Saturday, February 6, 2010

Are you happy?

Adie periodically asks me this question. She is perceptive and usually asks me when I feel grumpy, down, sad, frustrated and wallowing in my own pity party. Last week I had to tell her that my heart was not happy and I was not allowing the joy of the Lord to be my strength.
Why is it that I so quickly try to use my own strength to go about my day? I know that I can't do it alone, but my actions don't align with my head knowledge. I walk around tired and frustrated and that is not the way I want to live. Jesus needs to be the center...not my "I am really tired attitude"

I have to be honest, I have never wanted to spring to come as much as I want it to come now. I know that I live in a huge house compared to the world's standards, but I feel the walls are creeping in. When you play, school, eat and work all in same area day after day, it can feel small.
I really wish I had a basement to send the kids down to play. Someday, Lord willing, that will be a possibility.

Psalm 28:7
The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song.


the j. crew said...

i always think the same thing when i feel like grumbling... we have it so good compared to people around the world... and the most wonderful thing... we are so blessed to have our children. (I always remember those sad days that they were not with us, and God does give me a heart of thankfulness.)

You have a lot going on, a big family adjusting to life and a newborn. i am praying for you.

blessings, janelle

Kristin said...

Thanks for the reminder that the JOY of the LORD is my strength! Even though we have to cram 8 people and luggage in our Yukon, I'm thankful for the chance to go to AZ and get out of my four walls! (The added bonus there is the warmth and sunshine *grin*)

Now that I've had my attitude adjustment for the day (thanks to you!) I'm going to go and complete my day with JOY!