My Word For This Year . . . Joy

For the first time, I’ve decided to join with other bloggers in choosing one word for this year. Instead of listing a bunch of resolutions that won’t last past a few months, if that, I’m choosing this one word. Joy.

For several months now, I’ve slowly been losing my joy, and am at a point where I really feel no joy at all. I’ve been dealing with the stress of an as yet undiagnosed illness, along with other stresses in general. I’ve missed more church than I’ve been able to attend, and I love church. I love being in the music ministry, but have needed to step down from that, as well.

I’m not able to work in the nursery at this time, either. The last time I was scheduled, I was afraid of dropping a baby, as a result of the weakness I’ve had for several months.

So, along with aggressively trying to find out what is wrong with me this year, I intend to try as hard as I can to get my joy back. Without it, I am bereft. If you are a believer, I do covet your prayers for me on this, and thank you for reading.

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4 responses to “My Word For This Year . . . Joy

  1. Keep your faith and get well soon 🙂

  2. I hope you are able to find the cause of your illness soon. I’m sure that has to be frustrating! I know missing church definitely keeps me from maintaining my joy the way I should. Does your church have an online streaming of the service that you could watch on those times you can’t be there? I know it’s not quite the same, but it could help.

  3. Praying that God will bring you answers and healing, and through it all – much joy!

  4. Illness certainly saps joy from life. I am praying that you have a doctor who will find your diagnosis so it can be treated. God is the great healer, the great physician. I’ll pray for you. May I suggest putting something tangible with the word joy where you will see it often? Last year, I wasn’t feeling well (I was diagnosed in May) and joy was my word. So this all sounds very familiar to me. My husband bought me a tea cup for my birthday because I drink hot tea every morning. He didn’t know my choice of a word for the year. It had the word Joy plastered all over it and when I saw it, I not only was reminded of my word, but also of God’s plans for us. “This is the day that the Lord hath made; I will rejoice and be glad in it.” May your joy return this year and may you find healing.

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