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Eliminate Dread – Retain Joy – January 27 Devotions


Eliminate dread. Retain joy. Sounds like a plan to me! Implementing the plan, however, requires more effort than is possible sometimes, if we have really allowed dread to build up a stronghold in our lives. Joy is a much better alternative than dread, though, so it would be worth the effort to eliminate joy so we can retain joy in our lives.



Here’s today’s devotional thought…

People dread many things,

 and most don’t realize what dread does to them.

It sucks the joy right out of the present moment.

The life God has provided for us,

through Jesus Christ,

is a precious gift

and we should enjoy every moment of it.

Dread is insidious

and can insert itself into even

the most innocuous of circumstances.

Pray and ask God to show you

every time you begin to dread any task

or something lurking in your future

that  you’re not quite sure of.

Merely eliminating dread from your life

 will release more of your God-given confidence

and help you experience more joy.

Pray: Lord, make me aware of what I dread.

It’s such a part of my life

that it’s easy to not even notice.

Help me to retain my joy

and walk in all the confidence

You’ve given me. Amen.”

–Joyce Meyer in “The Confident Woman Devotional”


My reflections:

This is another timely devotional (funny how often that happens) because I’ve been consciously battling feelings of dread about a situation, and choosing to focus on more positive things going on. Staying busy helps, too! I prefer to be joyful and move forward in faith, than remain depressed and fearful.


So what are YOUR thoughts?

Do you struggle with dread? Is there anything in your life right now that causes those feelings?


Our little Kitty brothers, Loki and Thor!


  1. Robin Rue (@massholemommy)

    That sounds good to me, too, but it’s easier said than done 🙂

    27 . Jan . 2016
  2. Dreamhowl

    I think I sometimes fear and dread the future, which can’t be attracted very good things. I sometimes forget to focus on the positive in everything. I hope to turn that around this year. 🙂
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    27 . Jan . 2016
  3. Elizabeth O.

    That’s normally what ruins our vision on the future. But if we look at things in a more positive light, we feel better and dread less.

    27 . Jan . 2016
  4. Tamuria

    Dread really does suck the joy out of everything. It takes discipline to focus on the positive and turn it around, once it takes hold. Staying busy works for me too.
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    27 . Jan . 2016
  5. angie

    worry is something we often do to much dread runs hand in hand with worry Joy is a gift that we have but when we let it get ran over life can become more dangerous
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    27 . Jan . 2016
  6. Salma

    Dread is such a strong words and brings to the surface, many thoughts. And I agree, focusing on the joy is so important.
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    27 . Jan . 2016
  7. Ariel @ Keys to My Life

    I struggle with fear more than dread. I tend to think of every possible negative outcome of a situation – and embellish it!
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    28 . Jan . 2016
  8. Vatsala Shukla

    I don’t really experience dread, Karen, except when my premonition kicks in about something that will affect me – usually a bereavement. It doesn’t happen too often and I’ve learned with time to immediately pray to God to give me strength to bear what I know is coming, no matter in what form because I cannot change this part of future, only prepare myself.
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    28 . Jan . 2016
  9. Ana De- Jesus

    Your kitties are adorable!I agree let us be joyful this winter.
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    28 . Jan . 2016
  10. michelle

    i struggle with dread when it comes to going back to my home town because of my relationship with my sister. i wish that wasn’t an area with dread but it is
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    28 . Jan . 2016
  11. Lee-Anne

    Just what I needed to hear today. Thanks for the reminder to keep on believing.
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    28 . Jan . 2016
  12. nicole escat

    Sounds so so good to me. and help me lord to walk with confident.

    28 . Jan . 2016
  13. Mardene Carr

    I can’t really think of anything that I approach with dread. I am a Christian so that steers my life mostly and though I may be apprehensive about some things, I am confident that all will be well
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    28 . Jan . 2016
  14. Eugenia

    Sometimes yes, but I try to be positive and go forward 🙂
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    28 . Jan . 2016
  15. Lexie Lane

    Sometimes, but that is normal. This post sound good to me.

