But how do I find and put on joy in the everyday routine of laundry, child-training, housecleaning, dish washing, grocery shopping, meal planning, budget watching, and 101 other things on my Super Mom “to do” list?
There is JOY in spending time with my Savior
In thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures forever more. Psalm 16:11
Choosing to spend time, even only a few concentrated minutes each day hearing from my God through His Word and talking with him through prayer lays the foundation for a peaceful heart and a joyful attitude throughout the day.
There is JOY in pondering salvation
When I consider all the God did for me by offering salvation and redemption and adoption free of charge, it brings joy. The Scripture is full of references to finding joy in our salvation and in the God of our salvation. Choosing to dwell on this brings joy. (Psalm 35:9, Psalm 95:1, Isaiah 61:10)
There is JOY in praising the Lord
Psalm 66, 67, 81, 95, 100 and many, many more talk about praising the Lord, on purpose. When we make a conscious effort to praise God, it is amazing how our attitude improves. We have one CD at our house that has been dubbed the morning cd. Many mornings when we are moving slow and having a hard time being pleasant I will put on that CD and play the song “I will Joyfully Sing”. As we listen to the words or sing along, and choose to praise, it never fails to reset the paths of our selfish hearts to praise mode.
There is JOY in sharing
Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the Lord is your strength. Nehemiah 8:10
When we choose to share of God’s blessings with those around us, it brings joy. What has God given you that could be shared with someone else today?
There is JOY in loving others
John 15:9-13 tells us that if we are of the Father, we will love as He loves, even to the point of laying down our lives for another. In choosing to love, our joy will be full.
There is JOY in weakness
This is the one that seems a true paradox to me. How can I be joyful about being weak? The answer: when I choose to maintain a right attitude and to recognize God as the strength giving God of this circumstance that He lovingly arranged just so that He can walk with me through it – that realization brings joy. (I Corinthians 12:9)
How are you putting on JOY today?
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