It is so easy for our joy to be stolen each day if we allow it. I know I personally struggle with this – being unwittingly influenced by what I see on social media when I wake up each day. We have to consciously work toward building a new state of mind that is God-defined. We have to renew our minds and think in a positive light if we walk to walk with joy and peace. I thought it would be a great reminder to myself to look at some characteristics of a joy-filled woman! These characteristics are something any of us can work toward building if we want to walk in peace, joy, and of course happiness. Maybe they'll help you too?
5 Characteristics of A Joy-Filled Woman
We have a choice to get upset, angry or frustrated, or look at things like the glass is half full not half empty. When you turn to God's Word he will teach you how to build up faith, and walk in peace and conquer any obstacle that comes in your way. When you put on that full armor of God, nothing can shake you, and you will feel empowered and walk in joy. As women, we juggle so many things, and it is easy to get discouraged, but with the right tools God gives us, we can find joy in each area of our lives.
A joy-filled woman:
1. Deliberately Chooses Positive Surroundings
When you are struggling to feel joyful, place yourself around positive people who help lift you up (1 Corinthians 15:33). Have you ever been around someone and every time you leave you to feel bad about yourself or down and out? Those type of people are not healthy for our minds. Try and find good people to surround yourself with. Granted in some areas like work, we can't choose who to be around. And when we're serving or volunteering, it's not about us. But in other parts your life, try to limit interactions and pray for those people that you find hurt you.
2. Practices Forgiveness
A joy-filled woman knows how to forgive others when she feels she has been wronged. She doesn't hold on to grudges as she knows it is not healthy for her mind and soul. Forgiveness is key in all relationships. Forgiving someone doesn't mean that they are ‘off the hook' for what they've done. But God will look after it and He will provide justice in His time, so you don't have to. If someone is harmful to you, definitely set healthy boundaries. Unforgiveness leaves us feeling angry and bitter, while the other person might not even care or notice. When we forgive we let go of that anger and give it to God, and then we are free from those uneasy feelings.
3. Has Right Priorities
Making sure your priorities are in line is a great way to walk in joy. Put God first, then family, work, etc. When you keep your priorities in check it helps you walk in peace and joy.
4. Is Humble and Thankful
Walking with a humble and thankful heart is important. Joy-filled women are not boastful. They know that all their blessings come from the Lord above. Also walking with a thankful attitude for all big and small things that come our way is incredibly helpful for a joy-filled heart.
5. Spends Time with God
Taking time out of your day to spend time with the Lord to grow and get centered. When we fill our minds with the promises of God it helps us stay focused and walk in joy. I know for whatever reason this is a hard one for me. I think maybe I don't know where to start or where to focus. But I know it's something I really need to work on. Whether you spend 5 minutes a day or an hour, taking time to read the word and grow is important for keeping your mind renewed.
Can you think of any other characteristics of a joy-filled woman? Do you struggle with feeling joyful – or does that come easily to you?
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