Joyful or Crushed?

We all go through times when we feel weak and have nothing more to give when the demands of daily life seem too much. This world is full of losses: family and friends passing away, fires taking away your home, vehicles breaking down, jobs cutting your hours, and so much more.

I don’t want to focus on all the losses we have or face daily. How can we change this?

Proverbs 17:22 states: “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.”

What and how do I have a merry heart? It is what you listen to, watch, and even talk about, what you do moment by moment, day by day.

When raising my kiddos, I started feeling a heaviness in my heart. I would tell them it was movie time. I was an apartment complex manager, and people would come to our door. When I said, “movie time,” each of my children had a job. One would put a sign on our door stating, “Family time knock only if an emergency,” another would shut all the shades (making it feel like a theater), and one would get to pick out a funny movie to watch. I would make popcorn or popcorn balls. This always restored joy in my home.

So even now, I must do this when I feel a “crushed spirit,” and the joy isn’t in my heart.

Whether you watch a funny movie, take a nap, or turn up the praise music. Do something to restore the joy in your heart.

Pastor Mary

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Mary Yaw

Mary is on a mission to provide a cozy welcoming, safe place where you can find H.O.P.E. for the future.