Everyday Joy

by Rev. Tom Gray

My understanding of joy is that it is a positive, healing emotion that can be experienced, but not manufactured.  That’s why people are, as in a well-known book title, surprised by joy.

Christian Personality Disorder TreatmentSince we cannot manufacture joy, we need to find out where and when we are more likely to be touched by it. A good start is to think seriously about the times and circumstances where we have already experienced joy. I’ve given some thought to this in my own life, so perhaps I can pass on some recommendations.

Places: I find I have most joyous occasions at or near home. This may differ for you. For me, home means loving people and events, with the normal taking on special significance.

Activities: I used to dislike cats. Then we adopted one that touched my heart. Now we have a group of them. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve found real joy just playing with them.  I love music, and listening to an album, or playing a song on the piano can suddenly bring joy. My quiet time, in prayer and Scripture, often brings joy.

People: When’s the last time you talked with an old friend you’ve been intending to call? Have you recently gone out for coffee or dinner with friends? Do you ever simply watch kids having fun?

Above all, remember that God is the author of joy, having created all the above so that we, as He, may find it.

For you make me glad by your deeds, Lord; I sing for joy at what your hands have done. (Psalm 92:4)

While no one can manufacture joy on call, we can seek circumstances where joy can be found. Create opportunities in a thoughtful way and, perhaps, you’ll be surprised.

RENEWAL is designed to offer hope and comfort to people suffering from mental health disorders or addiction disorders, and support to the people who love them. Our approach is based on respect for the dignity of the people we serve and the belief that through a faith-based program, life-changing results are possible.

RENEWAL: Christian Treatment and Recovery is an optional treatment supplement available through Brookhaven Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma. At Brookhaven, we understand that when you are suffering from an eating disorder, a personality disorder, a behavioral health disorder or chemical dependency, life can seem utterly hopeless. It can cause Christians to feel abandoned and distant from God. However, by strengthening your spirituality, in conjunction with our professional medical services, you can experience results that you never thought were possible.

RENEWAL is based on the belief in:

God who created us and loves us (Genesis 1:26)
Jesus Christ who redeems us (Isaiah 53:5)
The Holy Spirit who guides us (Acts 1:8)

When you participate in RENEWAL, you’re part of something much bigger than yourself. Brookhaven clients receive expert care from our team of mental professionals. Treatment is solution-focused and success-oriented. Our goal is to minimize symptoms, help individuals address life problems and live fulfilling lives. Sometimes healing requires a helping hand. We’re here to provide the guidance and support you need to recover.

Christian Care
The RENEWAL program at Brookhaven Hospital incorporates your faith into the recovery process in order to address your physical, mental and spiritual needs

Christian Drug Rehab
Our program provides a nurturing atmosphere that allows you to sober up and strengthen your bond with God.

Christian Bulimia Treatment
Individuals with bulimia alternate between compulsive binge eating and purging. Without treatment bulimia can be deadly. Brookhaven’s RENEWAL program can offer medical, psychological and faith-based eating disorder treatments.

PTSD Treatment
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) occurs after a traumatic event. Without getting proper help it can be debilitating. Strengthening your faith can help you confront the past and form a brighter future.

Christian Healing
When you are part of the RENEWAL program, you are part of something bigger than yourself. You are part of a support system based on professional medical care as well as spiritual guidance.

Compulsive Overeating
When you suffer from compulsive overeating disorder, your meals and your life can seem out of control. Take a faith-based approach to your eating disorder treatment at RENEWAL.

Anorexia Treatment
Anorexia is characterized by the restriction of food intake and the refusal to maintain a healthy body weight. Without getting help, anorexia can be life-threatening.

Bipolar Disorder Treatment
Everyone experiences ups and downs, but when you’re suffering from bipolar disorder life can seem out of control. Brookhaven’s RENEWAL program incorporates your spirituality into an advanced behavioral health program.

OCD Treatment
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) can fill your life with uncontrollable thoughts (obsessions) and rituals (compulsions) and stand in the way of relationships and your career.