I know how overwhelming health challenges and life in general can feel at times. It's easy to listen to discouraging and negative thoughts. Yet that's when we need to hold onto joy and good cheer the most.
It's vital for both our health and our lives, that we continually refocus our thoughts in a positive direction. Here are some of my favorite verses that help me embrace joy and practice good cheer.
The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to Him in song. -Psalm 28:7
But may the righteous be glad and rejoice before God; may they be happy and joyful. -Psalm 68:3
A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit. -Proverbs 15:13
All the days of the oppressed are wretched, but the cheerful heart has a continual feast. -Proverbs 15:15
A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. -Proverbs 17:22
This day is sacred to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength. -Nehemiah 8:10b
In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Though you have not seen Him, you love Him; and even though you do not see Him now, you believe in Him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, -1 Peter 1:6-8
I'm so thankful that in Jesus we have both the ability and the reasons to be full of joy and cheer!
Whatever you're going through today, may God put a joyful song in your heart. =)
(Here's a song that always cheers me up!)