Doing all three for Jesus.
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.