i must admit, it is hard for me to say when and where i have misplaced it. if i'm quite honest it may return promptly tomorrow or the next day, but in this moment as i type i haven't seen it in a few days.
There are many false statements i used to believe, one of which that because i am a christian, shouldn't i always be joyful? We forget that "feeling" is ok. (Wallowing is a different story). But none of us are excluded from human emotion and feelings. We are allowed to feel more than just happiness.
Job has many many thing to say about a lack of joy. One verse is 9:25 "My days are swifter than a runner; they fly away without a glimpse of joy." . . . . (27) "if i say , "i will forget my complaint, i will change my expression, and smile," i still dread all my sufferings, . . . . .".
Faking a smile doesn't change a situation, but what can we do when we have lost what we desperately seek?
Prayer is obviously #1, but here are just a few other things that have helped me in my dark times.
One thing to always remember is "Human emotions are fleeting." Just because you feel this way today, and maybe tomorrow dosent mean its permeant. Don't convince yourself its cemented it.
"Take a moment by moment." Sometimes taking day by day can be too overwhelming. i know for me, sometimes i just go moment by moment. Distracting myself with my favorite activity helps.
Lastly, "Talk to Someone". Not just anyone, but a pastor, a trusted friend, your spouse. Someone you can be vulnerable with. Really open up. Sometimes you'll be surprised with how much lighter you will feel.
My prayers are with you all. i pray this touches your heart if anyone needed this today. And don't worry about me, i've found harder thing before.