Surrender your mind to the Lord at the beginning of each day.
This sounds simple right? However, many of us miss out on the joy of the Lord because we reach for something other than Him first thing in the morning.
Start with a focused prayer of surrender and your heart, mind, and actions of the day to the Lord and watch your joy be transformed.
"Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life." Psalm 143:8
2. Let the Holy Spirit Renew Your Mind through the Word
Cultivating joy is not something we can do by our own power. We need help from the Holy Spirit. But it is incredibly hard to receive this help when our Bibles are closed.
Take time this week to read a section of scripture each day, meditate, and pray on it and watch your joy be transformed.
"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope." Romans 15:13
3. Practice Thanksgiving
It is hard to be bitter when you are thankful. When I went through my journey with breast cancer, I kept a gratitude journal. It helped me cultivate joy during a very hard season by appreciating the small things. This week, keep a list of things that happen each day that you are thankful for, and watch your joy be transformed.
"Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
4. Guard Your Mind
Sometimes you cannot control the thoughts that enter your mind. But can control the thoughts you dwell on.
It has been said:
“Dwelling on the negative simply contributes to its power.”
It is hard to talk and listen at the same time. Cultivate joy by guarding your mind from dwelling on the negative by speaking the positive promises of scripture out loud. Singing works just as well too!
"Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things." Philippians 4:6
What is your favorite way to cultivate joy during tough seasons?