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One of my good friends recently gave me a necklace that says “choose joy.” I really like this necklace; I feel like it helps me remember the good things in life. It is kind of like writing in my gratefulness journal every day. Every day I try to write three things I am thankful for. It helps with my depression and anxiety.
Sometimes being joyful can be confusing to me. This is one reason why I used to think my depression was wrong. If I am not happy all the time I am not choosing joy. But joy and happiness are not the same thing. It’s okay to struggle with depression and it is important to be sad sometimes. Being joyful means relying on your relationship with God to satisfy you and not relying on worldly things. There will obviously be some situations you will find it difficult to find joy in. While you are going through hardships you may not realize God will use it for good.
When I was struggling very badly with depression and OCD I thought it would never get better. I asked God why he wouldn’t heal me and just make me feel better. Even though I sometimes still wonder this I believe my struggles will help me be an encouragement to other people struggling with the same thing.
Being in quarantine has been hard for me. M.J. has definitely been testing my patience. He has been so clingy and it is very clear he is missing his friends. I’m pretty sure he is an extrovert so I understand it’s hard for him to never be able to leave the house. Although, we have all needed to give each other more grace lately it has been nice to have more quality time as a family. We are able to have some one-on-one time with M.J. before we add another child to our family. I’m trying to remember the good things about quarantine.
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28 NIV
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.” James 1:2-3 NIV