Have you ever struggled to find joy during Christmas? I know I have.
Over the years there have been may Christmas seasons where I lost my joy. Some of the reasons behind the lack of joy during Christmas’ past were: the loss of a loved one, not enough money to pay my bills, sickness in my body, my husband serving on deployments, and being far away from family and friends.
But you know what? I realized that while the circumstances that I named above were not fun nor joyful in and of themselves, I set out to find joy no matter what. As I began to seek God and ask Him to help restore my joy, I was reminded where my joy comes from. And that, my dear sisters, is why I try to focus my heart solely upon the One who gives me joy unspeakable – Jesus.
While grieving is and feeling down are a natural part of life, God doesn’t want us to stay there forever. God wants us to be full of joy more often than not. Today I am going to share with you four ways to find joy this Christmas, even if your circumstances are not presenting joy.
4 Ways to Find Joy This Christmas
1. In God’s Word
If there is one place that I have found complete joy during my darkest hours in life, it has been solely while spending time reading the Bible. There are so many wonderful promises in God’s Word, I can’t help but walk away with hope and joy after reading it. It never disappoints.
Because the word of God is living and active it shows me exactly what the intent of my heart is (Hebrews 4:12). By knowing exactly what is inside of my own heart, I am able to ask God to help me remove the obstacle and focus on what really matters most. This has helped me to find joy in any situation. While it isn’t always easy, God will meet us right where we are at and He will fill us with the oil of joy!