As I pondered on what to write this week for the Majestic Daughters community, the Lord spoke as I was grabbing my fruit cup from the fridge. Now you know my secret to the content I create - I ponder and then he speaks. The word for this week is joy. I will center all the content I release this week on social media on joy.
He dropped the 5 joy killers, and I started writing. After reading and studying, these joy killers are things I have experienced. They were blind spots for me. I didn’t know these things were killing my joy.
The first joy killer is the lack of celebration.
Say what?! Yes, sis. We don’t celebrate our accomplishments as God’s daughters. That blog you wrote - Celebrate. That business you started - celebrate. That load of clothes you washed - celebrate. That meal you cooked while studying - celebrate. That prayer time you had this morning - celebrate.
Sis, anytime you do, complete or create anything that God has placed within you, rejoice at that moment. Who do you celebrate with first?! God. I’m so serious right now. Tell him thank you, Jesus, for all he’s done. For everything he helped you accomplish. Be specific about whatever he has helped you do.
Depending on the accomplishment, sometimes you can invite others to celebrate with you. My hubby is big on celebrating our wins. It reminds me to do the same. He doesn’t care if you passed a test, or figured out how to use excel he wants to celebrate that moment with you.
I believe that not celebrating causes us to not recognize that thing as a blessing. Everything your hand touches that is complete is worth celebrating.
Scripture inspiration: For seven days celebrate the festival to the Lord your God at the place the Lord will choose. For the Lord your God will bless you in all your harvest and in all the work of your hands, and your joy will be complete. Deuteronomy 16:15
The second joy killer is failing to dwell.
Yep, straight like that. You don’t know how to dwell in that secret place with God. When we fail to seek him and sit at his feet, life has a subtle way of zapping our strength.
To keep your joy leveled, get in his presence to praise and proclaim his greatness. Sing to him, just like he sings over you daily. In seeking him, your heart rejoices.
It’s in his dwelling that you’re reminded of his goodness. He is worthy to be praised. Your strength and joy are in his dwelling.
Scripture inspiration: Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and joy are in his dwelling place. 1 Chronicles 16:27
The third joy killer is failure to share.
You got the revelation for your business, your ministry, your marriage, your children, etc. But you fail to share it with someone else to help them in their lack. You fail to help those that have nothing.
Nah, sis, we can’t be like that. When you gain insight from God, we are to share to help others rise to the place God has called them to.
Don’t get me wrong, don’t release a premature word or something that God is uniquely giving to you to build. Let me make it plain. DO NOT release something you haven’t already done.
If you’ve worked that thing and found success, share it. That’s the one thing I live by, to share what I know. Some of my ministry resources are free, and business consultations are free. I desire to share to help the next person prepare.
God can’t give us more when we hold on to the what we got. Release it, so the more that you need for your next can come.
Scripture inspiration: Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do no grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10
The fourth joy killer is you to fail recognize your deliverance.
Sis, I believe there are so many of us that are so use to the fight from our enemies that we don’t recognize when God has provided relief. Our relief package is laid before us, but we are so use to the fight we can't see that our mourning has turned to joy.
Let this be your prayer: “God, help me to recognize my deliverance!"
Sis, we are not always in deep sorrow. Not everyday, not every season. There are good days. There are good moments. And sometimes you have to find the good in your day.
Add this to your prayer: "God, help me to find the good in my life!"
Scripture inspiration: "As the time when the Jews got relief from their enemies, and as the month when their sorrow was turned into joy and their mourning into a day of celebration. He wrote them to observe the days as days of feasting and joy and giving presents of food to one another and gifts to the poor." Esther 9:22
The final joy killer is failure to worship.
Sis, I do care what you are facing, but nothing we are going through should snatch our worship for the King of Kings. We should reverence him despite how we feel. We cant trust our emotions or even our situations, but we can trust God.
His love is greater than anything and everything. He loves us through our good and even the bad. Yes, whatever you have to do to worship do that. Turn on worship songs until you feel the shift to open your mouth and exalt him.
Scripture inspiration: But I, by your great love, can come into your house; in reverence I bow down toward your holy temple. Psalm 5:7
I am sure there are more joy killers, but these are the few I can relate to and identify with personally. I hope this helps you to identify your joy killers or even research others.