    28 . Jan . 2016
  16. Sandy

    Good words……thank you.
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    28 . Jan . 2016
  17. Delia Rusu

    I’ve learned in more than one situation that you really do attract what you think of most of the time. So that’s why I’m kicking worry and dread to the curb. I tell myself that I can’t control everything and that everything will be alright in the end.

    I also find that keeping busy, talking to people, and finding ways to help others really gives you purpose and gets your mind off negative things.
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    28 . Jan . 2016
  18. Eileen

    I dread of not being able to find a decent paying online job to help with the family’s finances. I recently got laid off, which in part, I think is a good thing because my health was slipping because of the crazy hours I had at work. Now that I have to pick up the pieces of my income-generating life, I fear I may not have enough to get through the next few months. My only hope – that God will lead me to the right path.
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    28 . Jan . 2016
  19. Amber

    I think dread and worry seem to go hand and hand. I was always told worry was a sin because it meant I didn’t have faith in God that he would take care of things. However it is a hard thing to not do. But to keep it a constant reminder and instead pray for his help and to bring joy in the moment tend to help.
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    28 . Jan . 2016
  20. Roslyn Tanner Evans

    Never been a worrier & don’t think of dread. Health situations of loved ones concern me, but dread or worry or fear will not make the difference or empower me to support them.

    28 . Jan . 2016
  21. Liz Mays

    Right now I don’t dread anything, but I most definitely have many times. It’s a horrible sinking feeling!
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    28 . Jan . 2016
  22. Ayesha

    Yikes! Worrying is a sin and we just need to focus on our goals. We can do it, show them what you deserve!

    28 . Jan . 2016
  23. Maddie

    Dread does suck the joy out of life. Your kitties are super adorable.

    28 . Jan . 2016
  24. Alana

    I am struggling with dread right now. I’m being seen by a specialist for some symtoms. I will have some testing done next week. One of the possibilities is cancer. But, although the specialist says I do not have the normal risk factors, I admit to feeling some dread.
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    28 . Jan . 2016
  25. Angela at Daysinbed

    I think if we have faith in me believe and trust we do not need to fear. Angela from Daysinbed
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    28 . Jan . 2016
  26. OurFamilyWorld

    I think all of us do. It’s a horrible feeling, but prayers always work.
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    28 . Jan . 2016
  27. Michelle

    The word dread reminds me of fear which is not good. I prefer trust in God to remove fear from my mind.

    28 . Jan . 2016
  28. Ana

    It may sound obvious but those two things are the key to success!
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    28 . Jan . 2016
  29. Rosey

    Perfect timing. I was dreading something I have to do this weekend, but I’m going to just enjoy it instead.
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    29 . Jan . 2016
  30. Beverley Golden

    Having read your comment on my pets post, I LOVE seeing your two baby brother cats…Loki and Thor. How precious! As far as dread, as I started reading I thought of all the people who “dread” exercising. Funny that that is the one thing that came to mind for me. What do I dread in my own life? Nothing speaks very loudly actually. Sometimes I “dread” driving downtown as there is so much traffic and it is challenging to find a parking spot. I’m not sure I use the word dread though. Often that feeling might even stop me from doing it and going. I guess if something illicits “dread” in me, I most likely will not do it. I will ponder this some more.
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    29 . Jan . 2016
  31. Shaylee @ Data Nerds

    I love your kitties! I have struggled with worrying and dread for a long time and I feel like it’s taken me years to even start to get past it. Once you learn how you wonder how you ever worried so much in the first place 🙂
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    29 . Jan . 2016
  32. melandria romero

    yes, we are the one who can make our life happy, do not dwell on negative and sad things and make joy enter .
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    30 . Jan . 2016
  33. Amy Jones

    Loved the devotions that you shared. We all need more joy in our lives

    30 . Jan . 2016
  34. Patranila

    Great message. Needed this today!

    31 . Jan . 2016
  35. Holly @ Woman Tribune

    Oh my goodness, look at those adorable kitties! Loki and Thor are some pretty perfect names, too. They look so cozy!
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    03 . Feb . 2016
  36. Miranda (Anosa)

    I used to dread the future but these days I take each day as it comes. Great post
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    03 . Feb . 2016

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