Then my daughter spills something everywhere. The puppy chews up my favorite shoe. Dishes are piling up in the sink. My work load is getting backed up. My stress level is rising. I find myself easily on edge for an argument. I've just named several joy stealers. The devils good. In relationships, marriage, my dream proverbs woman smiles in all times. In the Bible we are to love our husbands(and children) always. Even when the dishes pile up and things break..we love. The lesson I learned..or should I say, God has taught me, is that if I remove the "I" in the situation..it becomes not so bad. If the self centered part of me is removed..the anger and stress becomes less. The pity party of poor Jill isn't so fun anymore. The joy of having someone to love in the good and bad, the joy of having a home to take care of,a job to go to, and a healthy body to do the the work..
When you put others before yourself, you will find the joy that God has given you and me.
Stress. Oh I have that. But when we are content with the less in life and don't over burden ourselves with what we think we need or have to do...the stress becomes less. Sit down as I have done and set a healthy balance for your day. If you don't get it all done, no big deal..it will be there tomorrow. Don't put so much onto your shoulders that you collapse at night in exhaustion. A healthy balance brings joy into your life and others around you.
Anger..hold back. This snatches joy too. Again, if we take ourselves out of the picture..it's hard to find something to be angry about. Usually it's got something to do with us. Jill's pity party again ;)
Pray for God to work in your heart each day to guide and help you take away the anger and replace it with the joy He has designed for us. It will eat you away and kill your joy if you don't, making life miserable.
Disappointment. If we raise our standards so high in life, aiming for more, we will always be disappointed. I know this. I had a dream as a young girl, to be married, white picket fence, and to be loved by my best friend. Disappointed? Yes. But I have moved on and focused on what I have been blessed with now. The home I have now with two wonderful children. I find my joy there. Don't focus on what could have been or should have been, but cherish what you have in front of you. You'll miss out on the joy in life that God has given you, if you don't.
Learn that good things come to those who wait. Not everything has to be immediate. I have been working on this one. From a life of fast paced, I want it now..to learning(hard at times!!) to WAIT. Wait on Gods timing. For like I shared yesterday, if we push instead of being still..usually we will find pain instead of joy. Instant gratification usually doesn't last long. Things we work hard for, we appreciate more. We cherish more. So be still..love the moment your in. Find things to be grateful for today and jot them down. Focus on that. Don't overburden yourselves. Be content with what you have and where you are in life. Smile instead of being angry.
Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds,
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,