Monday, May 4, 2009

Choose JOY

The sermon at church this past Sunday hit home for me (again!!:) I thought it was so crazy because Richard kept talking about how he had this whole other sermon planned...but God just kept laying it on his heart to preach about something else. I am just sooooo grateful to have someone like Richard leading the church because he follows his heart and what God is asking of him. Luckily - he decided to talk about choosing "joy" and not pessimism.

I've been really struggling lately with looking at the negative aspect of everything in my life. I've been worrying about how I'm gonna pay this huge bill I got for Max's ear surgery, but I've been forgetting to think about all the stuff I do have and how I've been able to pay all my bills on time by myself since G and I seperated.
I've also been tempted to lay all kinds of things out about G - just so I can say "See, this is why I made this decision," or "can you believe that?" or whatever. But why am I wanting to do that - what is my motive. I have to look close at my reasoning - and once I did I knew that it was just a selfish desire for people to relate to me. For people to sympathize...but instead I should be looking at all the positive going on!! I need to choose JOY...I just needed a little reminder from my Savior (cleverly disguised by Richards words in the sermon)!!

And don't get me wrong - there is ALOT of JOY to be savored in my life right now...I just forget that every once in awhile:) Here's to capturing the joy in your life - whether it be something huge or something small :) Here are just a few of the people who bring JOY to my life:


sarah said...

Abbie~ I love this post. It is so easy to look at the negative things that are going on in your life. I often think the same way, and need reminded that I am blessed with so many joyful things in life.
Thank you so much for sharing this with me. Love ya lots, and miss ya bunches :)

Jamie said...

What a great post. You are amazing and so darn cute. :) Have a great week!!

Lauren said...

"The JOY of the Lord is my strength." Neh. 8:10

Chelsa said...

thanks abbie- i often times need this reminder, especially lately.

you are too cute in all these pics :)

Jen said...

I just want you to know that you bring joy to my life and I see Christ in you and all that you do. You are a rock!

Whitney Dyer said...

Thanks for sharing this blog! I always think of the negative instead of the positive! I'm trying to do better, so I know how hard it is! Hope you are having a great week so far!

Ashley said...

You always have great little reminders! I always try to look at the positive in things. It keeps me going!! Sometimes we do need reminders though:) Life can be hard but life is great. Loved all the pics...they are always so cute!!