Renewed Joy

Written by: Melissa Lefevers

Do you ever feel like life gets a little bit like a routine? You get up, get ready for work, if you have kids you get them off to school. You head to work, work hard at your job. Head home for endless chores, and getting dinner ready. Through in the weekly after school activities for you children, family events, church, and anything else that may come up. It can seem like the same thing day in and day out. Slowly somehow there is no joy in it anymore.

Maybe thats not you at all. Maybe you are dealing with a parent being ill, or maybe even you yourself are ill. Maybe your days are filled with taking care of someone else or someone taking care of you. Everyday is the same thing, brings the same steady routine. Slowly no joy at all.

Just maybe your in a situation like most of us here in North Georgia were the flu virus, stomach bug, and strep throat is running rampant in the schools. Every time the phone rings I pray its not the school informing me one of my children is sick. We have been sick with various bugs for at least two months and this girl needs a break. No joy in this at all.

Truth be told I often need a break from the everyday as well. The daily routine and hum of life. For me the steady hum of things can cause me to lose my joy just as much as the uproar of a sick home. I know it sounds crazy but it just becomes to familiar.

It becomes to mundane and I tend to lose my joy for what I am doing. Have you ever been there? Gotten tired because of all the work or even tired because maybe all the work goes unnoticed? I have.

My son and I were watching Netflix the other day, ( Yes, he was home with the flu. It is my life lately) and something hit me in the movie he was watching. It was about a Junior Hockey Team that was headed to the Olympics. They started playing sloppy and fighting with each other. A young boy from the city challenged them to a game of street hockey. They went and as they played for fun they all got there joy back. They remembered why they started playing in the first place.

All I could think was thats it!! That’s how you get your joy back. When life gets down, remember why you do it. When life gets hard remember the one who hold you. When life gets messy remember the first time you trusted Jesus as your Savior. I immediately thought of the words penned by David in Psalm 51: 10-12.

Create in me a pure heart, O God,
    and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me from your presence
    or take your Holy Spirit from me. 
Restore to me the joy of your salvation
    and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

We need to go back. Take our minds and go back to the start. Then ask God to renew and restore. Ask God to pour out his spirit again and watch how our joy is restored. Remember all the good, lovely, wonderful things. Remember why you have joy in the first place.

You can do it sweet friends. I can do it. All we need is to remember and the joy that was there from the beginning will be renewed. Will you try it today? Will you go back and ask God to restore to you your joy? You will be so glad you did.