This whole growing, glowing, and going thing has a catch.
None of it is supposed to be done in our own strength. Only in the Lord’s. Too bad I always seem to forget that!
Here’s what happens when I forget to use His strength and rely on my own….I lose my joy. Everything thing becomes a chore and I feel more like a slave than a helper.
No joy + feeling like a slave = no glowing
Uhhhh, if I were to be honest, I can get down right mean and ugly. And maybe resentful. And snappy. And…I should stop there…. What I feel the worst about, is that all the ugliness is usually directed right at my family.
I think I know why. They are the ones I serve the most.
For some reason, I tend to think I don’t need His help to wash dishes, do laundry, scrub floors, and take care of the to do list. Then I carry that attitude over to guiding and discipling my children, and helping my husband. Yet, if I would just lean on Him for the “mundane” things, I wouldn’t get so burned out by them, and the “harder” things wouldn’t be so hard! Plus, I’d keep my joy.
So, I decided to do something about it. First things first…I read my Bible, and I also searched out all the verses with the word ” joy”. Then, God in His goodness, spoke to my heart.
Nehemiah 8:10 “…the joy of the Lord is your strength.” Oops…
Psalm 16:11 “…In thy presence is fulness of joy.” Okay, need more time with God.
Philippians 4:4 “Rejoice in the Lord alway, and again I say rejoice.” Always!
I’ve been leaning on my strength, not His.
When I am serving in my strength, I seek Him less and less.
Then, I seem to find less and less to rejoice about.
Solution: Lean on the Lord.
Spend more time in His presence.
Rejoice in the Lord!
You know what? I am so very thankful His Word is a “very present help” even in trouble of my own making!
Hi! My name is Rachael and I am a child of God. I was saved from sin and all its bondage at the age of 21. I am married to an incredible man. He constantly challenges me to grow closer to my Saviour. We have three beautiful children that love the Lord. Currently, our family is preparing to go to Thailand as missionaries.