14th Dec 2020

When I meet someone who seems to be really joyful, one of the first things I notice is how positive they are about life. No matter what situation they’re facing, they always seem to face it with a smile. That’s not to say that life isn’t tough for them – because it can be for us all, but instead their outlook seems to be different.

One of the phrases that seems to be doing the rounds on the internet is “choose joy,” and that seems to be what these joyful people do! When faced with hardship, rather than wallowing, they CHOOSE to look at the situation positively.

SO, today on Mindful Monday, my challenge to you is to CHOOSE JOY. Say to yourself every morning this week; “today may be hard, I may face challenges, but I choose to see the good and be joyful throughout.”

You might find this prayer* helpful as you do so:

Jesus, thank You for becoming Immanuel, “God with us.” It’s because of You that I can experience true joy. 

I admit that it can sometimes feel hard to be joyful in the middle of a busy or difficult holiday season. But when the cares of my heart are many, Your comfort gives me renewed hope and cheer

So today, I choose to take refuge in You and rejoice. I will sing for joy because You are my strength and my salvationIn Your presence there is fullness of joy! And because of Your humble arrival over 2,000 years ago, I am now able to experience the joy of Your presence forever. Thank You. 

You are always worthy of all glory, honor, and power—and so no matter what I face, I will choose to worship You. 

In Jesus’ name, Amen

*Taken from the YouVersion app.

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