Monday’s Musings #255 & Never Alone

Never Alone & Monday's Musings #255

This week I had lunch with a dear friend. We are in the same season of life. It was a blessing not only to visit but to feel comfortable in sharing what we are going through these days. It’s not anything major but for both of us, it’s taking us on a journey we were not ready for. Yet to know we are not alone in our journey is a precious reassurance. Reminds me of the verse in Ecclesiastes, chapter 4, “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up!” 

The Lord is so good to give us friends who will walk through life with us. I am ever so grateful for the friends I have in my life. Truly. Be that as it may, I am privy to an even more wonderful relationship that never, ever fails me.

When life gets challenging, the Lord never leaves us. When we hit lows, He is ever present. Our “times are in His hands” it says in Psalm 31, verse 15. If our times are in His hands, we can believe He will help us through whatever we are experiencing. Discouragement, sadness, and any other negative emotion that we might allow to encompass us during any season of life, He removes because He is right there with us. “Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence?” (Psalm 139:7) In addition, all of our sweet precious moments of joy are in His hands as well. Those times that make us smile and rejoice, He orchestrates.

All events that concern us, and the timing of them, belong to Him. They are at God’s disposal. Matthew Henry, in his commentary on Psalm 31, states that “David didn’t prescribe to God, he subscribed to Him.” In other words, he agreed with the Lord and accepted God’s design for his life. All of it.

See, we are never alone no matter where we are in life. Our God is a faithful presence. And we can (I will!) rejoice in that! “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” (Psalm 16:11)

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Never Alone & Monday's Musings #255

Monday’s Musings Purpose:

To have others share encouragement about being a child of God, being a godly wife, motherhood, homemaking, homeschooling, healthy recipes, modest dress, etc. (I reserve the right to remove anything I deem unacceptable. Keep in mind this is a Christian blog.)

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2. This link up party stays open until Wednesday evening. Know that sometimes I share your posts on Pinterest, Twitter and/or Facebook because I desire for our readers to be blessed.

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Learning To Breathe In A New Season

Learning To Breathe In A New Season | What Joy Is Mine

I am learning to breathe in a new season of life. Over my life time, to date, I have lived through several different seasons. I am not referring to winter, spring, summer and fall. I am talking about seasons of life. I have lived through seasons of grief, joy, sadness, worry, happiness, and fear to name a few. Today my season is adaption.

We are blessed to have two children living at home still. However, they are learning to become adults in this world and their schooling and jobs take them away from home throughout the week. I find myself at home alone during those periods. This is a new season for me and I am working on adapting to it.

Life is full of different seasons. Some of those seasons we may even repeat. With each season we live through, we have to learn to breathe anew. Whether its going from being single to being married, or going from being just the two of you to three of you, or going from having your parents around to letting them go, or going through a job change, its all new seasons of life to walk through. Each one carrying with it lessons to grow us up in the Lord and strengthen our faith in Him. Even those seasons we might repeat, God is always sanctifying us as his children.

So, how do we learn to breathe through each season we live through?

1. We get on our knees.And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart.” (Luke 18:1) Prayer is a powerful tool for the Christian. Coming before the Lord and laying all we have at His feet and seeking wisdom is one of the best things we can do in every season of life. We turn it over to Him and let Him lead the way.

2. We accept the will of God for us.Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” (Ephesians 5:17) God’s will for us is perfect for us. His will, the sovereign design of all things, is always best for us, even the trials we endure. He has a purpose for our sanctification and that is to be more like Christ.

3. We rely on God’s strength and not our own. “The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped.” (Psalm 28:7) All seasons of life will challenge us in some way. Being a wife, a mother, gaining a new friend, going to a new church, suffering a loss of loved one, etc., require strength to endure. Strength found in ourselves will fail because we are weak but strength found in our Lord will prevail because He is faithful. He will help us in each season of life we live through.

4. We trust the plan for our lives. “Teach me to do your will, for you are my God! Let your good Spirit lead me on level ground!” (Psalm 143:10) The Lord has a purpose and plan for our lives. He is intentional and sovereign over every detail. We can walk through our time on this earth knowing that each season is not in vain. God is working in us to further our growth in our faith in Jesus Christ. We just need to trust Him and what He is doing.

5. We understand that seasons will change and bring new challenges. “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1) Being aware that life brings us different seasons is important in helping us grasp how to breathe through each one. Embracing each new season is way better than fighting it. We need to let the Lord do His work in us for our good and His glory.

6. We view each season as a time to grow spiritually. “Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity.” (Hebrews 6:1) Believe it or not, every season we breathe through grows us spiritually.  We do not experience our seasons in vain. God is purposeful and desires us to be more like His Son. “For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son.” (Romans 8:29)

7. We walk with a grateful heart. “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18) This shouldn’t need much explaining. A grateful heart always puts a different perspective on our seasons in life. It is a form of worship. It celebrates the greatness and graciousness of God and a grateful heart helps keep us from feeling negative emotions like resentment, bitterness or anger to name a few.

