But JOY.... inside..... can't feel it. Now, I believe that inner JOY and peace is something that a person will feel ultimately. But I think initially, one has to dig deep, spend time in the Word, focus on the Lord, submit your worries to the Lord.... You know, day to day choices on perspective! The glass is half full, not half empty sort of thing.
I find myself mulling inside my head being bitter about something, or being small-minded about something, or moaning inwardly or judging or being critical! Yep, the focus is all negative AND IT DOES WHAT? IT STEALS YOUR JOY!
As I write here it is dawning on me that inner peace and JOY comes from a daily renewal of one's mind. Replacing all the dark and negative thoughts with God's word and His truth! So, on my goal towards HAVING and RETAINING JOY I know the thing to do is renew my mind DAILY with His Word!
Rom 12 v 2: Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you].
What has God been showing you about your word, or your goals so far?