Depression can be perpetuated by focusing on ourselves and our own pain, but when we focus instead on others and their needs, our own pain is lessened. It makes us feel good and gives us a fresh perspective of the verse in Nehemiah 8:10 that says, “the joy of the Lord is my strength.” Read more for how to shift your focus when you’re feeling down or in despair.
It happens to all of us at some point. If we don’t remain vigilant, the enemy can have a field day with our thought life. But, we can fight back with the right tool set. These 6 tools will help us fight against our real enemy so we can overcome and combat fearful thoughts.
No matter what you are going through, you CAN have joy. God wants you to have His joy – it’s something that He promised you. And, not just a little bit, not just the crumbs or the leftovers from other people’s joy, but the kind of joy that overflows.
I remember a time in my life when I believed I might be “joy immune.” Depression had stolen my joy. I learned through that experience that we sometimes have to fight for joy (and, some days, our fight is harder.) On the days when I have to fight for joy, these are promises that I stand on.
In this episode, Suzie Eller and I discuss some truths that just might change everything you thought you knew about joy. I so relate to my guest today because she has experienced one incredibly painful trial after another, and yet through it, she has come to savor the sweet aroma of her Savior walking with her in those trials.