Apr 19 2013

Choose Joy

What a week.  With so much tragedy today, it’s hard work to smile.

It was an interesting choice in today's Encouraging Word. 

“Always be full of joy in the Lord, I say it again- rejoice” -  Philippians 4:4

I’m questioning how to do that today. I remember a discussion I had with the artist, Plumb, recently about a book she’s was reading on choosing joy in the midst of sorrow. It’s called Choose Joy by Kay Warren.

“As you grieve, you can still choose joy. Joy and happiness are not synonymous. Happiness is circumstantial, like eating ice cream. Joy is a character you develop, it runs parallel with sorrow. We can use that sorrow to be closer to Jesus instead of wondering why did you do this to me?"

Tags:
Categories:
Actions: Permalink | Tell A Friend! | Comments (1) | RSS comment feed Comment RSS
Apr 19 2013

Goodness Prevails Through You

I don’t know about you, but I have felt helpless this week while watching the news. I have spent a lot of time, praying for Boston and West, Texas - but I want to do something, I just wish I could fix it.

I was expressing this to a friend of mine, and she had the best idea on how to respond, I had to share it with you:

"First, the only way to combat evil is with goodness. If we cave, evil wins. We have to take evil and be better individuals because of it. Every time we control our temper, smile at the check-out lady who's been working too long, let someone go first, hug someone, goodness prevails! It's up to us… each small choice you make...can make the world a better place to live."

Go. Be an example of God's love.

Tags:
Categories:
Actions: Permalink | Tell A Friend! | Comments (0) | RSS comment feed Comment RSS