Navigating life is one of the most challenging things we will ever do.
Our life’s relationships, hopes, efforts and daily routine’s tend to bring out the best and bring out the worst in us; moreover, we all have dealt with sadness on some level.
So how can we overcome sadness?
I believe that many of us are dealing with sadness and we don’t know it, yet it creeps up in our walk with Christ and the hope we carry for our present and for our future.
However God has a plan for us that empowers our daily lives to overcome all the obstacles we face, including sadness.
“sorrow and sighing will flee away.”Isaiah 35:10
This can be our reality as a Christ follower!
So how do we practically overcome being sad?
The first thing we can do is choose to be thankful. This may seem basic yet we underestimate how powerful thanksgiving is in our lives. When we are unthankful for what we have or what God is doing it perpetuates sadness since we are focused on what is not.
“enter into His gates with thanksgiving.”Psalms 100:4
We enter God’s presence with thanksgiving; moreover, we can champion life with it.
This week I encourage you to remember what He has done by allowing His love to wash away the sadness of what is broke or what didn’t happen; He is greater!
The second thing we can do is receive Christ’s joy. Joy is a powerful force that lifts our attitudes, our outlook, and our interaction with others. Sadness will bow it’s knee to the Joy of the Lord as we can daily arise to new places of peace and rest.
“the joy of the Lord is your strength.”Nehemiah 8:10
Our strength in God stems from our joy; therefore, we must be determined that sadness will not be a part of our life.
When we thank God for what He has done, joy comes. These two are connected and these two trump sadness.
It’s not wrong to be sad because it’s a part of our human experience; however, if we allow sadness to take control in us, then it becomes wrong. I encourage you to practice thanksgiving and to receive His joy daily!
No matter our past, our pain or our experience we can win in life. I believe the best is yet to come.
Have a great week and may the Lord daily give us strength.
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