Sunday, October 28, 2012

Stop Enduring and Choose Joy

This week is sure to be a busy one. What week isn't?  We have our marriages to tend, our children to rear.  Goals to reach, deadlines to meet.

Laundry is sure to pile up, and dishes will need to be done every night.  Boo-boos will need to be kissed, tantrums will need to be averted, and squabbles will need to be stopped.

What will your heart be like this week midst the your daily routine?  Will your spirit be joyful or will you merely tolerate and barely manage?

Some weeks are more overwhelming than others, but perhaps our weariness has less to do with schedules and more to do with our hearts.  Serving God, serving our families, serving others, is more than about simply enduring. God didn't call us to a prison sentence.  God wants us to serve Him with gladness.

Drawing of a beautiful and sad woman.

It's so tempting to enter that place of sadness, and despair.  It's so tempting to give in to weariness, and it's HARD to choose joy when our flesh screams for a break.  No woman is immune to being overwhelmed, and that's where God's grace comes in.

If we depend on our own strength we'll fail every time.  If we depend on our own joy we'll find ourselves in depression.

True joy comes only from one source, and that is why even in the most monotonous, most hectic, or most stressful of routines we can rejoice.

 "Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice. 
 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. 
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 
And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. 
 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."
Phililppians 4:4-8

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