Shopping Basket
Your Basket is Empty
There was an error with PayPalClick here to try again
CelebrateThank you for your business!You should receive an order confirmation from Paypal shortly.Exit Shopping Basket

D.I.V.A. Blog

Maintain the Joy of the Season!

Posted on 12 December, 2020 at 1:25

In the first volume in the series on maximizing the joy of Christmas during the pandemic, we reviewed how to appreciate this beautiful time of the year when some find it difficult to genuinely enjoy this wonderful Season. In this volume, I want to talk about how to maintain that spirit of joy and why it is so important that you do so.


During this pandemic, fear and worry have become a normal part of everyday dialogue. These two detriments to real joy are the body’s human reaction to situations which you can’t control that negatively impacts your life, your family, or your well-being. Some say these two responses are unavoidable and just a fact of life. I don’t take that position or accept that as truth for those who say you serve an almighty God.


His Word tells us clearly, “do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10). Joshua 1:9 says, “have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Translation…He’s got your back! So, allowing fear and worry to become your constant companions and long time friends is not something you have to endure. These negative companions not only undermine your capacity to truly embrace the joy of life and the amazing spirit of this Season, dwelling in these emotions long term will have negative impact on your body and health.


When you are in a place of fear and worry, automatically your beathing rate increases, your heart rate escalates, peripheral blood vessels (which includes blood vessels outside of your heart) constrict, and your muscles tense. These responses can result in aches and pains causing headaches, back pain, as well as pain and weakness in the extremities, especially your legs. It speeds up the aging process, often leaves individuals prone to depression, and leave the body feeling tired and stressed. Long term, these negative responses weakens the body’s immune system, increasing the body’s risk to infections and viruses, including the virus that causes COVID19. Needless to say, dwelling in a place of fear and worry about this crazy pandemic, may very well increase your risk of the very thing you are worrying about. Believe it or not, this is only a partial list of the impact of these negative emotions.


It is imperative during this Season that you position you and your family to embrace and maintain a spirit of joy, not fear and worry. So how do you find and maintain joy in all you do this Season and beyond? Here are a few ideas:


1. Start with an attitude of gratitude - Count it all joy knowing the trials of your faith will magnify your patience. In other words, know that life’s trials are not meant to beat you down, but grow and strengthen you. Start and end each day with at least three (3) reasons to be grateful. And don’t say you have nothing to be grateful for. If you are reading this, reason one is that you woke up this morning with a functional mind. This gratitude check will improve your mood, your mindset, your physical health, and usher in a positive feel to your entire day. Consciously think about and be grateful for the things in your normal day that have not changed during this pandemic. Those things, no matter how small, are also thing you should be grateful for.

2. Spend time with the God who made you – Take time each morning as you think about the things you have to be grateful for to remember who you should thank for those things. Take time to listen to music that ushers in His presence. Read a scripture that brings you assurance that you are already victorious over all adversity. Pray…and take time to listen for His response. Be still, be quiet, and feel His loving presence that is So very comforting.

3. Take pleasure in the small things – I’m a quarter Blackfoot Indian, so I study al little bit about my Indian heritage. There is an Indian saying that there are 2 keys to enjoying life…1) Don’t sweat the small stuff; 2) Everything is small stuff. When you think about how big your God is, that needs to be your greatest truism in life. Remind yourself that no issue or problem is bigger than the God you serve! When worry or fear try to sneak in, do small things that make you happy and bring your joy, especially during this season of sheltering in place.  That simple action will get your mind off of the problem, and focused on the joy of life.

4. Maximize your online interactions – As I said in last week’s blog, get over your hesitation and fear of the Internet. During this time of the pandemic and sheltering in place, use social media to connect and stay connected to family and friends. Online can be better than face-to-face when you think about the number of connections you can make. Schedule times to talk, to celebrate, to come together, and to do fun things. Be creative; step outside of your comfort zone.

5. Focus on what you can do, not what you can’t - Keep the ‘glass half full’ versus ‘glass half empty’ mentality. Realize that for any negative thought you have, there is always a positive. You just have to care enough to find it; and meditate on it. This will quickly become a mindset that you won’t want to let go of. It will help create a constant feeling of joy and gratitude.

