Growing in Grace: Choosing Joy in the Ordinary

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Author: Martin Cathrae http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/ File:Trees_in_a_field,_fall_in_Canada.jpg

Happy Saturday friends!

Today is just  ordinary Saturday at my house. We wake later and sometimes breakfast turns into lunch as the morning gets away from us. The sound of football playing on the tv can be heard throughout the house. At different times throughout the day, you may catch my kids napping, or my husband snoozing on the couch, and on those particularly laid back Saturdays you may even catch me closing my eyes for a minute.

The windows are open and the refreshing fall breeze flows through the house.

There is nothing particularly special about this day. And, there is nothing specifically hard about this day. It is just another day in this life that God has given me.

Another day to cook and clean. Another day to be mom and wife and friend. Just another day.

As I sat down earlier to read a bit of God’s Word, I was kinda emotionally “blah”. You know, it’s just another day.

But, then I read this from the book of Proverbs, “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”

My friend, what reasons do we have to be cheerful today? Maybe the better question is what reason do we have not to?

So, today, in the midst of my average Saturday, still in my pajamas, I choose to be cheerful. Today, in the midst of my everyday chores, in the midst of the breakfast plates still sitting dirty on the table, in the midst of the diapers that need to be changed and the snuggles that need to be given, I choose to be happy. Today, in the midst of my life, I choose joy.

Because all too often I think we forget that it is a choice. We allow our circumstances, the events, the people in our lives to control our emotions. And then, we allow our emotions to control our days, which turns into our weeks, and our years, and eventually our lives.

So, my friend, on this average everyday life type of day, what will you choose?

Choose joy today. Choose a cheerful heart. And then, pass it on.

Proverbs 17:22 “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”

 

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