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”
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!