Joy Joy Joy Down in My Heart

I’VE GOT JOY, JOY, JOY, JOY DOWN IN MY HEART

I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy
Down in my heart (where?)
Down in my heart (where?)
Down in my heart
I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy
Down in my heart (where?)
Down in my heart to stay

Chorus: And I’m so happy oh, so very ha-happy. I have the love of Jesus in my heart (Down in my heart). And I’m so happy, so very happy.

I’ve got the love of Jesus, love of Jesus
Down in my heart (where?)
Down in my heart (where?)
Down in my heart
I’ve got the love of Jesus, love of Jesus
Down in my heart (where?)
Down in my heart to stay

I’ve got the peace that passes understanding
Down in my heart (where?)
Down in my heart (where?)
Down in my heart
I’ve got the peace that passes understanding
Down in my heart (where?)
Down in my heart to stay

I’ve got the wonderful love of my blessed Redeemer
Way down in the depths of my heart (where?)
Down in the depths of my heart (where?)
Down in the depths of my heart
I’ve got the wonderful love of my blessed Redeemer
Way down in the depths of my heart (where?)
Down in the depths of my heart to stay

(Old Sunday school song I remember)

It’s true, some of the things we have learned sink with us deep down… To me the opposite of depression is joy… Philippians 4: 4-7 talks about rejoicing… But how do you go from depression to joy? By reusing the joy you already have stored up… Thinking and deliberately remember joyous times with God… Truths about who God is… And just as importantly truth about who you are in Christ…

It’s the mental game that’s hardest with mental health… It’s not easy but it’s possible to train our minds…

Lately, I’ve been re-reading Joyce Meyer’s book The Battlefield of the Mind: Winning the Battle of Your Mind… If you haven’t read it, get a hold of a copy (eBay used $4)… The book is rich with scripture verses that specifically target our mind and remind us that we have the mind of Christ… Given to us upon salvation (not sure if you are saved? See the bottom of this post)…

I’ve set up on my phone several reminders throughout the day to check the state of my mind… Am I remaining in a positive mind? If I find that I haven’t I make the mental choice to make changes… Why am I not? Stressed out about something? What’s the reason behind allowing the stress… Yes… ALLOWING the stress…

Is there something I need to do different? Have I put something off? Have I forgotten the truths: Phil 4: 13 For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength or 2 Cor 2:16 For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.and with His help I can find my way out of stress?

Am I upset about something? Something I did? If I made a wrong choice then I need to repent AND not beat myself up over it… Romans 8:1 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ JesusOnce something is forgiven it’s done with… Satan loves to make us squirm over past wrongs…

So is it as easy as switching on a lightbulb? Ahhh… No… It’s a long process… But something that does get a bit easier each day…

Tuesday I had issue after issue coming up… Things out of my control… A computer program messed up my data, even my backup… which has resulted in hours of work being needed… Other things were also not going as planned and I also found myself berating myself over mistakes… Frankly, it was a really lousy morning but I realized that and when I did I made choices to get out of that funk… I cried out to God asking him for help to remain using the mind of Christ… My old habits of beating myself up are strong, but not as strong as last week and less strong than the week before… I had to slow down, stop and realize what my thoughts were… They were negative and the “desire” to remain in pity mode was there as was the temptation to just give in and “remain as is”…

My thoughts went from… Well, isn’t this just great, seems about right usually the loss of data is something that would happen only to me!

And changed to: Ok… That didn’t go as planned, but I know I need to deal with it and I’m going to pray the God will help me figure out how to redo what was lost. Maybe there was something in the data that was wrong and could have been costly… I’m going to believe God’s word Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose... Somehow God will work everything out and it will be just fine… Phil 4:19 And my God will liberally supply (fill until full) your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

These are truths, not lies of the devil, and I need to believe these truths and live out my life with them and that includes keeping in the mind of Christ…

Then, throughout the rest of the day I checked in with myself to see how my thinking was and made corrections… I can recall positive past outcomes with God for reassurance… That’s the reason for the Joy, Joy, Joy Down in My Heart…

Salvation: it’s a once-in-a-lifetime decision… it’s accepting Jesus into Your heart… More detailed information and an example of the sinner’s prayer can be found here

If today is the day you made this decision, congratulations and welcome to the forever family… Don’t keep it as a secret to yourself… Tell somebody! Then find a good church to plug into…

Not sure where to find one? Check out any churches in your area that run a Celebrate Recovery and also think about attending their program… You’ll find the love and support you need…

1 Comment

  1. This made me think of … “happy, happy, joy, joy” … ren and stimpy. Lol.

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