Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Disciplines for Joy

I can't remember where I found this material--if you've seen it & can direct me, please do. I printed these reminders out & posted them on my fridge... right where I can see them while doing dishes (my most hated household task).

  • Never allow yourself to complain about anything--not even the weather.
  • Never picture yourself in any other circumstance or someplace else.
  • Never compare your lot with another's.
  • Never allow yourself to wish this or that had been otherwise.
  • Never dwell on tomorrow--remember that tomorrow is God's, not ours.

I didn't think I needed these reminders, until I found myself complaining about the weather, or feeling discontent with our cramped house, or wishing I had so-&-so's resources, or fretting about upcoming events. When we allow our minds to think these thoughts, joy departs & discontentment surely follows.

The fact is, I have more than I deserve.

And God has orchestrated each event in my life just so... on purpose.

And there's a lesson for me in everything! Right now that lesson happens to be joy.

What lesson is God teaching you lately?


Weadock Family said...

Thank you! That was much needed right now :)

Stacey said...

What great reminders...thanks so much.

Hope Ellia's party went well, was looking forward to some cake all over the face pictures today:-) I still haven't posted the pics of Brienna's b-day.

I'm praying for your joy to be restored.

jennyz said...

I just love your blog, your girls are adorable! I really needed this post, I read your blog every day and I so look forward to it. I look forward to it mainly because you are always so upbeat and thankful for what you have. It is nice to know that sometimes even you can get that way. I try so hard to be thankful for what I have and to feel blessed. Some days are harder than others to feel that way though. Thanks for taking the time to post and share your family with us!