made contraption”, look in the mirror, and wish that wasn’t you staring back?
It might start with having to get a size a little bigger or noticing that the backside doesn’t look as tight and small as before. I am sure, I am not the only woman in this wide green Earth that has had these questions, high expectations, or self-image reflections trigger past memories or emotions. It is funny how we as women allow the simplest things, such as shopping for clothes, to begin an avalanche of joy stealing.
How often do we give over to the thief of our joy? How often do we not shut the mouth of the accuser? How often do we stand looking at the image of the past and become intimidated? Throwing our hands up, stumping our feet, pouting, and run crying to the nearest bowl of ice cream and chocolates.
At times we allow our sufferings of our everyday life to drown us; suffocating us to a point of no return. We hold our past, our abuse, or our addictions against us. We then reside in our hurt, pain, and shame. Which in turn, begins to alter our vision of our first love who never stops handing us the joy that ushers in strength.
I have known my share of hurt and pain through betrayal from both sides of the coin, through shame, un-forgiveness, bitterness, hatred, and anger. I have known verbal, physical, and sexual abuse. I have known self inflicted addictions. I have also walked in areas of self pity, low self-esteem, fear, and intimidation. I am a woman.
Walking so deep that I did not realize I was not only killing my own spirit but also of those around me. But I have also known the power of forgiveness, deliverance, and salvation. Walking in grace, mercy, and victorious freedom of mind, body, and spirit. Today, I am not who I was and I will not go back to that ‘ole girl ever again. I am joyfully free.
Giving ourselves over to the inner dwelling of pain inflicted memories on any account ties the hands of the Holy Spirit from unlocking our hearts and will impart a victim mentality. A victim mentality can consume every fiber of our being and is just as powerful as one of its antidotes; JOY. In my experience, JOY is accomplished by aggressive CREATIVITY. Finding something that creates the joy from within to aggressively impact the mind, body, and spirit.
“As a new day is about to dawn, I encourage you to find beauty in the little things that you may overlook throughout your day. Somehow, it is the ‘less’ of something that can become the ‘more’ that catapults you into a greater awakening of your inner self. Once this is recognized, a release of something positive that was dormant begins to breathe life. Sometimes, even a detox of our mind, spirit, and body takes place. Begin by observing what is right in front of you for the ‘now’ so that your tomorrow is filled with joy and hope.” ~ Inner Reflections of the Human Kind by Jennifer Goodson © Copyright 2012
It is time to take back our joy whether we are in a mode of testing, suffering, transition, or restoration. It is not easy – that is the truth of it, but a fight for growth sometimes will not be easy. Hope and joy can be found within the midst of every situation if we begin to ponder upon the little things and not allow the vast wall of emotions and regrets to overtake us. Start by turning your mourning into dancing, whether you ‘feel’ like it or not. Start by plucking up the negatives and planting some positives. Start by killing thoughts of destruction and birthing thoughts of healing. Start by turning your weeping into laughter. Take time to embrace others that will be apart of your JOY party. (Encouraged reading Ecclesiastes 3:1-8)
Shared on Michelle Crawford’s This New Life Blog. Check out her blog and her daily devotional books ready for purchase via this link. http://thisnewlife.blog.com/2012/06/20/whats-stealing-your-joy/
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