Sunday, October 17, 2010

Joy Thief

I have a great life.  I have a wonderful husband who loves me and encourages me in all my efforts.  My kids are terrific.  I have sisters who are friends.  I get to stay home and homeschool.  I am free to worship my Lord as I feel led.  We have a house—for now—and more than we need of material possessions.  All is well.

And yet I still struggle with losing my joy for life.  Criticisms cut too deeply.  Defeat is too devastating.  Inertia is an enemy; personal failure is a too-constant companion.

Why do I allow for these things?  I know Truth.  I’ve done the studies, heard the sermons and even delivered the pep talks.  And still I fall victim to the trappings of depression.

I’ve got to snap out of it.  More importantly, I need to recognize triggers and avoid them like the proverbial plague.  In fact, that is a pretty proper analogy.  When I lose my joy, it is as though I am sick.

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