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Nehemiah 8:10

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.

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    Excellent! Putting things into proper perspective makes all the difference in the world.

    2801 days ago
    Love looking at life this way - out with eyeor and dirty windows.
    2801 days ago
    It is great that you had this to combat your Eeyore!! My days are so much better when I take time with God during the sunrise! I sat on my deck this am with a blanket, coffee, bible and Journal. It brings me such hope and strength to get through the day!
    2801 days ago
    I can relate with Eeyore and I'm so glad I'm no longer that character. I guess we each have a little of each character in Winnie the Pooh. My DD tends to be the Eeyore now and I'm working so hard to help her see that life doesn't have to be looked at through the dirty glass as you mentioned.

    Thank you for this blog! The devotion was so helpful to me too:)
    2801 days ago
    Formerly I had an Eeyore in my life. This person has since moved away. Actually, there was a turn around in her life. When her husband died, she was then able to see life more positively. She did mourn him, not realizing that he had been a source of gloominess in her life. Sort of sad that a person's dying can lead to better things.
    2801 days ago
    Janet- thank you for this reminder! Hope your day continues to improve!
    2801 days ago
    Something I need to remember as well! It's way too easy to get bogged down in all the little things every day and forget what is good...though some days I have a hard time finding that good! I need to pray to be reminded that the best gifts God gives us aren't material; I'm way too focused on that -- but they are spiritual!
    2801 days ago
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