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Cotton Candy or Asparagus?

Sometimes...the Wii is off for extended periods of time. Sometimes...the phones and computers are off limits.  Sometimes...we don't watch movies.  And sometimes...ALL of these boundaries come into play at once. The result? PEACE. LAUGHTER...and a NEW APPETITE.

You see, as we feed ourselves, we develop an appetite for what we are eating. We even begin to crave it after a while. It is for this reason, we sometimes...take a break; fasting that which we have been feasting on in order to change our cravings.

At first, no one wants to eat differently.It's like choosing asparagus over cotton candy. But...after a while, the longing to hold on to mediocre is gone. Other interests have reappeared. Relationships are even deepened. Hearts have been turned and our appetites are changed.

It's not that I don't like the conveniences and luxury of TV, Wii, cell phones, computers...and so on. No!  It's that I want my family to have an appetite for the BEST not just the good. Who wouldn't rather have steak and lobster than a burger??? The burger is good, but the steak is better!

I was reading in Matthew 6 this morning and as I read vs. 22-24, I thought about training our appetites.

"The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single {clear}, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness! No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon."

The key to our appetite {our heart, our desire}...begins with the eyes.

What is the old adage? "Out of sight, out of mind." Just think for a moment...you decide to only drink water so you get rid of other beverages...just for a while. At first, you don't LOVE the water. You miss the soda or tea. Continue, and you find you can't get enough water. The more you drink, the more you want. You are actually craving the water! Other beverages are now occasional, but not what you now "have to" have. And when old cravings come around, we then have to weigh the efforts involved in acquiring that craving. Many times we just choose what we see in front of us.

When we put new options before our eyes and either make them beautiful or merely the only option available, we can easily turn our appetites from good to best. And then...when our appetite for the Best is well whet, we sprinkle back in the good stuff. It's about balance. It's about feasting our eyes on the Best so our soul begins to long for more.

Try it! This time of year, with all the festivities of the holidays is a perfect time! Turn off the TV, gaming console or computer and replace them with enticing options. Make some cookies, play some games, sing some Christmas song and just have fun. Let me know if you do...I'd love to hear what you and your family is hungry for now!

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I Will...

"I will enter into his gates with thanksgiving in my heart! I will enter His courts with praise! I will say "This is the Day the Lord has made." I will rejoice for he has made me glad!"

These words from a song I sang as a child have been streaming through my head since last night.  The song is based on Psalms 100:4

Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.

This is a statement of resolve.  It's a choice.  It's my Spirit telling my Flesh...Be Thankful, Praise Him, Be Thankful to Him, Bless His name. The song says...I WILL...I WILL...I WILL.

As the list sounds off for Thanksgiving preparations with shouts of "Me First...Me First!" we mustn't forget to enter into the Presence of the Lord with Thanksgiving and Praise.  You will bless His name and He will give you Joy!

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Won't you share your Thanksgivings and Praises to the Lord and we will encourage one another;)

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Joy-Filled Life

"The joy-filled life is not found by diminishing my God-given responsibilities as a woman, wife and mother, nor can I find joy merely by refusing to face the hard realities of life in a fallen world.  There is a tension that God is asking me to acknowledge and accept-the tension between ideals and realities. True joy is found by living somewhere between the ideal life and daily realities. That is where Jesus meets me, where his Holy Spirit empowers, and where I learn how to live the Christian life with supernatural joy." Sally Clarkson, Seasons of a Mother's Heart

How many times do we wish away our cirucumstances in hopes for peace, joy or "happiness"? I know I certainly find myself wishing for a vacation, bigger closets, a maid who LOVES to do laundry, a La Madeleine in close vicinity to my home...etc. But if I live there, in the discontentment, I will never have true JOY in my life.

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Choosing Joy is just that...a choice.  It's not always easy. I don't always feel like being joyful, but I can choose to choose.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 reminds me to "Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you." (emphasis added)

There you have it...CHOOSE to rejoice and in everything give thanks. Choose to delight in the day that the Lord has given me.  I choose to rejoice because I have clothes to wash, a coffee pot when I want coffee and a place to store the clothes we do have.  I choose to stop and laugh when I want to scold. I choose to see the extrodinary amongs the mundane.  WHY?  Because it is God's will for me in Christ Jesus!

God did not design his children to live in drudgery.  He did not design us to simply endure this life.  NO...he gave us his creation to enjoy, to find joy in and to live out His love so others can find Him as well! When I live in the place of discontentment  I do not attest to His greatness.  I exalt the mundane above His goodness.

Today...I choose Joy.  I choose to see it through the laundry and the puddles of life that spill into my living room. I choose it as I cook meals and as I open my doors to friends.

Won't you choose Joy today, too?  What areas do you need to remember to choose Joy in?

Katie

 

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Resolve

"This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it."   Psalms 118:24

I love that the Word of God is alive and fresh!  I love that every time I read it, it speaks to me. This is the day the  Lord has made...I've always loved this verse.  I've often quoted this verse as a reminder that everyday is a gift from God and my thanks to Him should be on my lips from the moment I rise to the moment I sleep.

Today, as I was reading Psalms, I read the same words but saw the need to emphasize WILL...we WILL rejoice and be glad in it. The Lord is good ALL the time but I don't always rejoice in His handy work.  Not because I don't appreciated it, notice it, or love it...but because I don't intentionally resolve to voice my rejoicing!  It is a choice....as with all areas of our lives.  To say I WILL rejoice...I WILL honor Christ...I WILL look to the King of Kings for my needs, desires and daily food.

The living Word of God...speaking to me again, about intentionality, resolve, choices...How sweet it is to know the King Of Kings, Lord of Lords loves me enough to write His words in paper form to love on me, correct me and raise me up in His power and grace.

I pray that today I WILL rejoice and be glad...no matter what the day holds for me.

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