Seasons of life become much more bearable and joy-filled when we seek and rely on the Lord and not ourselves. Whatever season we are in today, it is my prayer we will seek our God and His will through prayer, trust His well designed plan for our lives and understand we will grow and change, aiming to become more Christ-like, while expressing gratitude along the way.

Are you learning to breathe through a new season of life?

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Monday’s Musings #233 & Stepping Aside

Monday's Musings #233 & Stepping Aside | What Joy Is Mine

One of the best things us Christians can do in any situation in life is step aside. Yet, sometimes we find it is the hardest thing to do. When life throws us curve balls, especially, we often take things into our own hands instead of stepping aside and letting God do His thing. We think we can do it better or handle it without Him. But the truth is, we can’t on both accounts. Psalm 55:22 says, “Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.

See, our trials do not take God by surprise. He knows they are coming. He knows all the details surrounding them. And He knows how we will be when they come upon us. So, why do we insist on walking through them in our own strength and wisdom? Why do we feel He won’t be enough so we gotta fill in the gaps? Why do we believe God isn’t fully present when we’re suffering? Why don’t we step aside? Jeremiah 29:11 reminds us that God knows the plans He has for us. So, It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man.” (Psalm 118:8)

Often when trials happen, we tend to lean on our abilities and knowledge instead of running to our Father. We forget He is able. Able to get us through and bring us out on the other side. Able to carry us then place us down gently on our two feet to stand. Able to hear and answer our heartfelt prayers as He sees best. Able to hold us close and bring us comfort in our hour of need. Able to remind us how much He loves us with an abundant love that never fails or lessens.

This is the God we love and serve. So very able! We just need to step aside and trust Him. We need to let go of the reins and give Him control. Denying ourselves and relying on our Lord is where we find peace and contentment during all tribulations we will experience in life. So, today, step aside if you are going through a rough patch in life. Give it all over to God and let Him carry you. He is faithful and able. “Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us…” (Ephesians 3:20)

Welcome to another Monday’s Musings. Thank you for being here. What do you have to share this week?

Monday's Musings 233 | What Joy Is Mine

Monday’s Musings Purpose:

To have others share encouragement about being a child of God, being a godly wife, motherhood, homemaking, homeschooling, healthy recipes, modest dress, etc. (I reserve the right to remove anything I deem unacceptable. Keep in mind this is a Christian blog.)

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Monday’s Musings #232 & Self Denial

 Self Denial & Monday's Musings | What Joy Is Mine

Self denial is a rarity in our society. Selfishness is more the order of the day than not. Yet, in Luke 9:23, Jesus says, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.” Simply put, it is a command for self denial–first–then we can take up our cross and follow Him. So, what is true self denial? There are a few questions to ask ourselves that will help us know if we live selfishly or in self denial.

1. What is it you live for? What pushes you out of your bed every day?

2. What principally tugs at your heart the most? Your marriage? Your children? Your job? Your faith?

3. What do you most prize? What sits predominately on the throne of your heart?

After we answer these questions, we must ask ourselves this final question: Is it glorifying to God?

When Jesus said, “he must deny himself,” it is a call for self denial. Self denial is “the denial of one’s interests and needs.” The sin of selfishness will cause us to stumble in this command given by Jesus. Selfishness replaces God on the throne of our hearts with other things or persons to steal away our attention from Him. “Where God’s interests are the strongest, there self denial is sincere,” wrote famous theologian, Richard Baxter.

So, God must be the single focus of our heart. The way we live, speak, think, act, etc., ought to be done to the glory of God and to please Him. Denying ourselves and putting the Lord first enables us to live for Him and not ourselves. True self denial for a follower of Jesus lives to prize their salvation and God’s presence in their life. Whereas, selfishness of heart chooses to gratify the flesh and all it desires.

We experience self denial by removing everything that replaces the Lord in our lives. Now, our hearts can be ruled by God, His Holy Word, and His Holy Spirit, which we receive upon accepting Jesus as our Savior. Our carnal self is no longer satisfied. Instead, we have an amazing Father who draws our heart to Himself. He is our focus and real love. He is now the master of our lives.

In a word, true self denial is procured by the knowledge and love of God.” (Richard Baxter) We can only come by this in having a personal relationship with Him and seeking to be in His presence daily by reading, studying and hiding His Word in our heart. When we love the Lord “with all our heart, with all our soul, and with all our mind” (Matthew 22:37), we won’t want anything else to be on the throne of our heart.

Search now and try your heart to know if you possess the necessary grace of self denial. Then, live it daily. “Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test!” (2 Corinthians 13:5)

Hello again friends. We are officially in the month of September and today is probably a day off for most due to it being Labor Day. However, I hope we get a good turn out. Thank you so much for visiting and for commenting. I enjoy hearing from you on both accounts. Well, let’s get to it.

