Something I have been praying over lately is a joyous heart. You know those people that just feel like sunshine when you’re around them? The ones that you can just see the light of Jesus in? I want to be that person. But my flesh is full of negativity and sarcasm, moodiness and agitation. As someone who has trouble hiding her emotions, I reflect those worldly things, rather than the joy, peace, and love that God fills me with when I allow Him to.
The past few months have been a whirlwind of change—good change, hard change, unwelcome change. But God has shown me through it all that no matter how difficult or uncomfortable life feels at times, He is ready and waiting to take the burdens from me to carry as His own. When we hand our lives to Him, He goes to work making beauty out of the mess that overwhelms us.
He has shown me that my joyful heart comes when I allow Him to rid me of the ugly that I so willingly invite to live in me—my short temper, my easy irritation, my quick-to-judge/slow-to-forgive mindset, all the worldly emotions that I welcome into my heart.
Because darkness can’t live where there is Light.
Dying to our flesh daily creates space for the goodness and joy of the Lord to live in us instead.
How blessed are we to be loved by the God of the universe– so full of grace and always willing to save us from ourselves.