Monday, July 5, 2010

Sticky Joy

Step by step, mop by mop, learning the happy dance in our family. Each Monday, I'm gonna share, straight up, from the heart, the sticky stuff that needed to be mopped up in my life, shiny floors illuminating the light revealed.

Choosing joy, rejoicing no matter what circumstances scream. Emotions, they lie. Situations distort the truth. God's Word, hmmm always perfect truth, trustworthy. Lean on it even with sticky floors.

In our family, we have learned to soak in God's truth. Proclaiming His Word over our day. Meditating, really getting it in, so deep that whatever comes our way, we smile and let the Truth wash over our hearts. A process, consistent, dramatic results.

Each day I wipe slumber from my eyes and whisper 'This is the day the Lord has made and I will rejoice and be glad in it.' Been saying it until I believe it. I dare you to start and never stop.

Sleepy mommy, no need to explain. I choose to rejoice. Circumstances begin to shout. On hands and knees cleaning up, well things only a mommy cleans. You get the picture. Can I still be happy?

I had laid the foundation. On hands and knees in a kitchen covered with sticky staining ick, wiping, slopping and smiling. From down deep it comes. The tune bursts forth and I begin to sing "This is the day, the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it."

Planted in my heart, His Word works, always. It gets inside if we will deposit it and colors the way we see the world. It's the true secret to the Happy Dance.

35 comments:

Mom to 9 Blessings! said...

Praying whoever got sick is feeling better. Praying that you get rest and wake restored once again in His new mercies!

I too love to cling to the words of truth after living underneath the lies for so long!

Hugs and love,
Jill

natali said...

i love this post! :))

-t- said...

I love it! Am thankful for the opportunity to join you in the drenching of His goodness :)

A couple of months ago I caught a series by Joyce and she said that often the facts are 'this & that' but we must remember that His truth is always truth- no matter the circumstances, no matter the facts.

His Word renews my mind & His Truth is just that, all of the time & no matter what!

Thank you for sharing, for your honesty, and encouragement.

Grace and peace to you!

Rebekah said...

Absolutely! Love the testimony of the Lord and His Word! He changes us day by day!

Tammy@If Meadows Speak... said...

My comment approval is not working...so I wanted to say I'm so very glad you stopped by my place. But I'm even happier I found yours! I'm linking up with your journey. I feel a connection with your words. So glad you are allowing God to shine through them. :)

Jennifer @ Getting Down With Jesus said...

True happiness comes from the joy that is part of the fruit of the Spirit.

You share that spirit of joy here. Thank you, Sara! I enjoy your happy dance.

Joyeful said...

Ah, I'm too familiar with sticky floors!!! And choosing joy while mopping up the muck is one thing God is continuously teaching me!


"Each day I wipe slumber from my eyes and whisper 'This is the day the Lord has made and I will rejoice and be glad in it.' Been saying it until I believe it. I dare you to start and never stop."

Love this!!

The Gotch 5 said...

Well I am now getting ready to go and mop up the entire shaker of garlic powder that my precious 2 year old dumped all over the floor....this is the day that the LORD has made I WILL rejoice and be glad in it.....this is the day that the LORD has made I WILL rejoice and be glad in it...

DORCAS said...

Hey the comment thing is happening to me too. But I wanted to say thanks so much for sharing! This is so very true!! This is a verse I shall repeat every morning from now on.

~blessings

Dorcas
4sweetangels.blogspot.com

emily wierenga said...

oh, i am learning, this joy... exactly what i wrote about today in my blog. thank you for 'splashing' around on my site :) bless you sister.

~Sandy~ said...

Great post!!!!!Just what I needed the AM.

Runner Mom said...

Hey, Sara! Love this! I need to adopt that attitude when mopping and scrubbing unidentifiable ick on the floor! Beautiful, sweet friend. Hope you enjoy this day that He has blessed us with!
Hugs!
susan

Kay said...

This is so beautiful and encouraging! I love your analogies!!!

~*~KIMBERLY~*~ said...

What a blessing. Praise the LORD! Amen.

Betty said...

Hi there! Just noticed your comment on my blog (that's my "on the side" blog) today and hopped over and love what I read today. Actually goes with what I literally just wrote in my prayer journal "I am in the valley, Lord. I'm sure it's a lesson to act on truth and not emotion. Would you guide me as I walk? Teach me to move, think act on fact, truth, YOU, not on my emotions?"
Thanks for stopping by, thanks for sharing your heart. Beautiful words.
)real blog: www.untilparadise.blogspot.com

Theresa said...

Oh, perfect post. I am sitting here and losing my happiness as the heat is starting to get to me. I can rejoice anyway. We do have A/C! Thanks for sharing.

Anita C. McCants said...

Uplifting post.
I find myself singing "This is the
day that the Lord has made" quite
often. It is a happy song :^)

Crystal said...

Thanks for visiting my blog, Sara! I've splashed a little in your waters and it's a great place to be today :) I love your Painted Thanks entry - I'm going to try that idea one day. And as I vacuum and wipe my floor today (seriously needed!), I will think of you and rejoice in the day that God has given me. See you soon!

Tabitha said...

Amen! Loved it!

Denise said...

I enjoyed this post.

Suz said...

What a joy to read your words. To rejoice, as Paul did, in all circumstances is what we all strive for.

Thanks for your post.

Linda said...

Such powerful truth Sara. We always have a choice. I confess, I sometimes choose to wallow in my own emotional responses to my circumstances. It is only when I center my heart on Him and His living Word that peace and joy come. Real peace and joy - not a fragile emotional thing - sent from the heart of the Father.
I have to choose daily to receive it.

Michelle said...

Thanks so much for stopping by! I like this post. I, too, am having to say some Scriptures over and over until they are ingrained into my being.

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

Yes and Amen.

Michelle said...

yeah, this is great - I needed to read this today - thank you :)

richies said...

Two words jumped out at me. "Choosing Joy". What a thought. We can actually choose how to feel. Thanks for a great, thought provoking post.

An Arkies Musings

twinkle said...

Good encouragement. I love washing dishes and singing to Jesus while I'm there. His JOY rises to the top like cream.

Thank you for the comment to my post and come visit any time!

Jo Princess Warrior said...

Otherside of the planet but I feel like our hearts are connected. Love your rawness. xo

Christy said...

You have a beautiful blog. Thanks for sharing. Your grateful heart touches my soul. Even thought you had to mop up the nasty mess of it all... still rejoicing in the midst will be the biggest testimony to your children!

God Bless,
christy

Shanny said...

Thanks for visiting and leaving such a sweet comment. I have enjoyed "splashing" around your blog today. Your posts are very inspirational. Thanks for sharing.

Barbie said...

Very encouraging and uplifting. We always have His Word in us, even during those times when life gets sticky!

Pet said...
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Pet said...

Hi and thank you for splashing by, I look forward to reading you post. Blessings!

Manda said...

Sounds like a wonderful way to start a Monday... with a thankful heart focused on the blessings and work of God.

Satin said...

Your writing is a gift. Thank you for sharing. I am so glad that I stumbled upon your blog!!