Friday, October 19, 2012

joyful in the cold...

today, Isaac felt that summer attire was still appropriate.  short, sandals, short sleeves, no jacket.
i double checked with him to make sure he didn't want a jacket after he walked out of the house and was running around the driveway waiting for me to open the garage door.  he said no.

and i chose not to argue with him or make a big deal out of nothing.

we want our boys to be able to make decision as they get older, and some of that will mean trying something and figuring out that mom's suggestion was a good one.  :)

and yet, when a bad choice is made, there is no complaining allowed.  we want our boys to know that we are always to have grateful hearts that are filled with joy. even if things are not what we expected, we cannot grumble and complain.

Philippians 2:14  "do all things without grumbling and disputing."

a good lesson that i have to remember as well.

since i have been redeemed, i am a child of God and He is my Father.  He cares for me and leads and guides me.  and sometimes, i make a choice that turns out not quite how i expected.  it's difficult or maybe even just uncomfortable.  it may make me frustrated, i may want to complain about it.  but i am to be filled with joy from the Holy Spirit who is in me.

Galatians 5:22  "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy..."
(emphasis mine)

fruit is something that is produced because of it's nature.  if i have the Spirit, He will be displaying His characteristics in my life.  and if you can't tell, God has been pounding into me my need to produce joy in every area of my life (get it? produce... it's fruit of the Spirit... hehe... ok, moving on.).  i need to be joyful in all the big trials and in the little everyday situations.  and that joy won't just be an inward thing, but will come up and out where you can see it.

Proverbs 15:13 "A joyful heart makes a cheerful face,"

so when i make a choice, and the results are a little more ruff than i anticipated, i need to keep a joyful attitude.  i need to make sure that i stay away from complaining and fussing.

even if it's colder than i thought it would be.  :)

1 comment:

  1. I've been reading "The Fruitful Wife" talking all about the fruits of the Spirit, and I'm just through the "Joy" chapter--it has been quite convicting. When you think about what those words really mean, and then look at how often they are lacking . . . definietly a life-long project!!


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