Day 413, Joy for the Asking

Day 413, Joy for the Asking

 
“Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.”
 
John 16:24
 

Tuesday Morning

 
Charlotte Brontë
Preparing For My Day
 
5-10 things I am grateful for:
  • my weight loss (see graph below)
  • my progress with Cronometer
  • my 15-hour intermittent fast last night
  • the 10 commandments
  • ask and you shall receive Bible verses
  • the delicious omelet we had for lunch with spinach, tomatoes, green onions, and mushrooms
 
comments, feelings, ideas, moods, and empowering questions:
Did I realize I could have vibrant joy if I asked the Lord for it?  I asked the Lord for joy this morning and already feel a little lighter.  I will ask and keep asking.
mood and energy:
 
0-100
comments
mood:
80
very stable (no mania or depression)
energy:
70
good except for my knee injury
 
accomplishments:
 
accomplishment
the reason it is important
next action(s)
1
I developed my Earnings Per Notch spreadsheet to track the efficiency of my weight losses.
Computer Ability, Weight Loss
Keep tracking.
2
I got back down to my lowest weight since keeping the spreadsheet:  53.55 kg.
Weight Loss
Stay on your Achieve 50 kg program.
3
I made some progress, developing my JV Life Tracker app.
Programming ability
Gently motivate yourself to do more.
4
I have made almost daily progress on my values for action since April 17, 2019, approximately 6 months.
Values
Keep scoring values in JV Life Tracker.
   
5
I am making 10-week goals for the rest of the year.
Goal-setting
Write down all the goals.
6
I have read about half of A Celebration of Praise: Exciting Prospects for Extraordinary Praise by Dick Eastman and about two-thirds of The Woman Code by Sophia A. Nelson.
Wisdom
Learn from their wisdom.

 

Tuesday Afternoon

 
What a beautiful afternoon it is already!  My husband is watching television silently, making it less distracting than it would be otherwise.  The weather is of a beautiful autumn day.  I am feeling more confident and happy than I have in a long time.
 

Joy for the Asking

 
I read some of last year’s journals this morning, and several times I asked about joy.  How can I get it?  In not one of them did I say to myself, “Just ask for it!”  I thought I had to earn joy.  I forgot that it is a gift!  Joy is a fruit of the Spirit.
 

Joy, Fruit of the Spirit

 
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law” (Galatians 5:22, 23).
 
“These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full” (John 15:11).
 

Joyful Vibrance

 
Since I have an LLC called Joyful Vibrance LLC and have written a book called Joyful Vibrance, you would think that I am an expert on joy.  Not so.  All of that work has merely been my aim to prevent depression, which I seem all too prone to.  I have had joy throughout my life.  However, it has been punctuated by times of distress, even depression.  How can I receive joy in my life more reliably?
 

Path of Life

 
David in the Bible writes, “You have made known to me the path of life; You will fill me with joy in Your presence, with eternal pleasures at Your right hand” (Psalm 16:11).  How do we put ourselves in the presence of the Lord?  What is the path of life?  Is it by following the Lord and letting ourselves be guided by him through the Spirit?  Is it letting him teach us the wisdom we need to find joy?  Perhaps finding joy is not so automatic, but it is doable.  We have to ask.
 

Value of Joy

 
 
In the accomplishments list, I show a report of how I have focused on my values daily.  Even though joy is one of my top ten values, I do not believe I have prayed simply to receive the gift of joy into my life, at least not since I can remember.  Now that I have, will the joy help prevent depression?  I pray that it will.  Fortunately, I have not been depressed for some time.  The wisdom I have applied, such as rooting out cognitive distortions and beating the do nothingism tendency has worked well for me.  I have done a lot of working for joy.  Now I need to do more asking for joy.
 

Prayer

 
 
AFTERNOON Prayer
 
Dear Lord,
 
Allow me to ask, seek, and knock again for vibrant joy.  Guide me on the path of life in your presence.  More and more, I do feel guided.  The inner voice I have not trusted lately cannot be totally wrong.  I just need to be discerning with the help of the Bible.  Help me to do that.
 
Lord, I realize that hard work can bring rewards.  However, I think in becoming too self-reliant, we do not trust you enough.  You are the one working behind the scenes.  Help me to trust you enough to bring more joy into my life.
 
Is there anything more I need to do to open the channels of joy within me?  Just trust you?  Lord, thank you for that assurance!  I am beginning to feel joy again.  Can I teach the way of joy to my readers?
 
Certainly hard work does not hurt, but it is pointless without asking, seeking, and knocking for joy.
Hard work can even take joy out of our lives.  I think my readers have probably experienced that.
 
We want the kind of joy that puts a spring in our step and lightens the burdens we carry.  We want joy that makes us want to complete our tasks, the joy that encourages us to be giving to others, the joy that fosters love in our relationships.  We want joy behind our laughter, behind our smiles, behind our lightheartedness.
What could be more beneficial to the soul than joy?  Joy prevents depression.  It solidifies marriages.  It stimulates creativity, invention, and the bringing forth of new ideas.  It stimulates the enjoyment of nature and the love of all God’s creations.  It makes life a life of happiness–a life worth living.
 
Lord, encourage all my readers to ask, seek, and knock for joy also.
 
Amen.
 
If you would like to join me on this journey from the beginning, please start with Day One.
 
 

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