JM’s Journal: Is It Possible to Cultivate a More Joyful Heart?


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Is It Possible to Cultivate a More Joyful Heart?

Seeking to Find Joy in Every Aspect of My Life

by J.M. Troppello


“Every single second is an opportunity to change your life, because in any moment you can change the way you feel.” – Rhonda Byrne

I believe that it is possible to cultivate a more joyful heart.


Yes, I know that there is a difference between joy and happiness.


According to Dictionary.com, “Joy means a feeling of great pleasure and happiness.


Dictionary.com states, “Happiness is the state of being happy.”


The distinction between joy and happiness for the Christian may sometimes be blurred.


However, there is a difference.

I believe that God wants you to have joy through all of life. Yet, He doesn’t expect you to be happy all the time—especially when you are dealing with struggles and hard times.


Finding Joy in the Lord


Then he said to them, “Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” (Neh. 8:10, NKJV)


The joy of the Lord is my strength.


That statement is true in my life. My joy is found in the Lord and in my relationship with Him. It is found in the comfort of the Holy Spirit who gives me strength.


It is not found in the struggle, but through the struggle as God gives me the strength to keep going, the grace to keep loving and forgiving myself and others, and the joy to face another day.


How to Cultivate a More Joyful Heart


You can cultivate a more joyful heart.


A merry heart does good, like medicine, But a broken spirit dries the bones. (Proverbs 17:22, NKJV)

Cultivating a joyful heart starts with implementing the following steps in your life:


  • Eternal Focus – II Cor. 4:17 says that the light afflictions that you face now will be far outweighed by the exceeding weight of glory in Heaven. Yes, there are difficult obstacles and troubles in this life. However, when you remember that you are only a pilgrim on this earth and passing through, and that your real home is in Heaven—your perspective changes. That starts to develop a heart of joy in your life.


  • Thankfulness – I know I share a lot about being grateful, but that is so important if you want to cultivate a joyful heart. Be thankful for what you have, and don’t get bitter over what you don’t have.


  • Praise God – This can be extremely difficult to do, especially when you’re dealing with hardships. However, I know from experience that if you develop a lifestyle of praise, it will be much easier to praise God in the good times and the bad times.


  • Communication – Keep the lines of communication open with God. When you stop praying daily, it is very difficult to get back on track with consistent prayer again.


  • Support – Cultivate a support group of trusted family, friends, and church members who can encourage you during difficult times. When life is good for you and you have the capacity to encourage others, be there for your support network as well. Work together as a symbiotic unit to develop joy in your lives.


The Takeaway


Life is not easy.


Yet, when you cultivate a joyful heart, that can make even the rainy days better. Don’t be fooled. It will take hard work to develop joyfulness in your life—especially if you are a glass half-empty kind of person.


Thankfully, I’m a glass half-full type of person. I am always looking for the silver linings in life. That has brought me one step closer toward cultivating a joyful heart.


Wherever you find yourself at in this journey of life, choosing to cultivate a joyful heart can exponentially change your life for the better.

 

About the Author


J.M. Troppello at Mustard Seed Sentinel

J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.


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