Guilty Joy?

Have you ever felt joy in the midst of a bad time in your life?  You know…you feel some sunlight shining in on a depressing day; a time when you think you should be grieving or worrying or not allowed to feel joyful?

I know when my sister was battling cancer, I felt guilty if I was happy or felt joy about something going on in my life.  It was like I was punishing myself to never feel joy again because the circumstance at hand was so bad.

But God wants us to live above our circumstances.  He says when we know Him, we can be joyful always and give thanks in all circumstances, even the bad times.

I don’t understand it.  And it makes me feel guilty.  But that guilt is not what God desires.

I’m not saying you ignore grief or bad circumstances that are happening in your life or that you throw a party for a sad time.  But I believe Paul was telling the Thessalonians in I Thessalonians 5:16 -18 that it is okay to be joyful in the down times because worrying gets us nowhere.  Be joyful and pray continually and keep on giving thanks to the One who is in control of it all.

‘” A spiritually dry time can happen when we allow the goodness of our Heavenly Father to be camouflaged by all our heartbreak.”  – Kaylene Yoder

Read that line again.

When we let our heartbreak and our worry camouflage the joy and goodness that our Heavenly Father is giving us, then we can get spiritually dry.  We can get down and depressed.

Let’s vow today – just starting with one day – to give that one heavy load to Jesus and find joy and goodness in today.  You don’t have to look down the road to the future.  You don’t even have to look to tomorrow.  But just for today, don’t let your heartbreak camouflage your joy.

Let’s do this together.  Slowly. Hand. It. Over. To. God.

Now, breathe.  And allow JOY to enter your soul.  One. Day. At. A. Time.

3 thoughts on “Guilty Joy?

  1. Karen

    I cannot tell you in words how this spoke to me today. I want to thank you for writing/blog/sharing with us. I have been a Christian for many years and still I have trouble letting go and letting God. Thank you SO much for taking the time to do this and help all of us!

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    1. Deanna Young Post author

      Karen, thank YOU for taking time to share with me. I always write what is on my heart – usually what I am going through or things that touch me. It really is a personal journey for me as I write my posts. Sometimes I wonder if people ever get anything out of what I write but I feel God telling me to keep on doing it because I love it so much. Thank YOU for encouraging me. Praying for you specifically today.

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  2. Laurie Hannus

    I can relate do much to your post today. The day my dad passed away last year, I was preparing to go to Savannah on a mini trip with my best friend… I wanted so badly to do the right thing. Whatever the right thing is…I looked to God and my mom for answers. Things fell into place so I could join my friend and she was the best person to be with at that time….my hubby, son and brother were here for my mom. My Dad would have wanted it that way. God works in wonderful ways, even in our darkest days. God bless.

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