ALL the time to take your JOY away.God gives us His LOVE and that humbles us. It makes us aware that HE can love us like no other.He gives us His peace and that makes us steady..
adjective: steady; comparative adjective: steadier; superlative adjective: steadiest
firmly fixed, supported, or balanced; not shaking or moving.
that's right..... firmly fixed.. fixed on Jesus, and HIS JOY He has for us .IF we are steady, and firmly fixed on Jesus, His JOY is there always.
The Lord makes us JOYFUL , it gives us HIS STRENGTH! It can calm your nerves way better that an ativan, which is a strong med used to treat anxiety.
Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the Lord is your strength.
Joy IS strong. It holds up under fire. It can show up just when life is pressing you. My Pastor's Wife.. I have learned so much from HER during the years. SHE once told me that God transforms your ''raw material'' ( bad thoughts, failures you may have, depression), and makes YOU a trophy for Him. That's my desire... No, I am NOT trying to be Mrs. Perfect, but I am trying to live for Him , and BE MYSELF, and desire to be used for HIM. and at the end of the day, THAT'S ALL THAT MATTERS. PLEASING God, AND then REJOICE!!!! Then, you will have true JOY.. We can see all of these traits in the 12 apostles and disciples. He chose THEM. He picked ordinary people just like you and me...and chose to use THEM, just like HE chooses to use YOU AND ME. if we yield our life and control To HIM .Your strength is made PERFECT in weakness.
When you think you have it bad... visit a loved one who can not walk, or can not drive anymore.. YET, they still praise God.. they still know that GOD loves them.... HE GIVES THEM JOY IN THEIR WEAKNESS..
LAST THOUGHT: not all of life's experiences are going to be bitter.. and when you have these bad experiences.. they make you BETTER.. get you some JOY!
Overcome those things, and people, who try to bring you down... Joy.. JESUS, OTHERS, YOU!