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Monday’s Musings Purpose:

To have others share encouragement about being a child of God, being a godly wife, motherhood, homemaking, homeschooling, healthy recipes, modest dress, etc. (I reserve the right to remove anything I deem unacceptable. Keep in mind this is a Christian blog.)

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1. Please link directly to the post you’re sharing. Be sure to link back here by using a text link or the logo in the side bar.

2. This link up party stays open until Wednesday evening. Know that sometimes I share your posts on Pinterest, Twitter and/or Facebook because I desire for our readers to be blessed.

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Monday’s Musings #225 & How To Enjoy God

How To Enjoy God & Monday's Musings #225 | What Joy Is Mine

Our family is in the middle of studying the Westminster Shorter Catechism (WSC). If you’re not familiar with it, the Westminster Shorter Catechism is a form of reformed Christian faith instruction by means of questions and answers written in 1646 and 1647 by the Westminster Assembly to educate followers of Jesus Christ about God as Creator, the original sin and the fallen state of man’s nature, the sacraments of Holy Communion and Baptism, the Ten Commandments and the Lord’s Prayer. It has been a blessing to our family and our faith.

The very first question in the WSC is probably the most popular. “What is the chief end of man?“. The answer is “Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and enjoy Him forever.” Really, the answer given contains two answers in one. The first part addresses living a life that glorifies God. The second part addresses enjoying God forever. I want to share my thoughts on the latter part of the answer.

What does it mean to enjoy God? Enjoy defined is “to take pleasure or satisfaction in the possession or experience of.” When we enjoy something or someone we are completely delighted in it or them. There is a satisfaction we receive. Concerning our Father, enjoying Him is a matter of acknowledging who He is in this world, in our lives and in the life to come.

In this world, we enjoy Him as Creator. Creator of all things. We agree  “For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.” (Colossians 1:16) All is His and created by Him. Creation reflects who He is and His glory always and forever.

In our lives, we enjoy Him as our Father, who sent a Savior, Jesus Christ, to rescue us. “Yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist.” (1 Corinthians 8:6) Because He has redeemed us, we can enjoy Him and all He is to us daily. We can embrace His steadfast love for us with rejoicing and seek His face in everyday doings. God is present in our lives and we ought to take great care in enjoying Him in all things. Our hearts should be like David’s, “O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.” (Psalm 63:1) Listen, what are all the enjoyments of the world without the enjoyment of God? “And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you.” (Psalm 73:25)

In the life to come, we enjoy Him eternally forever. Not just in this life but in the heavenly realms where He is seated. We remind ourselves, “Whom have I in heaven but you?” (Psalm 73:25) To enjoy Him eternally means we must have conformity with Him in grace first. In other words, we have been adopted into His family through His Son Jesus, who paid our debt of sin on the cross and by His resurrection. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)

So, how do we enjoy God? Bringing this to a more applicable way of thinking:

~As we open our eyes to greet the day ahead, we ought to thank God for another day of life and breath, knowing we serve and love an awesome Lord without whom we would not have our being. 

~As we put our feet on the floor to rise and begin our daily tasks, we ought to ask God for strength, wisdom, and joy as we face a new day and all it will hold including any trials that might come upon us. 

~As we eat our first meal, we ought to thank God for daily provisions as we need to survive and thrive.

~As we mother our children, we ought to seek Him for direction and wisdom to raise our children to further His kingdom.

~As we love our husbands, we ought to ask God to show us how to be the helpers He created us to be towards our husbands at all times. 

~As we lay our heads down to rest, we ought to reflect on our day, confessing and asking for forgiveness of sins, being grateful for blessings and daily care, praying over people and situations laid on our heart, and closing our eyes knowing the peace, mercy and love of our Lord is ours for all the days of our lives.

Today, let’s start anew, enjoying our God with a heart that believes without doubt that He is present in our lives through all situations and events, loving us with a steadfast love.

I pray you had a fabulous week. As we embark on a new week, I always look forward to Mondays because you visit and share much encouragement. Thank you.

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Monday’s Musings Purpose: I would LOVE! to have you share encouragement about being a child of God, being a godly wife, motherhood, homemaking, homeschooling, healthy recipes, modest dress, etc. (I reserve the right to remove anything I deem unacceptable. Keep in mind this is a Christian blog.) Please link directly to the post you’re sharing. Be sure to link back here by using a text link or the logo below. This link up party stays open until Wednesday evening. Oh, and sometimes I share your posts on Pinterest, Twitter and/or Facebook because I desire for our readers to be blessed. Thank you for visiting and linking up. Now, let’s get to sharing. Link following this post. Grab my link button in the side bar and place on your blog so others know about our community and can join in.

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