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I am physically and emotionally tired of carrying my weaknesses. We all have those 1 or 2 (3 or 4) areas that keep us in a choke hold.
What are yours? Issues of loneliness, control, grief, trust, anger, self-esteem, guilt, worry, envy, anxiety, living in the past, fear … you fill in the blanks.
I struggle with the emotional burden of feeling overwhelmed. Am I going to be blindsided again? How is this all going to work out? What does life look in 10 years, 20 years …? What happens when I’m no longer around?
So …what wakes you up in the middle of the night?
Your unwanted guest may appear at the dinner table or late in the evening when loneliness often shows up. For others, it may be during social situations as you politely smile listening to the successes of others. Conversations that scream to you everything that your life is not, at least not yet;)
Some days I struggle with getting out of bed because I simply don’t want to face the reality of life. Satan has then gained control of the mind thus stealing joy and peace.
So how do you battle against the oncoming assault? First, you identify what steals your joy, and fight to get it back.
Yesterday was a hard morning. < Just get up… Ugh> I began the familiar routine of assembling my artillery to combat the attacks on my mind, while declaring boldly:
— ‘This is the day that the Lord hath made. I will rejoice & be glad in it.’ (x 10)
— ‘Go to hell Satan! Get away from me!!’ (x 10) + yelling loudly!
— Sing along to REM’s Shiny Happy People – YouTube it! (dance while singing as this adds to your joy & power)
The good news is that I got out of bed … you have to in order to dance! Whatever it takes!
Pressing toward Joy thought of the day: ‘Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day.’ It is a purposeful decision, action, and fight.
“The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.” Psalm 28:7
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