This question was asked on another site I belong to and I thought I would post my answer here to see if anyone in my team feels, or could come to feel, the same way.
How can we be in joy at all times? Well, I can only say what does it for me, because I am in joy all the time. Even when I lose someone I love and miss them, I have joy knowing that like me, they will one day be with the Lord. Even though I'm in pain 24/7 from fibromyalgia, morbid obesity *(which I'm working on Diligently!!) High blood pressure, bipolar, PTSD, anxiety, and eating disorders, (working on those too :) ) heart disease, and spinal injuries, I have joy.
This is why...
1. I know who I am, love myself, accept and embrace myself, know that through God I am worthy of love, hope and happiness and I have them all in spades.
2. I am actively motivated and doing something the doctors can't do for me, but that God can! I'm losing weight, eating RIGHT, exercising in my water programs at the spa, going to therapy which I need less and less, and have written out all my goal, and the workable plans to achieve them while continuing to build on my hopes and dreams for things not attained yet...such as a house, and being able to hike and camp with my husband, and ride on my first rollercoaster.
3. I am adored by my husband.
4. I have two adopted mother's, a huge amount of friends, many of them best friends, and a great church family, all of whom, include me in their lives, encourage me in my goals, and uplift me with all that they too have had to overcome.
We are poor in money but rich in all the truly important things in life and even if I get depressed once in a while due to my bipolar disease...I've got joy in my spirit and I don't stay that way long anymore...this from a woman who lived in the shadow of suicide and despair from age 12 to 43. I'm 48 now and doing great. God has blessed me in so many ways, and there have been so many miracles that nothing affects me negatively for long. It took many years to reach the state I live in daily now, and it's not something that can be taught. One must go through the fire, overcome their circumstances and learn wisdom from them and grow stronger because of them to attain it. I can honestly say that all the tragedy, heartbreak of betrayal and losing everything I owned once, as well as the molestations when I was a child through the rapes of my adulthood, that I am a strong, loving, giving woman that can endure anything life throws at me, and while horrible and damaging at the time, was worth it to get where I am now!
Mind you...There is a big distinction from being happy all the time, which is impossible, you can be happy going to a movie or out on a date and sad being alone or in an arguement. JOY can be a constant thing in the faith and security of our spiritual wellbeing.
This is how I can be in joy all the time.
Edited by: PAMIJANE at: 3/1/2008 (16:37)
I can do ALL things through Christ, which strengthens me. Phillipians 4:16
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