Choosing Joy!

I wrote a blog post in May of 2008 , thought I would repost it for Dawn’s encouragment post from ” My Home Sweet Home” today. She’s been writing a series entitled 31 Days of Encouragement. Please check out Dawn’s blog, it will bless you so much! It is amazing how much I have learned even since this post about God’s grace and love-hope the Lord uses it to bless!

Choosing Joy!

Wow, what a scary title! Well, it can be that’s for sure. Do you ever have a hard time choosing joy? I’m sure I’m not the only one, lol! It’s been something lately that is really convicting my heart. I have had the hardest time really choosing joy lately. Its true that the last 6-7 months of my life have not been the easiest and I will give myself a break as far as grieving the loss of my mother-in-law. Grief just doesn’t go away overnight, especially when you lose someone very close-I don’t think God expects our hearts to mend immediately, however I do believe we are to keep looking to him and work on moving forward to serve him here on earth while we wait for our homecoming! Even with all the trials I have had in the last several months I think God’s Word is clear on choosing joy. A pastor I heard Sunday reminded me of the passage in Philippians 4:4 where Paul says be full of the joy of the Lord Always, Always be full of Joy!

Always be full of joy in the lord.
I say it again-rejoice!

Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do.
Remember the Lord is coming soon.

Don’t worry about anything,
instead pray about everything.
Tell God what you need,
and thank him for all he has done.

If you do this, you will experience God’s peace,
which is far more wonderful
than the human mind can understand.
His peace will guard your hearts and minds
as you live in Christ Jesus.

The scripture doesn’t say only when things are going our way, only when we don’t lose loved ones, only when we are not sick, No, there are no ONLY’s here. Just Be Joyful, no matter what! Easier said then done, that’s for sure!

Lately it just seems my grumpy heart is rubbing off on my children and husband and that’s not good. I have really been examining my heart on many issues so that I can go to the Lord with them. I want to be better, I want to grow in the Lord and I want to have the JOY he has intended for me! Life is too short, one fellow blogger just lost her husband in a semi accident, and another blogger Heather with 6 children lost her husband unexpectely of a breathing issue. I don’t want to have regrets about joy-I don’t want to get to the end of my life and say wow I wish I would have been more happy, I want to say I lived my life to the fullest and chose joy whenever I could. You know, we can choose it; we wake up everyday with a choice, joy or grump? You know you can chose joy when your grumping at your family and then the phone or the doorbell rings and you put on your happy voice like nothing at all is wrong, ever done that? I’m guilty for sure! I want my children to remember they had a happy mom, one that had real emotions because we will hurt sometimes, we will grieve, we will get angry but a mom who chose joy, a mom who laughed a lot, a mom who saw the glass half full and not empty.  A mom who trusted in her Savior and lived a life of Joy!

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