Apr 22 2013

A Thought From A Listener

I was doing the dishes and listening to K-LOVE just now - thinking about how, as a parent, the work in our houses never goes away. It seems like just as you pick stuff up, it's on the floor again, and when you do dishes there's always going to be dishes again that night. 

Then, I thought that God probably thinks about us the same way we parents think about cleaning our houses. Maybe he watches us and says, "I just cleaned that up, and you're getting it out again." 

I'm sure He gets tired of always cleaning up our messes. So, now I am going to look at housework a little differently and thank God that He is there to always clean my "house". 

-Tamara

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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?"

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