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Six Key Steps to Finding Joy In Your Everyday Life

July 22nd, 2013 by Grace in Inspirations

Did you ever wonder what the difference is between being happy and being joyful? I used to wonder the same thing.  Happiness is fleeting.  It’s based on what’s going on in your life at the moment.  You finally buy that designer item you’ve been wanting for a long time and it makes you happy.  Then, once you get home, cut the tags off and use it for a day or two and that happy feeling is gone.  It’s on to the next thing.

Joy is forever.  Joy is knowing that whatever you’re going through, God will work it out for your greater good.  Joy allows you to feel peace in every situation or challenge in life, even the most difficult ones.  Joy is having a personal relationship with the One who loves you unconditionally.  Joy is divine.

So how do we find and feel this Joy God wants His children to have?  We can’t just wake up and decide we want joy.  We need to go and get it.

I’d like to share 6 simple steps that I believe will help get you on your way to finding joy in everyday life.

1. Spend 5 minutes or more just being in the presence of God.  You don’t have to do or say anything, just simply allow God to love you by faith.  During this time; ideas, thoughts, reminders come forward in your mind. That’s God urging you to do something.  At the end, write down what came to your heart and mind.

2. Do what God tells you because action causes satisfaction.  For example, if He reminds you to call someone you’ve been meaning to call don’t put it off.  Perhaps He tells you to forgive someone that hurt you.  He might ask you to ask for forgiveness of someone you hurt.  The things God brings up in our heart are not to hurt us, but to heal us so we can move forward and get past it.

3. Take time to journal what you’re grateful for everyday.  List at least 5 things in your journal.  God gives us countless blessings and once we see them in black and white, it helps us to feel connected to Him.  Be mindful of the little things.  It’s those things that will bring you the most joy.  God is in the details.

4. Call, go out to lunch or spend some time with a joyful person.  Attitudes are contagious.  Find that go to person so that when you’re feeling a little down, they’ll make you laugh.  Laughter is aerobics for the soul. It’s the best medicine.  God is the author of humor. Sometimes, I just sit and think of some of the things He’s created, i.e., the porcupine and it makes me laugh.

5. Read and learn God’s promises. He left us the manual of life, The Bible.  The answers to all of life’s questions are written for us.  If you’re feeling doubtful or fearful replace those thoughts with God’s promises to you. The more you know what God says, the more you can chase away negative thoughts and feelings. When I feel doubtful about my ability to do something I know God wants me to do I say, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13. Whatever we are dealing with at the time, there’s a scripture verse that will encourage and strengthen you. God’s Word is supernatural and transcends all understanding. We just have to claim His promises.

6. Be a blessing to someone today and everyday.  Ask God to put a person in your path that you can bless with your gifts and talents.  It doesn’t have to cost money.  It could simply be to smile at a stranger.  Hold the door open for the person behind you. Pay for someone’s coffee.  Offer your God given gifts or talents for free to help someone in need.  You might be their only answer.  When you take your mind off yourself and help someone else, God will work on your situation.

“Give and it will be given to you.  A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap.  For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”  Luke 6:38

God asks us to bless others not to make us busier, but He knows the joy it will bring to our own life when we do.

These are only a few steps you can start today to increase your joy level.  I’m sure you can add your own to mine.  The most important thing is to do something.  Remember that God delights in giving you the desires of your heart.

4 Responses to “Six Key Steps to Finding Joy In Your Everyday Life”

  1. Maryann says:

    Dear Grace, I have done some of the steps you listed for a long time. Since attending meditation Monday I have read the bible more often & am trying to learn some uplifting scripture by heart. My new focus must be to journel because we often forget how God works on an everyday basis in our life. The other step I do everyday is to thank God everyday for something that happened during the day no matter how small. It keeps me greatful for Gods continuous blessings in my life. Thank you for helping me with my journey, you are truly a blessing and your name is meant for you because you are a woman Full of Grace.

    • Grace says:

      Thank you for your encouraging words, Maryann! It’s truly a blessing having you at Meditation Mondays. I’m honored to be a part of your faith journey.

  2. Maria Goodwin says:

    Great post! I find I often feel joyless with the monotony of every day life and responsibilities. Keeping a mental list of all the blessings in my life, big and small, helps me to keep things in perspective. I have so much abundance in my life and I am truly grateful to God for his infinite love!

  3. Florence from St Joseph HS says:

    Thank you Grace for these amazing steps!

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