Cultivating a Spirit of Joy


You can find joy – the spiritual confidence that all will be well, even in the midst of your caregiving challenges – by trusting in God’s promise to work all things out for a good purpose in your life. (reference to Jeramiah 39:11)  Remember that God is always with you, even in the middle of the toughest circumstances. Let your sorrow lead you to joy by helping you discover God’s sufficiency in deeper and more meaningful ways.


It is sad to watch our loved ones suffer or watch their capacity diminish.  We shed tears of grief as we see these things, but they can be turned into tears of joy.  How??  With His help.  There is joy in living out God’s will for us to care for our loved ones.  We might have to work at bringing joy to the forefront, but it can be found, with the help of prayer.  When we ask the Lord to help us find joy in the difficult moments, He will show up.  You’ll see.


Many people choose joy, even when they aren’t feeling joyful.  It’s important to try to stay away from complaining. This is a huge thief of joy.  Of course, we may need to unload on a trusted friend or family member or two.   But try to remember to turn to Jesus first.  He can take it!  He understands.  Remember, he had moments when he felt overwhelmed and frustrated too!  Look to what Jesus did when he felt this way.  He spent time alone with God.  He rested.  He delegated.  He trusted his Lord.  We can follow His example.


            Galatians 5:22    But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness.

            Romans 15:13   I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with JOY and peace because you trust in him.  Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit. 




Author: Martha Jocis

Martha is an educator, author, editor and consultant. She has spent the last 10 years taking care of aging family members and as a result, has learned a great deal through first hand experience. Going from caring for little ones to caring for the aging, Martha has a compassion for helping others.