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When in Doubt, Choose Joy

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Don’t Look Back, You’re Not Going That Way

We all have past experiences and they were positive and negative events. Most of the time we only want the positives to be written indelibly in our hearts or minds because these are the moments that we want to treasure for the rest of our lives while the negative ones are being omitted as if they did not become part of our lives. We definitely don't want to look back and don't want to remember those negative events because they were like nightmares to us and it doesn't give us joy in our hearts and peace in our minds.

Here are the things that you can do so you won't be tempted to look back:

  • Enjoy the moment with your family - There are no other things that will give us joy apart from being with our family. This is the happiest moment that we could ever have. If we are with our family, the size of the house will not even matter because so long as you are living a happy life, simple and loving, supporting and taking care of each other that is more than enough.
  • Catch up with a friend - We all need a friend that we can talk to because I know there are times that we cannot open ourselves to our family, so if we need to talk to someone aside from our family, talk to a friend that you really trust. A presence of a friend is also something we can treasure especially if they are a good listener and adviser.
  • Pray about your doubts and worry no more - Being doubted about something is normal and humans tend to mess up things and that is a reality and we cannot avoid it. But just because we can doubt something, doesn't mean we can make it a habit. Sometimes a private talk with God will make a lot of things easier. He is just one prayer away.
  • Put a big smile on your face - Our lips are placed on our face so we can show our prettiest smile in the world. Our life is too short to use our lips just to pout the whole day and be worried. Let's choose to be happy to see those eyes and lips smiling.
  • Be in control of your emotions - Even if our pasts hurt us, let us not just consider them as negative, for sure there are some that can be considered as a lesson in life. From that negative event, we can definitely learn from it and you are not meant to be hurt your whole life. If there was rain, sunshine will show up again to give you hope because life doesn't end there for anything. So if you are not okay, it is fine to take time to let your emotion subside first before you jump into a resolution.

God Said "Rejoice"

We are obeying God if we rejoice in times of hardships or in all circumstances in our lives and we are going to be rewarded in heaven.

“Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you." Matthew 5:11

This may be hard to do when we are already in that position, but remember, God will help you through whatever brings you weakness. God is our source of strength and He will definitely give you that. He can also give you the comfort that you need. There is nothing too difficult for God. He can move the mountains in your toughest situation.

I know we cannot just smile while we are in the middle of crying because we are in pain, that is way too hard to do. Remember, we don't want our emotions to be our ruler, we can always choose to calm down and let the emotion subside. The best suggestion to help your emotions subside is to listen to Christian worship songs. They do help to subside emotions, it may take a while but definitely effective.

After listening to some worship songs, you can start reading the bible. In reading the bible we can get lots of words of encouragement from God. The whole truth is in the bible not in our past experiences. If your past is bombarding you, open the book that is full of truths about you, the Bible.

Choose to rejoice!


Bible Verses

Allow me to share these with you all.

Psalm 37:3-5

Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act.

Romans 5:3

More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance.


Worship Songs for You

  • Touch of Heaven - David Funk | Worship Night - YouTube
    "Touch of Heaven" sung by David Funk live at Bethel Church| Episode 3 of 4 from a special Sunday worship night | Worship Leader - David Funk | @thedavidfunk2...
  • Rejoice - YouTube
    Provided to YouTube by Universal Music GroupRejoice · Chris TomlinSee The Morning℗ 2006 Sparrow Records/sixstepsrecordsReleased on: 2006-01-01Producer: Ed Ca...
  • You Do All Things Well - YouTube
    Provided to YouTube by Universal Music GroupYou Do All Things Well · Chris TomlinArriving℗ 2004 sixstepsrecords/Sparrow RecordsReleased on: 2004-01-01Produce...

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