Hey sweet sister! It’s an honor, sincere joy, and privilege to spend a few moments with you today!
I hope your week is off to a great start and that the little things are making you smile. I pray that with each new day you’ll see it as a new opportunity to keep going and to keep trying.
But what about those days where you can’t seem to turn that frown upside down? That even when the sunshine is hitting your skin, it just can’t seem to sink in.
You’re not alone.
I’ve been there.
If I had it my way, you & I would be at the cutest little coffee shop as our hands were being warmed by a mug. We’d quickly go submarine deep into a sweet conversation about life and all it’s been throwing our way.
But since the Lord is keeping us both busy right where we are, I’m honored to share this screen with you today:) I’m sending you a big air hug as we speak! I pray you feel the Fathers warmth upon your soul like the coziest blanket today.
Today I just wanted to share with you a few scriptures & simple suggestions, sister to sister, on how to CHOOSE JOY on a HARD DAY.
We don’t really think about it, but my gosh, we have so many choices thrown at us within a 24 hour window.
The choice to hit snooze.
To cook over ordering takeout.
The choice to stay in & do the assignment over hanging out with friends.
The choice to exercise.
The choice to go to Church after a late Saturday night in college.
The choice to prioritize your marriage even though the toddler age is a handful.
There are a lot of choices we subconsciously walk in without even realizing a decision was ever made.
Surrrre, Your steps may be small, but as you keep putting one foot in front of the other in the same direction you’ll end up somewhere!
So where do you want that to be?
Where do you want your heart and mind to be when life, emotions, & circumstances out of your control are thrown your way?
The only thing we can control is our ACTIONS and REACTIONS.
So it’s not IF, but WHEN these things come your way, how are you going to respond?
God’s word says that, “our words are an overflow of our heart”. (Luke 6:45)
So whatever is in there, is gonna come out.
My stars, I get it. When the to-do list isn’t getting done, she gets asked out and you’ve been single forever, you just broke-up when your bestie got engaged, the pregnancy announcements keep being posted when heaven just gained your angel baby, it’s more than “difficult” to see the light when the clouds seem to only follow you.
…I’m sorry things have been hard.
Our Father sees you. Your pain. Your season, sorrow, and situation.
But even here, He wants you to know that your words have POWER.
LIFE & DEATH to be exact. (Proverbs 18:21)
Imagine your heart is a garden, and your words are seeds. Friend, you can either grow flowers, or you can grow weeds.
Choosing JOY may not always look like a smile, but those lips can speak life.
On a hard day, speak kindly to yourself. To others. Your spouse. kiddos. Siblings. People in the office or in line at the store. (Or even to your own heart when you’re in standstill traffic!)
1 Samuel 16:7 tells us that man looks at the outward appearance, but God looks at the heart.
They may not see those dark storm clouds over the soil of your soul… but your Father does.
He sees you & hears every prayer. Psalm 3:4
Not only can you choose joy by speaking life, you can also plant yourself in life giving environments.
Sisters need support.
Oh I know… it’s much easier to binge that show and grab that rocky road pint out of the freezer with no regrets, but the enemy would much rather see you isolated and alone.
Choosing JOY on a hard day means choosing to let people in.
You don’t have to do this alone.
You were never meant to!
So whatever season you’re in today, I want you to know you’re special, loved, chosen.
You’re not just wanted, but needed.
Today is a good day to CHOOSE joy.
& let people into your season.
Love your freckle faced friend forever,