It can be hard to find the joy in our current circumstances.

It’s been a year since “covid, pandemic, canceled, 2020, etc.” have become a part of our everyday vocabulary.

Everyone has been affected in some way. Everyone has dealt with a type of loss this last year.

We can point fingers at each other of who is right and who is wrong, but we can agree that this year we all have been through the ringer.

Even as things are changing, it can be hard to find joy.

It can feel as if we are being tugged back and forth of not knowing how to feel. Social Media says to "feel" or "post" this. The media tells us to pick a side.

I’ll be honest, it can become so overwhelming we can lose our joy.

I had struggled with depression in the past as a Christian and this last year it was a battle to fight for joy.

However, God reminds us that our joy is not based on our current situation.

Our JOY is in HIM.

“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice.” Philippians‬ ‭4:4‬

Then why is it so hard to seek joy? Have we complicated what joy looks like or have we replaced it with our circumstances, our wants, our desires, and not in Him.

When our eyes are so fixated on the problem or trying to get out of a situation, we’re missing the joy God wants to show us in it.

Or maybe you feel defeated. You’re tired, and just feel hopeless. Trial after trial you are fighting and clinging on day by day.

There is no shame or condemnation in this. The Lord is kind and gracious when we feel at the end of ourselves. He is a patient and a loving Father who is with you and He will show you there is still joy.

When I had wrestled with depression I felt isolated and so alone.

The enemy wants us to believe that we can’t seek help or there is no way