6. Get outside of yourself - Become other-focused rather than you-focused. How can you help others during this Season, and where can you serve? Although you can’t interact now the way you could last year, there are still organizations that need volunteers. Call them and find out what you can do to give of yourself. It gives you such an amazing feeling of appreciation for who God made you to be. It could be something as simple as sending hand-written cards to nursing homes, first responders, or healthcare workers. Again...think outside the box!

7. Usher the spirit of Christmas in your atmosphere - Make your home as festive as possible. Decorate…go overboard:). Try new baking recipes; let the smell of Christmas saturate your home; then share the goodies with family, neighbors, and friends. Blast Christmas music, make some homemade decorations for your tree, make a wreath. What better time of year to let your imagination soar with new ideas and possibilities. Fight fear and worry with joy, hope, and activities.

8. Embrace peace and remember whose you are – Let the joy of why you celebrate and who you celebrate saturate your spirit.  Embrace the first part of the Serenity Prayer as your lifeline to peace.  Let it resonate in your mind and spirit when worry or fear attack:

God grant me the serenity

To accept the things I cannot change;

Courage to change the things I can;

And wisdom to know the difference.

I hope this helps propel your spirit of joy despite the negativity. Focus on the good, and watch God magnify more good in your life.


Next week, we’ll get into creating and maintaining your traditions during the pandemic. If you have any ideas you would like to share with my readers, please do so. Connect with me at [email protected] Until then…be phenomenally blessed!


Categories: Faith, Christian Living, Joy-Filled Living

Post a Comment


Oops, you forgot something.


The words you entered did not match the given text. Please try again.


