Having a Joyful Heart During the Struggle

There is a truth common to all mankind, regardless of faith and religious affiliation: 

  • you are either in a season, 
  • coming out of a season or 
  • preparing for the next season. 

A common misconception of the Christian life is believers have an easier life than nonbelievers. 

Christians have a hard life. Our life does not get easier the moment we accept Jesus into our heart and the Holy Spirit dwells inside of us. If anything being a believer is hard from a societal aspect.

Numerous believers are shunned from their homes, villages, their family turns against them and they are outcasted. 

Outside of the United States, Christians have to attend church at “underground”and secret churches every week; out of fear that they and or their families will be imprisioned and or killed. 

In recent years anti- Christian movements capture, torture and kill Christians to prove a point. 

For Americans in some ways we have it easy. We are free to practice Christianity without persecution. We do not have the constant fear of the possibility of capture and death. 

However, our lives too are full of seasons of significant and difficult times. 

I do not know about you but the life the Lord has given me is full of one season after another with barely any room to catch a breath before going into the next struggle. The Lord has taught me numerous truths during these seasons:

  • God is always with me (Psalm 46:10-11 “”Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.”
  • I am never alone. Jesus is my only constant companion! (Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”) 
  • God is Faithful! (Deuteronomy 32:4 “The Rock, his work is perfect, for all his ways are justice. A God of faithfulness and without iniquity, just and upright is He.) My life is a testament to this truth. 
  • God can and will carry me through every season. (even if I am kicking and screaming during the process!) — (Psalm 34:19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all.)
  • God knows the plans that He has for me (Jeremiah 29:11) 
  • Lord “Thy will be done”. Your will Lord, not my own (Psalm 25:4-5 Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long.)
  • Having joy regardless of the struggle (James 1:2-4 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.) 

Having joy is a daily practice. Having joy is a result of knowing Christ. Having joy is a reflection of your relationship with Christ.  

It took many years of the Lord being patient with me, breaking parts of myself down, molding me & building me back up and repeating this process for me to actually have joy in the midst of the struggles. 

Joy is a reflection of the heart.

Your world may be falling apart around you.  

You may be at your own personal rock bottom.

Take heart! There is healing in this process! The Lord HAS A PURPOSE in this season. 

God is good all the time! 

How has the Lord shown you how to have Joy in the middle of the storm? Share your experience in the comments! 

@2017 Brandi R.

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