* is it OK that I have a serious desire to enjoy my life?
* Why am I so shocked when one or more of my people have crunchy attitudes?
* Can I enjoy my day even if others are determined not to?
When I have such questions I try to make it a habit to God to the Lord for my answers. The word and its opinions always leave we confused.
Is it OK to want to enjoy my life? The first scripture that comes to mind is 1 Peter 3:10-13
" For whoever desires to love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit; let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil. "
OK, so wanting to enjoy life is a human thing not just a Jess thing and even more sweetly God wants us to enjoy it even in its fallen state. Ah! some times I wish I could physically give my God a huge squeezer hug! He is so kind!
Why am I shocked at other people sin? Honestly, its more that I don't want to be inconvenienced by it. If my husband is struggling then its not light hearted play time and if my kids are struggling then I am called to steadfastly train. Basically, I want to play all the time. Not really God's plan for my life. Sad I know but get over it Jess! His plan for my life is that I would seek Him first. In that seeking the Prince of PEACE, I will see good days. It didn't say see perfect circumstances or days void of tempest. See the secret is in the worship. When deep cries out to deep. When our spirit meets with God's spirit we can take heart because He has over come the world. (John 16:33) He promises tribulation in this world. To expect anything less is naive and honestly uneducated! Eek! I totally just said that.
When we worship God with our lives, with our daily stuff we can enjoy our days even if no one else wants to. Let me be clear I am not talking about the giant trials right now. I am taking about the everyday frustrations of life. Does this truth in God's word apply to the big stuff of course but the delivery would be a little more gentle.
So that's it. When we go to God's word to answer our life questions and get educated on His heart and His way through this fallen life we can aline our expectations with His. Which for me has looked more like not having any and just seeking Him first with all my heart. Not that I have obtained it but I have heard the call and I am running hard after it. Lets run together.
Below are some of our enjoyable moments last week. Don't be fooled by the fun pictures for every great moment there was 5 hard ones. But I want to remember these!
Psalm 42:7 Deep calls to deep at the roar of You waterfalls; all Your breakers and You have gone over me.