JOY IS WORTH FIGHTING FOR  By DeAnza Duron

JOY IS WORTH FIGHTING FOR  By DeAnza Duron

IF THERE IS ONE CHECKPOINT THAT HAS DEFINED MY LIFE IT WOULD BE: “So how is my joy level at this moment”? It’s like a “step back, look at yourself and be really honest!” SELF DARE!!

It’s just way to easy to get on our soapboxes and blame the world and everyone in it… for OUR lack of faith, love  or patience, OUR feelings of being overwhelmed, insecurity, confusion, self pity, need of a strategy, and even a lifestyle of overthinking and over complicating life!!

Wow! That hurt! Granted, truth has a “sting” to it at times! BUT, DECEIVING OURSELVES BY BELIEVING LIES WILL EVENTUALLY DESTROY US!!

I’m talking about BEING WILLING TO “OWN” OUR PART OF THE CHALLENGES (which is a great, positive word for PROBLEMS!).

It becomes a real problem when we start blaming others for our attitudes, reactions and feelings. It’s a problem when we lose our resilient spirit and feel like giving up! It’s a real problem when our love for our family is overshadowed by the frustrations and pain we are feeling.

ONLY I HAVE THE POWER TO MAKE A TURNAROUND IN MY PERSPECTIVE,  MY ACTIONS AND MY EXPECTATIONS! Only I can REFOCUS MY THOUGHTS TO GRATITUDE &, FORGIVENESS.
Good News Alert:

WE HAVE THE POWER TO “JUDGE” OURSELVES, WITHOUT CONDEMNING OURSELVES! We can POSITIVELY ASSESS WEAKNESSES, FEARS AND SELFISHNESS!

We can SPEAK HOPE TO OURSELVES and

DECLARE A BETTER WAY!

If “God’s mercies are NEW EVERY MORNING” (Lamentations 3:22/-33), that means EVERYDAY WE CAN CHOOSE TO HAVE A NEW BEGINNING! For real!!

YOU CAN CHOOSE TO CHANGE!! What does that look like? Many times it is simply small choices that create a NEW DIRECTION & A NEW HOPE!!

SMALL CHANGES MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE!

Of course, the fact is your situation may NOT be fair, simple or easy. The fact is: some challenges are not in your power to change, AND will probably not change for a long time, if ever!  But, until it does change, OR, you are able or WILLING to confront it and move forward…  YOU CAN REFUSE TO LOSE YOUR JOY!!

When we lose our joy, we become negative, critical and blind to our blessings. Our toxic emotions are poison to our physical well-being! Our immunity system becomes ineffective and we are susceptible to disease and depression!

SOMETIMES I SHOUT TO MY INNER BEING:

WAKE UP!! YOUR JOY IS YOUR STRENGTH!
COME ON, GIRL!!
YOU CAN’T LIVE HURT, MAD OR FRUSTRATED!
FIGHT FOR YOUR JOY!!”

I’m smiling as I write this, because it is amazing not only how OFTEN I need this truth… but WHAT A DIFFERENCE THIS TRUTH BRINGS TO MY DAY!

Your joy really is worth fighting for!! I’m praying for you!!

Never Give Up❤️

DeAnza Duron


DeAnza Duron