Reply LisariC
8:44 on 26 May, 2022 
buy cialis generic
Reply JaneriC
5:54 on 26 May, 2022 
augmentin online pharmacy
Reply AshriC
23:05 on 25 May, 2022 
where to buy ivermectin
Reply air jordan
8:04 on 25 May, 2022 
Needed to put you that very little note just to say thank you the moment again over the spectacular pointers you've provided on this site. It's certainly particularly open-handed of you to make without restraint exactly what a few people might have distributed for an electronic book to help with making some money for themselves, particularly since you could possibly have done it in case you desired. The tactics in addition worked to provide a great way to understand that some people have similar fervor the same as mine to figure out much more related to this matter. I am sure there are many more enjoyable instances up front for individuals who read your blog post.
air jordan
Reply IvyriC
13:16 on 24 May, 2022 
modafinil online prescription uk
Reply UgoriC
9:05 on 24 May, 2022 
cialis 5mg daily buy online
Reply yeezy
8:47 on 24 May, 2022 
My wife and i have been so lucky when Emmanuel managed to round up his basic research via the ideas he came across while using the web site. It's not at all simplistic just to find yourself freely giving solutions which often most people may have been making money from. And we all grasp we need the writer to give thanks to because of that. The main illustrations you have made, the simple website navigation, the friendships your site aid to foster - it's everything overwhelming, and it is leading our son and us believe that that situation is interesting, and that's seriously indispensable. Thank you for all the pieces!
Reply hermes birkin
8:47 on 24 May, 2022 
I wanted to construct a brief remark to be able to appreciate you for the marvelous ways you are sharing here. My extended internet search has at the end been rewarded with extremely good facts to write about with my family and friends. I 'd say that we visitors are unequivocally blessed to exist in a useful website with very many awesome professionals with valuable advice. I feel pretty privileged to have encountered your entire webpages and look forward to many more awesome moments reading here. Thanks again for all the details.
hermes birkin
Reply goyard bags
8:46 on 24 May, 2022 
I simply had to say thanks once again. I'm not certain the things that I would have tried without these creative ideas shown by you concerning that field. It was the scary concern in my view, however , encountering your specialised way you solved it made me to leap with fulfillment. Extremely grateful for this work and pray you really know what an amazing job you're getting into educating the mediocre ones with the aid of a web site. I know that you haven't encountered any of us.
goyard bags
Reply kyrie shoes
8:44 on 24 May, 2022 
I'm also writing to make you know what a notable experience my friend's girl enjoyed going through the blog. She came to find plenty of things, not to mention what it is like to possess an awesome coaching mood to make most people without problems learn a number of tricky issues. You actually surpassed people's expectations. Thank you for producing these warm and helpful, dependable, informative and also unique guidance on that topic to Julie.
kyrie shoes
Reply yeezy 700
8:43 on 24 May, 2022 
I intended to create you that little note in order to give many thanks over again with the superb concepts you have discussed at this time. This is simply shockingly open-handed with people like you to offer unreservedly just what a number of people would've offered for sale as an e book to help with making some bucks for themselves, principally considering that you could have tried it if you ever wanted. These things additionally acted to provide a fantastic way to be sure that many people have the same passion just as my very own to understand great deal more regarding this condition. I think there are thousands of more pleasant sessions ahead for individuals who look into your website.
yeezy 700
Reply MaryriC
6:35 on 24 May, 2022 
zestril generic
Reply IvyriC
22:57 on 23 May, 2022 
combivent respimat cost
Reply IvyriC
14:43 on 23 May, 2022 
atarax over the counter uk
Reply golden goose outlet
11:09 on 23 May, 2022 
I wish to express some thanks to the writer for bailing me out of such a condition. After browsing through the internet and obtaining suggestions that were not helpful, I thought my life was gone. Being alive devoid of the approaches to the issues you have sorted out through your blog post is a serious case, as well as the kind that could have negatively damaged my career if I had not discovered the website. Your good know-how and kindness in controlling all the details was tremendous. I don't know what I would've done if I hadn't discovered such a solution like this. I can also at this moment relish my future. Thanks very much for your skilled and effective help. I will not be reluctant to suggest your site to anyone who would like counselling on this subject.
golden goose outlet
Reply jordan 11
11:09 on 23 May, 2022 
I wanted to create you that very little word to give thanks again over the pleasant ideas you've shown on this site. It is quite strangely generous of you to offer freely precisely what most people would've marketed as an electronic book in order to make some dough on their own, even more so considering that you might have tried it if you considered necessary. Those techniques likewise worked as a fantastic way to know that many people have the same desire like my very own to find out good deal more on the subject of this issue. I know there are a lot more pleasant opportunities up front for individuals who scan your website.
jordan 11
Reply golden goose sneakers
11:08 on 23 May, 2022 
I precisely needed to thank you so much yet again. I'm not certain the things that I would have carried out without the actual information contributed by you on such a topic. Previously it was the scary dilemma in my circumstances, however , taking a look at the skilled form you handled the issue forced me to leap for joy. Now i'm happy for this advice and in addition trust you find out what a great job you are always doing training the others all through your web page. I know that you haven't come across all of us.
golden goose sneakers
Reply yeezy 350
11:08 on 23 May, 2022 
I and my buddies ended up studying the best tactics on your web page and then all of the sudden developed an awful suspicion I never expressed respect to the site owner for those strategies. The young boys ended up as a consequence warmed to see all of them and have in effect without a doubt been enjoying them. Thanks for actually being indeed considerate and then for opting for varieties of brilliant information millions of individuals are really needing to discover. My very own sincere regret for not expressing gratitude to earlier.
yeezy 350
Reply kd shoes
11:07 on 23 May, 2022 
I just wanted to post a message in order to express gratitude to you for all of the remarkable concepts you are placing at this site. My particularly long internet search has at the end been paid with reputable knowledge to share with my contacts. I would believe that many of us site visitors are very much lucky to live in a good place with so many special professionals with insightful advice. I feel really privileged to have encountered your weblog and look forward to so many more excellent times reading here. Thanks again for everything.
kd shoes
Reply lebron shoes
11:07 on 23 May, 2022 
My spouse and i were glad when Louis could deal with his basic research through your ideas he got using your web pages. It is now and again perplexing to simply find yourself giving away key points which usually people might have been trying to sell. So we do know we need you to appreciate for this. All the illustrations you've made, the simple blog navigation, the friendships your site make it possible to foster - it is many impressive, and it is facilitating our son and the family believe that the issue is interesting, which is certainly exceedingly indispensable. Many thanks for the whole lot!
lebron shoes