Thursday, January 17, 2013

thoughts on joy

I found little Robert like this a little while ago. 
He was happily sitting in the corner of the living room on top of the toy trunk, reading a book.

I had to snap a couple photos of him. He looked so cute!

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I'm constantly amazed at how children maintain joy on a consistent basis. 
That's one of the main differences, in my opinion, between children and adults.
They don't seem to let the troubles of this world get them down.
Maybe that's one of the reasons Jesus said for us to "be like little children".

It was a doozy of a day for me.
It started with me running around in the pouring rain outside my house trying to get the little ones in the car. Joseph had a dentist appointment. After I got the kids in the car, I had to run around the house (in the pouring rain) to get the stroller out of my back porch. And the grass was full of big big puddles. 

Then, when I was halfway to the dentist's office, I realized that I had left Joseph's insurance card at the house. So, I turned around and drove home to get the card. By the time that was all done, I was officially really late for his dentist appointment and had to reschedule.

Fast forward two hours -
Joseph then fell off the couch and hit the back of his head on the bookshelf. Big cut, bigger goose egg on his head. Thankfully, he is now fine and didn't need to go the doctor. Just a minor cut and his swelling has gone down. 

I, on the other hand, am not doing as well. My heart feels beaten down. I'm plain worn out. I've had a lot of ups and downs over the past few months, with illnesses and injuries with the kiddos. And I wish I could say that I took them all in stride and stayed positive and full of faith through it all. I have not. 

I am trying to "count it all joy". I really am. 
I am just in a funk, I guess. 
Have you heard the phrase, 
"Fake it till you make it" ?
That's kinda what I'm doing. :)

Anyway, back to children being amazing carriers of JOY.

Joseph had a hard day, but he has remained positively joyful through it all. 
I want to be like him. 

Here's a video of the little ones singing the Bob the Builder theme song tonight.
It made me smile. Hope it makes you smile, too. :)
Watching Joseph sing this song - you would never know he had a rough day!


video

I am in the school of life these days. And my teacher (aka God) has been giving me a lot of tests lately. And I guess I'll keep taking them until I pass.  Thankfully, He always gives "do-overs" until we get it right. 

His mercies are new every morning.


 

4 comments:

  1. Hi Lora,
    I'm sorry to hear that you've had so many ups and downs this year. I actually really know the feeling, since I've been very ill these past 1.5 years.
    The thing I've learnt these past few months is actually that I need to realize that I fail at every part of (in my case) dealing with illness. I think that may be the whole point of having tests in life: realizing that He is strong! (2 Cor 12:9)
    The first year of my illness, I was really trying to do it in my own strength, but I think God allowed things to get progressively worse, so that I came to the end of my own strength, and would realize that I could lean on him.
    This makes me think also of the story of Jacob in Gen 32:22-32. After wrestling with God, his hip was hurt, and from that day on he had to lean on a staff (picture of Christ).
    Ps. 23:4b says: your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
    So, let's together lean on Him, and see how He will bless that :)

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  2. Such wonderful encouragement from the previous comment!

    I agree that the Lord allows us to go through hard times in order to learn to trust Him more and more....and also, that we can be an encouragement to others who are also struggling...and which of us hasn't struggled in life? Which of us hasn't asked the question, "Why, Lord?"

    I understand where you are in life, Lora. Being a wife and mother are probably the most difficult jobs on earth! We are tested to the limit in so many ways, day after day....and through it all, we love our family with such fierceness!

    May the Lord give you His peace...right where you are...in the thick of motherhood...May He give you joy in each crazy moment...May He bless your life with the knowledge of His amazing presence.



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  3. One of the greatest gifts my Gram taught me through her example and words in letters to me is to take our troubles to the Lord and "leave them there." She did that all of her 99 years in life and despite losing several babies, caring for an ill husband, having to make things stretch during the Depression era, she persevered with JOY. She lived through so much, and yet was one of the most joyful people I have ever known. I miss her. But her joyful spirit continues to inspire me, day after day. It's a choice, so choose it....joy!

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  4. Anonymous4:51 PM

    Hi Lora, Thank you for the honest post, there has been many days where I have wondered what possibly else could go wrong. I love this bible verse in Philippians 3:12-14

    I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.

    I hope this encourages you!
    Blessings
    Angie

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