Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Trying to be "Calmly Happy"

With every burden and sorrow added to my life,
my body groans.
The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.

My flesh protests the trials,
but my spirit knows they are not out of the plans
of my loving Heavenly Father. 
He loves me.
He truly loves me.
He proved that at Calvary.

But, I am weak, frail and human.
When my flesh tells me the pain is more than I can handle,
 that still, small spirit reminds me~

I Corinthians 10:13
"No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man;
but God is faithful,
who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able,
but with the temptation will also make the way of escape,
that you may be able to bear it."

When my flesh whines about the lack of joy in my life,
my spirit reminds me~

Because He has promised to never leave me nor forsake me,
joy is available.
I just need to bask in His presence instead of my misery.

I was struggling with walking in joy,
then I read this blog post by Bevy at Treasured Up and Pondered.
Her son's pre-school teacher sent her the most amazing note.

Dear Mom,Enjoy this Tuesday. "This is the day the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it" Psalm 118:24 - I just heard this verse again 2 days ago. I purposed in my heart to Rejoice (Bible meaning - full of cheer, calmly happy). I forgot how nice it is to Rejoice through the days. I know life is not easy - some seasons are like Spring and some are hard like Winter. I pray for strength for each of you today as you are at a job or at home, as you parent and as you play. If you are finding it hard to Rejoice - I pray you will talk to God about it and He will encourage you with His love.

Mrs. B. (Pre-K teacher)

I'm in a winter season,
but the  buds and blooms in my yard
give me hope and promise of
new life,
new joy,
a new season in life.

How do you resurrect joy in your heart and life?

With winter lingering this long,
some of us can use all the encouragement we can get.


  1. Remember that our dear Lord and Saviour was a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. How he grieved for the wickedness of this world and the stubborness of his people. Your stedfast trust in him even through these hard times is a sure sign that he is with you and while it seems desperately dark now the joy of your Lord IS your strength and will return in time. A verse I love: "For this God is our God for ever and ever, he will be our guide, even unto death." Psalm 48

  2. Thank you emuch for your timely encouragement!! That was 'me' for the past week, even though the sun was brilliantly singing. The Lord is faithful and He brought me to a point where my spirits lifted inside...the burden on my heart is still there but I am not feeling it because Jesus is carrying it.

    I liked the kindergarten teacher's note as well as all the thoughts and verses you shared.

  3. I'm so glad to "hear" that her note continues to bless and encourage.

    I'm praying for you too.

  4. Quite literally, still in the middle of winter, I am trying to take a moment to rejoice in every little thing I can rejoice over...the dishes are done, REJOICE! There is sunshine in my window, REJOICE....

  5. What an awesome note! Great post. My sister always tells me "Remember,this is just a season. This will pass, and the next season may not be any better, but this is a season, and it will not be forever." While it's not as encouraging as I'd like, the sentiment is real! Have a blessed day!


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