I have been enjoying the quiet mornings before the kids get up the last couple of weeks. When we get back into our homeschool routine, I benefit greatly by these few moments before the household is stirring. My husband sits at the kitchen table eating his breakfast and checking out the news of the day and I turn a little corner of my living room into my private sanctuary. I seek God through His Word and Bible study and I receive so much encouragement for my soul. This one discipline is what helps me make it through the busyness of life.
I am also learning to add a few minutes into my routine to plan out my day and week. I get easily distracted with all the things I juggle on a daily basis and having a written plan and goals for the day help me stay focused. From this attention to my spiritual needs and organizing my time, I am beginning to see some fruit in my life. I am keeping my experience in Romania close to my heart and trying not to forget the lessons of slowing life down and focusing on the important things in my life.
As I am encouraged by the Lord in my daily quiet time, I am finding my heart overflowing with blessings and I am noticing the needs of others around me more and more. I am purposing to send an encouraging note to moms that I notice need a bright spot in their day. I am trying to make a point to stop and talk to younger moms at church. I am praying for opportunities to encourage and pray for other moms. Jotting down reminders to send a card, email or instant message helps me be intentional about encouragement. Good intentions only take you so far. I need the accountability of writing things down. This is sort of my contract with myself not to fritter away my days in meaningless tasks. I want to spend my time on things that matter to God and things that matter to me.
The Joy of the Lord
As I receive joy and encouragement from the Lord, I am equipped to share those blessings with others. This is not based on my circumstances or feelings. This is an outflow from my quiet time. Realizing that God has me here on the earth for a purpose makes me want to accomplish His will each and every day. I don’t want to miss the opportunities He brings into my life. I can be a part of accomplishing His plan each and every day if I stay in tune with the Holy Spirit and listen for His promptings.
Strength for the Journey
“The joy of the Lord is my strength”. – Nehemiah 8:10b
I love this familiar Bible verse because it reminds me that joy that comes from the Lord, the joy in the heart, is not based on what is going on around me. It is different from happiness that is only temporary. The joy of the Lord is able to give me stability and strength for the road of life ahead of me. My God is so faithful to give me the things I need for my journey. I am excited about the journey this week. How about you? Are you looking for opportunities to be a blessing and give encouragement?