as i read the following scripture, it reminded me of 2 people that i know. both r finding it very difficult to be joyful or even smile right now. all they see is the struggle they r in.
"letting go and letting God" is a popular phrase Christians often say to one another. sometimes, it's easier said than done. i know, i struggled with it as well. trying to tell someone else to 'let go and let God' can sometimes fall on spiritually deaf ears. sharing and living the example is not easy. it is a struggle. with God's help, which u can only get when u ask and seek Him, u can have His joy and live with a smile on your face daily.
life is a journey of which we cannot make alone. we need someone who can be there with us when we go thru the fire and when we experience the victory. as it says below, all we have to do is ask and believe. sometimes we have to begin even when we do not "feel like it".
my joy is not dependent on what i see, it is dependent on God's presence within my life.
30 December 2016
Galatians 5:22-23 NASBS
 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
Imagine your life saturated with unstoppable joy. You wake up every morning with a smile on your face and fall asleep at night with the same smile in place. Nothing can take away the joy you feel.
God wants us to have that kind of intense, unshakable joy. What is this joy? It’s joy as in fun. Joy as in deep happiness. Joy as in belly laughs that reach down to our bones. God isn’t just about our happiness, but he does want us to be happy: “I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete” (John 15:11).
But how do we get this joy? Jesus said, “Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete” (John 16:24). We receive joy from the Lord. It’s part of the fruit of his Spirit (see Galatians 5:22 – 23). And it comes from being in his presence (see Psalm 21:6).
God wants us to experience and live in his unshakable joy. True joy from God doesn’t come from living in a bubble, nor does it come from living in ignorance of the world’s pain. It comes from a deep assurance that God is good and is working for good in all things.
God wants us to trust so deeply in him and his good heart and good plans that even the world’s toughest situations don’t shake us because we know that our Daddy is on the job. He wants us to walk through life at peace and rest because we are trusting in him.
Part of the full life God wants for you is for you to be joyful. So when he says, “Cast all your anxiety on [me]” (1 Peter 5:7) and “Do not worry about tomorrow” (Matthew 6:34), he’s steering you to him so you can rest in him and find true joy.
God wants you to experience deep joy — not to remove you from the world around you, but to give you the strength to live and to love others in the midst of it. Come to him and take him up on his offer.
Taken from NIV The Great Rescue Bible
Hebrews 4:16 NASBS
 Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Hebrews 4:14-16 MSG
[14-16] Now that we know what we have---Jesus, this great High Priest with ready access to God---let's not let it slip through our fingers. We don't have a priest who is out of touch with our reality. He's been through weakness and testing, experienced it all---all but the sin. So let's walk right up to him and get what he is so ready to give. Take the mercy, accept the help.
the above scripture from Hebrews encourages us to take God up on His offer. there is nothing wrong with needing help and asking for it. God delights in this so much. He wants us to ask! the joy God gets in helping us in our daily lives is something we do not yet understand but experience when we do the same. God knows we struggle. God knows it is difficult. God knows the answer to both. He is just waiting for u to ask.