Sunday, June 26, 2016

Unconquering Joy

I've come to realize that my mood or attitude is greatly affected by my kids or my hubby. If they hurt me or frustrate me, there goes the joy.

Not good.

I have the joy of the LORD in my heart, so why am I responding to these minor exasperations with a frown and a groan (like someone without Hope)??

It upsets me. I'm just going to say no more! When I feel vexed, I want to:
Give thanks for the opportunity (to reflect Grace and grow)
Recall the Joy He has given me
Pray for His Spirit to carry that joy in my heart into my face 
Smile! :) 
 I so want to be like the early Macedonian Christ-followers --
In the midst of a very severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity.  ~ 2 Corinthians 8:3