Just like hope and peace, joy is ignited in our hearts when we pause and remember who God is and what he has done. It is the anchor in our soul that keeps our hope and peace alive in the waiting.
And there are times I have found my self wrestling and fighting to choose joy. Because the truth is true joy isn’t simply being happy. So how do we choose it, especially when we don’t feel it?
I think praise and remembrance pave the way to choose joy. The act of speaking out the things we know to be true about Jesus, does something to shift our hearts.
I have had many days where my heart was weary and my praise felt weak. The simple act of saying praises out loud, would remind me of God’s faithfulness and always lifted my heart and soul.
It has become the practice of my heart this year to just simply stop and begin to list out loud all of the ways God is good. It is my lifeline, especially on the hardest days.
Praise is our posture in the waiting.
“Seek, as a plain duty, to cultivate a buoyant, joyous sense of the crowded kindnesses of God in your daily life.” – Alexander MacLaren
“The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.” (Luke 2:20)
God, thank you for filling us with your joy and flooding our hearts with light. May we hold tightly to joy in the good times and the hard times. As we fix our eyes on you, may our lives shine bright this advent season. May we praise you for who you are and for how we see your faithfulness stamped all around us. Thank you for your presence that calls us to wonder and joy.