5 Ways to Fight for Joy

5 Ways to Fight for Joy

One thing I’ve decided to focus on this year is JOY.  I want to be a joyful person and I want to help others be joyful too.  I’ve come to realize that joy can be quite the struggle!  Some days I just don’t feel joyful… thankfully, joy isn’t supposed to be just a feeling – it’s a decision.  Some days we have to fight in order to choose joy.  Here are 5 simple ways:

1. Sing!  I was working at a summer camp last week and I learned some things from my fellow workers.   The happiest girls would often break out into song.  Their joy was very catching.  Joyful people sing to the Lord.  “Sing unto the Lord…” Isaiah 12:5

2. Focus on the Good.   I’ve heard of all kinds of ways to do this from gratitude journals, to joy lists – there are so many ideas out there.  But it all comes down to this:  we must be grateful for what we have and focus on our blessings.  By doing so we will be choosing joy! “Whatsoever things… are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report…think on these things.” Philippians 4:8

3. Smile.  Just the act of smiling is a simple way to choose joy.  We may not “feel” like smiling but should do it anyway.  It will help put us in a joyful mood. “A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance…” Proverbs 15:13

Smile Anyway

4. Surround yourself with joyful people.  This is so key!  We become like the people we hang around.  Attitudes are contagious… and that includes joy!  We must never exclude others on purpose, but we can certainly choose with whom we spend the bulk of our time. “Rejoice with them that do rejoice…” Romans 12:15

5. Talk about joyful things.  Forget the bad news, the latest gossip, and all the usual worries and uncertainties.  We naturally seem to talk about negative things.  Imagine if we started talking about our blessings, answered prayers, and truths we’ve learned from God’s Word.  What a difference it would make! “A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth; and a word spoken in due season, how good it is!” Proverbs 15:23

Those are just 5 simple ways to fight for joy.  There are many more ways but we must always remember to ask the Lord for joy. 

What are some ways you fight for joy?

Please share in the comments!
Rebekah Joy (2)

4 thoughts on “5 Ways to Fight for Joy

  1. Great encouragement here, Rebekah. Joy packs a big punch for such a tiny word, doesn’t it?! Definitely one that we have to choose. Love your idea to surround ourselves with joy-full people…that makes a difference.

  2. This post was *so encouraging* LOVED each way to choose joy! I definitely needed to read this…I’ve been struggling with choosing joy lately. 🙁 I too often focus on what I don’t have or all the bad things going on in my life. T h a n k y o u for sharing!

    May I share this on my blog? I’ll link it to your blog. 🙂

    ~Tashia

    1. I’m so glad this was an encouragement, Tashia! I often struggle to choose joy too.

      Yes…. I would be very grateful if you did! Thank you for your encouraging comments!

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