Thursday, April 05, 2012
Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength!
My devotion this morning actually came out of a quarterly homeschool magazine I receive. The main thought of the article is: This joy of the Lord has nothing to do with your ENVIRONMENT. It has everything to do with your IN-VIRONMENT.
The author used Eeyore as an example. always rather blue and gloomy with nary a smile to be seen. For example, "It's snowing still...and freezing...However, we haven't had an earthquake lately." Always looking for the negative.
The article went on to discuss how we allow others (children in this case) to drag us down when they become an Eeyore. She quotes Nehemiah 8:10 as the cure for not being drug into it. She uses it as a cue to think about how God could use this situation. She then places her focus on what's good about it or could be. Sometimes breaking into song and/or being overly silly to bring out the smiles and giggles. Something she's learned to do is begin her day saying "I'm just going to keep thinking about the strength of Jesus and not my weaknesses." This has helped her focus throughout the day.
Her final thought: "When you look out a dirty window, everything looks dirty. The joy of the Lord can clean that window through which you're looking at everything else in your life. Look for the Lord. Look for His goodness in your day-to-day living. Go after some God sightings in your day. He's all over the place. Talk about the good things, and if you hear the voice of old Eeyore, turn the page."
I have an Eeyore in my midst again today (my little guy). Can I tell you how happy I was to have already read this article and put it into practice? This is a much needed exercise for me daily and I am praising God for putting it in my path today.