Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Funny Day

I stole away to my room for a few quiet moments this morning, picked up my, "writing notebook," and this is what flowed from my pen:

Today is an odd day.  The sun is shining on and off, gracing us with its presence only occasionally, but the rain has yet to stop.  The wind is silent and the trees are still.  Rain falls directly down, un-bothered by the gusts which have hindered its course of late.  The grass grows greener every day specked with little white or purple flowers here and there.  Bulbs' points are slow in arriving this year, but they are slowly but surely making their entrance.  It is a light day, despite the grey clouds and gloomy appearance.  

Somehow God is helping me to be cheerful.  The younger children have been at each other's throats all morning, I feel sick and have a headache, but even so, I feel joyful.  God is good, is He not?

Since writing the above words I've been thinking further about what God is doing today.

Often, when we are struggling with something, God waits for us to submit and decide we are going to obey, and then He gives us the strength to do so.

I recently decided to ignore the weather (despite my very strong desire for sun) and just be joyful no matter what.  Since resolving  to obey to God in this way and, "give thanks to You forever," (Psalm 30:12) I've noticed that I actually have been more thankful and cheerful and joyful.

When I actually think about it, today has not been the grandest, but somehow all the annoying little things just aren't getting to me like they normally do.

Thank you, Lord, for helping me to be thankful.  Thank You for giving me the strength to be cheerful and full of joy, even when my circumstances are begging for a breakdown.


"I will bless the Lord at all times;
His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
My soul makes its boast in the Lord;
let the humble hear and be glad.
Oh, magnify the Lord with me,
and let us exalt His name together!"
(Psalm 34:1-3)

Over and out,



  1. Lovely post Emily! I like your inspired writings! Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving a little not in my guest book! I am much obliged! :) Hope you continue to be grateful for all God has given you, and that you keep up that cheerful spirit! God Bless!

  2. amen, this is so encouraging. It's so tempting to just break down and throw pity parties, but it doesn't cultivate anything positive. I give myself 5 minutes to be a debbie downer and no more hehe
    i can already tell God's deposited SO much joy in you. it's so refreshing to see

  3. Thank you, Hannah. It's so good to hear when God uses my posts to encourage others! I find that when I absolutely must be grumpy, it works best to go to my room, eat some chocolate and then just be happy, no matter how hard it is! (Yes, 5 minutes is a nice limit!)
    I have been thoroughly enjoying your blog. Your adventures are so fun to read about. =)

  4. This is so great, Emily. I have a card on my desk that reads: 'If you pause to think, you'll have cause to thank'- how true! Thank you for the reminder :) Megan

    1. What a great quote, Megan! Thank you for sharing that. Lovely blog, by the way. =)

  5. What you wrote in your journal is so beautiful.


  6. what a beautiful little post. it is true, that God is waiting for us to submit to Him so that he may help out. he wants us to fully rely on Him ;)
    xo TJ

    1. Thank you, TJ, I'm so glad that you enjoyed this post. =)