Tuesday, October 30, 2012

How can I be Joyful in Hard Times?

Good Morning, Dear Friends and Prayer Partners! This is the day that the Lord has made and we will rejoice and be glad in it! Sweater weather today!  I added another blanket last night and was glad I did! While Sandy is still doing terrific damage in the east and now the midwest, we have blue skies and lots of chilly wind. But the sun is shining and it will warm up some, I'm sure.

Besides laundry yesterday, I did some cleaning out of cupboards, and reading, but not much else. I needed to do grocery shopping, so decided to go to Winn Dixie, since my cleaning lady and friend said she gets free gas from shopping there. Well, even though it is the closest of several supermarkets, I have never liked shopping at WD, and will not again for major stuff. I think they have raised the prices on most items I usually buy, just so they can offer free gas with  some items...none of which I bought. Oh, well, lesson learned. I will continue my Publix and Sweetbay shopping, both of which are better stores. Of course, it could have been the awful choice of music that was blasting and the screaming voice of the singer(?) as well as the small people running around and screeching that made the shopping not a pleasure! Just call me an old fuddy duddy, but I think some control should be the parents responsibility. Enough said on that subject!

Later on, I visited the park and found peace and quiet there, even though the wind was blowing and not many people were in sight. The small gopher tortoise was racing ;o) around and the anhinga drying wings while on the weir were the familiar sights. Several tables had people eating and one was studying at a lone table. A good place for bookwork, except I would be looking at the scenery and the water as well as the trees with the moss swaying in the wind! God is good!

From the Promise Bible NLT:

Habakkuk 3:17-18 
Even though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vine, even though the olive crop fails, and the fields lie empty and barren; even though the flocks die in the fields, and the cattle barns are empty, yet I will rejoice in the Lord!  I will be joyful in the God of my salvation.

Philippians 4:4, 12
Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again...rejoice! I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, and plenty or little.

Joy is a choice. We may not realize it , but we choose our moods and our attitudes. God's promises in Christ are the basis for choosing joy no matter what we face.

The promise of our future resurrection helps us look beyond the problems of daily life. It is not escapism or wishful thinking. It is a reality that fuels our joy by keeping things in perspective.

I always give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers with thanksgiving, joy and love!

Love and hugs,