Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Living Victoriously

Life is filled with Sighed moments and "what if" moments.... Filled with "I wish" or "Too bad...."
How do we change these negative moments into more positive ones?
How do we truly live in joy and exude it to those around us?
Just when I feel I am grasping the concept...woosh. I am faced with one of those "sighing" moments and I feel the joy seep from my bones.
I guess it all boils down to our choice.
Do we choose to dwell on those negative things and really get bogged down by them?
Or do we dismiss those thoughts and start singing instead?
But really now, don't we have a 'right' to feel negative? Hmm... perhaps not. The Apostle Paul says "I count it ALL joy." Does that mean everything? Again: "I have learned in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content (Phil. 4:11)" Really? Everything?! What about those times when everything inside of me screams out and wants to be negative and discontent with my situation? Do I have to give thanks then? Do I have to count it all joy? Do I really have to be content?
Evidentally so.
But how? How do we find this peace and joy and full surrender?
At the cross. It begins each morning as I talk to God, read His Word and surrender my will to His and invite Him to be the Lord of my life.
But what if I don't have time?! My life is so bogged down, Lord! I barely feel like I have time to breath sometimes. Running this way and that, cleaning up after little ones, feeding little ones, and on and on it goes til I feel like I'm spinning fast but in three different directions at once! I'm left feeling exhausted!
And then.... this thought comes to mind:
"They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings as Eagles. They shall run and not be weary. They shall walk and not be faint. Isa. 40:30)
Hmm... food for thought here. So really, we're giving God less time because we are so busy with mothering and trying to be joyful in all things when REALLY we ought to be spending MORE time with Him so that we can really truly obtain strength for the day ahead. "For He is faithful Who promised..."
So it's left up to me. Do I truly want His strength? Do I want to have His victory in my life? Do I want and desire to exemplify Christ in my every day living? Because if I don't, I will be a mess. Simply put, I will be tired and drained, joyless and victory-less and inside I will just shrivel up and die because in and of myself there is no might. Sounds lovely, eh? I think not. So why fight it? Why not surrender myself to His power and begin living with strength in Him?
It's a day to day battle but-
~His power is there for the asking~

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