Sometimes blended life challenges can be larger than the items in your dirty laundry pile. They can also stink like it at times too.😷
Need some fresh air and fresh perspective? Take the night off from all the negative. Engage in some well needed moments to think about and look for the positives in your home, your marriage, your life…
You will find the air is just a little sweeter when you do.
How does Jesus’ birth bring great joy to the world?
1 Peter 1:8-9 “Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.”
Thank you Lord, for the great joy that our Savior’s birth brings!
Feeling like you’re running a triathlon on roller skates this season? Why not help steady yourself with focusing on the gifts of the Fruit of the Spirit, one per day, each day until Christmas?
Over the course of the next few days, weave the “fruit of the day” into your conversations with your family. If you have children or grandchildren, teach and talk to them about that fruit, and what it looks like in your daily lives.
Ask them to site examples of how Jesus beautifully displayed each day’s fruit for us.
Looking up scripture together regarding the day’s fruit, is a great way for your family to get in to His word together.
Day 2’s fruit is “Joy.”
Galatians 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”
Friends, do you feel depleted of one of God’s gifts that He has blessed us all with the ability to have?
Could it be that we are sabotaging our own ability to His precious gift of Joy?
We spend so much time looking down with our noses in our smartphones. So much time that we have forgotten to look up and appreciate the simple things in life that do bring us actual, true joy.
Like telling a joke. When is the last time you told or heard a joke? What is the end result of a joke? LAUGHTER my friends! What does laughter bring? JOY! I am not talking about reading a joke to yourself off your smartphone. I am talking about sharing a single moment with another human being that comes from sharing a joke together. The eye contact, the captive audience, the punch line, and the shared moment of the sound of laughter vibrating in your souls together. This single moment can provide your depleted soul that necessary medicine it so desperately needs ~ JOY!
So…why not take a minute and order up some joy with a side a laughter for yourself and others today; go tell someone a good [clean😉] joke!