May 23, 2014

I've got the joy, joy, joy, joy.......

Today's Reading: Ezekiel 9, 10
Find the Reading Plan here.

This week is always emotional.

The end of a lot of things.

The end of another school year for my kids. The end of having great teachers that teach them.

For some of you, it may be the end of elementary school for your children. The end of middle school for others. The end of high school. The end of college.

Or, the beginning of an empty nest. {oh, I am praying for your hearts as I type this!}

Two years ago, you would find me on the floor, in a puddle, crying my pitiful eyes out.

I don't like change. Let me repeat, I don't like change.

However, last year, God helped me turn the corner with all of this.

This is the verse He gave me:

"She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come."
Proverbs 31:25

Sounds so simple, right?

That is because it is simple!

God showed me last year that I could cry my eyes and out mope around all day.....

Or I can LAUGH and have JOY in weeks like this.

What was I teaching my children being so mopey and pitiful? Absolutely nothing.

Last year at this very time, we celebrated every single day of that last week of school.

This year, we did the same.

Small little gifts for them after school, later bedtimes, their favorite dinners....anything to lighten the mood in this house. (lighten MY mood, that is)

Our Wednesday Surprise...
silly masks!
God showed me that life is about change. Time will not stop until we are with Him in Heaven.

Each tick of the clock, draws us closer to Heaven.

Now that is something to celebrate!

Are you anxious about change? Are you fearful of the future?

Can I just encourage you today?

I want to tell you to laugh at the days to come! Find JOY in these moments!

Yes, they are fleeting, so even the more reason to celebrate them!

We have to be intentional about choosing Joy, sweet friends. It will not always come naturally.

We MUST choose to live in Joy.

We MUST choose to walk in it each day.

I want my children to remember the times we celebrated together. I want them to have warm memories of smiles, laughter, and joy! Not a momma moping around with her chin on the floor.

 
"The hope of the righteous brings joy"
Proverbs 10:28



Today, they will come home from school with one last fun surprise awaiting them.

Today, I will celebrate change instead of mourning it.

Our Fun Friday Challenge:

Celebrate life today! Surprise someone today! Go to the dollar store for your kids, buy your hubby his favorite magazine, pick some pretty flowers to leave on a friend's doorstep, leave a kind note on someone's windshield...

Celebrate!!


finding my joy,


jill