Are You Being Robbed of Your Joy?

A woman I met recently discussed something that hit me as incredibly profound:

“Don’t let anything or anyone rob you of your joy.”

As much as I talk about joy and living with joy despite challenging circumstances (and I’m pretty sure I’ve already heard someone say this woman’s exact words), her words spoke deep into my soul.

I’ve carried those words with me since.

I cannot allow circumstances or people to rob me of the joy I have in the Lord.

As mamas (heck, as humans), we’re going to experience a LOT of challenges in our lives. However, we can CHOOSE to not let them rob us of our joy.

Your kids will scream…don’t let them rob you of your joy.

You will scream…don’t let it rob you of your joy.

Your kids will cry…don’t let them rob you of your joy.

You will cry…don’t let it rob you of your joy.

There will always be dirty laundry…don’t let it rob you of your joy.

There will always be dirty dishes…don’t let it rob you of your joy.

The floor will never be clean for more than 10 minutes…don’t let it rob you of your joy.

You and your husband will disagree…don’t let it rob you of your joy.

The car will break down…don’t let it rob you of your joy.

You will be late to things…don’t let it rob you of your joy.

Work will kick your rear end…don’t let it rob you of your joy.

You and your family members will get sick at the most inconvenient times…don’t let it rob you of your joy.

_______________ (fill in the blank)…don’t let it rob you of your joy.

I think you get my point.

As you go about the next few days (and even longer after that), make it a habit to say to yourself, “I’m not going to let this rob me of my joy” when something challenging or frustrating happens.

Even if you’ve had the worst day you can possibly imagine, tell yourself, “I’m not going to let this rob me of my joy.”

Even if tragedy strikes, tell yourself, “I’m not going to let this rob me of my joy.”

One thing I do to keep people or things from robbing me of my joy is to smile even when I don’t feel like it.

Joy isn’t just something that comes out of nowhere. It’s a fire that burns deep within our souls. We must protect it. We cannot let anything or anyone smother the flames.

What comes to mind when you think of something that tends to rob you of your joy? Share in the comments below, then tell us what you can do to keep it from robbing you of your joy.

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2 thoughts on “Are You Being Robbed of Your Joy?

  1. I love this. For me, it’s clutter. I look around and see toys and clothes on the floor, dirty dishes in the sink, unmade beds and mess. It can cloud my vision to where I miss the giggles and fort-building the girls are doing and don’t take the time to sit in the sunshine. Making sure a mess doesn’t rob me of my joy is critical, and why, sometimes, I have to just drop it all and get outside away from the mess to re-align and remember the joy I carry and the people that help to create that joy for me. Excellent post!

    • Thank you, Ashley! Yes, clutter is what gets me, too. Sometimes I can’t see beyond it.

      I love how you said to drop it all, get outside away from it, and re-align.

      You carry so much joy and your family certainly radiates it!