It’s my smile and I’m Keeping It

Hello Loves

Question: How many of you can honestly say that you went through an entire day without letting something or someone steal your joy? Even if only for a split second.

I sure know I can’t! I can have the best day yet I can still think of times when I let my joy slip. Dogs barking at every little blowing leaf, bad drivers, forever long checkout lines at a store. Or maybe something bigger is happening that is consuming your day, racing thoughts and a mind full of “what ifs” all making it hard to concentrate on anything. I’ve had and still have my share of days like this. In fact the last few days I’ve had these consuming thoughts about an area in my life that I just can’t seem to shake.

I’m the type of person who likes to be in control, I do not like being told what to do. Nor do I enjoy having someone or some circumstance control my life. If I have an area in my life that I don’t like; I change it. However this area or circumstance is something that has proven to be my biggest challenge. I’m not ready to spill out all the details because I honestly don’t know how to do so in an appropriate way. I still hold onto a lot of built up anger. God is working on me to change that though and I have seen progress. I say it’s my biggest challenge because I’ve had to let go of my control (or at least the control I thought I had) and completely hand it over to God. For someone who hates to be told no this is a struggle. When I feel the urge to lash out in anger or defy in what some might call stubbornness. I hear that still small voice on my heart saying “NO” and it hurts SO much to let it go but I understand that it’s what God wants me to do and in the end I will be rewarded for my obedience.

Well this morning I woke up, thanked God for my day and that my husband and brother made it in safely from the storm job they were on all night. I went about my morning in good spirits but, the enemy started to creep his way in….again… Filling my mind with those pesky “what if’s” I started to dwell on these thoughts. But before I let it get too far I stopped and prayed and I was quickly reminded one very important thing. I may not have total control over this situation in my life but I do have total control on how I respond to it. I’ve declared that I will no longer let the enemy steal my joy! The enemy is trying his hardest to steal my smile and take away from my amazing life and each time I cave and fight back I’m giving into him. This wreaks my whole day, and my families day. Because if Momma ain’t happy nobody’s happy. Well I’m done with that!

Its going to be so hard but I know that this is a test and I know that God is watching my every action. I will succeed at this for myself and for my family. I’m choosing joy over anger.

” Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.” James 1:2-3

Do you have an area in your life that the enemy is stealing your joy? Wether it be big or small stop giving him the satisfaction of taking your smile. Claim what’s yours!!

-xo Ashley

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