It’s easy as a widow to let life’s processes block out the light allowing gloom to settle before I realize it. Then, I should immediately rebuke Satan and think and focus upon blessings I have received from the Lord and other people.
He wants me to have good mental health, or He would not have included Philippians 4:8 in the Bible. It tells me what I should ponder. “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
I know meditating on the right things, returns my joy. Otherwise, when I concentrate on my burdens, I droop like a wilted flower under the load. When I cast them upon Him and lift my focus above my circumstances, the day, and my outlook brightens.
The Israelites also learned this valuable lesson in 2 Chronicles 30 when King Hezekiah commanded the temple to be cleasnsed because Ahaz, his father, desecrated it with wicked idol worship. Afterwards, the people rejoiced with great joy!
Why did their joy return? Because they worshipped the one true God.
I want to focus on a joy-filled life. Not only for the good feeling it brings me, but to avoid the opposite.