>> Friday, March 25, 2011
P.S. I did a photoshoot for my friend, Sydney this week. Check it out if you please!
Recently, my dear friend Lauren posted about rejoicing always.
For me, it is difficult to have joy when I'm not in a very joyous situation - something I've been working on and praying about. I have seen the Lord working in me, and growing me in this area, but by no means have I arrived - nor will I ever. I am constantly being sanctified and God is always teaching me something (or sometimes when needed, slapping me in the face with it).
One of the things that helps me remember to be joyful (in all situations) is Scripture.
"Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men"
If I remember Who I am living for, and why I do the things that I do, it should not be hard for me to do it with a (huge) grin on my face!
"Do all things without grumbling or questioning"
When I think about how undeserving I am, I wonder "Why would I complain about anything?" I am blessed to have the chores I have and the responsibilities that have been given to me.
"Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content."
Contentment is not something that comes naturally. You learn to be content. You have to make a conscious effort to be happy and joyful in whatever place God has you. That brings me to trust...
"Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths."
I am not content when I am not trusting the Lord. He has an incredible plan for my life that I could never think up. He knows where I am to be, when I am to be there... I should be content - thrilled! knowing that when I trust Him, He will lead me in His way!
Last night I created and hung this on our living room wall -