Today I planted peas, carrots and radishes. We already have blackberry bushes growing and rosemary thriving. I also transplanted two ginger plants the birds were kind enough to plant in our yard. So God has been good to us. And very little in life brings me more sheer joy than working our garden. I was raised on a farm in Buchanan, Michigan and having a garden was my normal. I live it. It has taken me a while to Learn the stark differences to growing food in central Florida. Growing seasons are different, soil needs a lot of love constantly, bugs are incredibly resilient and prolific, so on. So these first few years are experimental but I am hopeful we will do well. I am watching a lot of youtube tutorials for our area. So may God bless our efforts and let’s see what happens. 😄❤
Happiness depends upon others. Happiness is overrated. What gets me going and strengthens my step is joy. Joy is my strength whereas I have not been happy for some time. Sure, I have moments of happiness but these moments are fleeting in that I keep running into people. Lol. With so much evil in the world, can anyone stay happy? I think not. Moments of happy are about all you get. But joy is a characteristic and action of God that He provides all who humbly ask and call on Jesus for salvation. It is a gift. It is underlying contentment and peace and security set in faithful and consistent bliss no matter what is going on around us. No matter your environment, joy remains.
I have seen another really foolish phenomenon… people looking to another human being to make them “happy”. Ha! A human! If you have God’s joy gift, you know full well you are secure in God who is perfect and loves you securely, faithfully and unconditionally. That is what every person is wanting. A human (spoiler alert) is not perfect, is not faithful and loves pretty much themselves and you if you fit into their ideas of a good mate. So, obviously this is a lesson in futility and downright foolish really.
In steep opposition of this idiocity, we have a truly reliable source of joy in God. We have it. God gives it to us. And what a gift! And full of God, we need no one to make us “happy”, some theoretical concept that is as elusive as a mythological nymph. However, God will send you a partner to help in His work if your heart desires and He sees it is best for you. But He knows more than you so you must trust Him. In thr meanwhile, enjoy the extraordinary superpower of joy from God in His presence. You’ll find everything is easier and much more enjoyable.😄❤
The Joy of the Lord is presented to those who humble themselves before God. This joy is an underlying contentment no matter what happens in life. It is in direct contrast, opposition even, with people who reject God’s love and relationship and the demons they have decided to submit to. Everyone is submitting to someone, there is always an authority. Always. Some people would rather submit to who they think is themselves to do what they want, but actually it is the devil, demons who want them dead or at the least disconnected from God. Please take heart and keep eternity in mind. Satan is a cruel master who promises what he cannot provide and thrives in lies whereas God is a loving Father who loves you in truth and grace. Submit to God and be full of the joy of the Lord.❤
Weeding is hard work. In small doses, it is small doses of hard work but never seems complete. It is character building work. It just is. You pull a weed, roots and all, and then in a few days, another little guy pops up there again and you have to do it all over. A lesson in futility.
But what of the results? Are they worth the effort? It is like every other menial chore like cleaning and washing dishes or laundry. Futile. Wash it then it gets dirty again. But. The results of doing it. What of that?
Maybe another view is that what if you don’t do it? What would happen? Thr world would not fall apart. But. Your space you are n in charge if would look like a disaster area in no time and that reflects on you and Jesus you represent. And the joy of weeding is the fruit, that after you have weeded, for that brief moment, you breathe a happy sigh and truly appreciate what God has blessed you with. That joy is worth the work. ❤
There is innate beauty in standing. See a baby who can finally stand up and you see the giggling pleasure in his or her eyes. The whole body is excited. It has taken effort, balance, development, courage and when standing is finally accomplished, there is joy, excitement, good pride. And our command from Jesus is to stand firm. When attacked, stand firm. Keep your joy is the meaning. Keep remembering the joy of standing. Remember the joy of your salvation. Remember the joy of heaven being our home. Jesus does the fighting. Our job is to pray a LOT and stand. Stand for what is right, stand despite wanting to run away, it is not all fun and games but remember the joy and stand firm anyway. It is joyful. Standing is beautiful.❤
Just an update: our amazing band family is doing well as long as possible. Demos on http://www.smoothsentiment.us/demos . Kids are growing and healthy. I keep in touch with Joani. My walk with the Lord is strong. I have lost 47 pounds so far with just 3 to go to reach my goal! I feel great. God is good! ❤
So, this week we had VBS (Vacation Bible School). I helped with the Kindergarten class. We had a lot of kids and had moat of them all week long. They had a great time. At first, I dreaded working with so many young kids I was not used to or knew at all, thinking it would be just chaos. It wasn’t, it was refreshing instead. Kids that young just enjoy life, they spread joy and love, they explore and learn, they want to know. It was simply joyful. Thank you, God, for the joy you set before us and allowing that taste of purity and joy that will be in heaven. ❤