Lisa's Homemaking Corner

Lisa's Homemaking Corner

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

My Journey for Joyfulness Part 2

And it came to pass as they came, when David was returned from the slaughter of the Philistine, that the women came out of all cities of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet king Saul, with tabrets, with joy, and with instruments of music.
1 Samuel 18:6

And all the people came up after him, and the people piped with pipes, and rejoiced with great joy, so that the earth rent with the sound of them.
1 Kings 1:40

Okay, now we know how the Lord feels about joyLESSness, and we are getting rid of the spirit of anger some of us may be hanging on to (it's an old habit that dies hard, but I am working on it, believe me, with the help of my Lord!).  When something leaves, it has to be replaced with SOMEthing.  Let's find out ways to fill in the spot all that anger was taking up, with JOY instead!

The above two verses were next in my study.  They are both talking about a celebration.  The first is when David defeated Goliath the Philistine, and the second is when Solomon was crowned king.  So, the things these two verses have in common, is that they both have to do with celebration, and they both talk about MUSIC.  I also see dancing and the use of tabrets (which look really fun, try googling sometime!  I may just make some of these for me and the kids.).

Do we need something huge to happen in order to celebrate?  No way!  Find little reasons to celebrate everyday.  If you need an idea, how about celebrating your salvation, the Gift our Father has given to each one of us who accepts it?  Turn on some worship or praise music and dance around the house THANKING God for all His blessings.  I have found, as someone trying to get into the habit of joyfulness, that unless you're doing something where it will be distracting to you (or the kiddos trying to concentrate on school), having worship and praise music on (even in the background) can help keep you in that thankful and joyful mindset.  That's because since you're singing to/about the Lord, your mind is always on Him.  That reminds me of a verse I read in Luke today:

For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
Luke 12:34

Our treasure is in heaven!  Our treasure is Jesus!  So let's turn our hearts AND minds over to Him.  How can we NOT have joy, knowing how much our Lord and Savior loves us?!

Let's turn on some music and dance and sing for joy!

Monday, October 6, 2008

A couple of good sermons

By S.M. Davis

Freedom from the Destruction of Anger
Freedom from the Spirit of Anger

What do these have to do with joy?  Once we free ourselves from the spirit and destruction of anger (for those of us that have a spirit of anger), it will be much easier for the spirit of joy to come into our lives.  I've had (and still have) a spirit of anger, and he is right...it is VERY deceptive.  I guarantee the enemy did NOT want me to hear these sermons, and he certainly doesn't want any of you to listen, either.  S.M. Davis is very good and there are quite a few of his sermons that I have enjoyed listening to.  Very convicting, and encouraging!  Enjoy!

Saturday, October 4, 2008

My Journey for Joyfulness Part 1

Right now, I am working on a little bible study for joy.    I did a search in the KJV on the word joy, and came up with 187 verses.  God really holds joy in high esteem!  I thought I'd go through each verse (here and there...not all in one post!), and ponder it, and possibly memorize it.  I really need God's joy in my heart, and how to get it there, except to read what He has to say about it?

The first verse I came across basically tells you what happens when you don't serve the Lord in joy.

Because thou servedst not the LORD they God with joyfulness, and with gladness of heart, for the abundance of all things;
Therefore shalt thou serve thine enemies which the LORD shall send against thee, in hunger, and in thirst, and in nakedness, and in want of all things: and he shall put a yoke of iron upon thy neck, until he have destroyed thee.  Deuteronomy 28:47-48

Wow.  I think this just may be more proof that the Lord really holds joy in high esteem.  He obviously does NOT like joyLESSness.  I don't know about anyone else, but I sure don't want to serve my enemies...not in those conditions anyway!  And that yoke of iron, a burden, upon your neck.  Isn't that how it seems to be when we don't feel like we have any joy?  Everything is a drudgery.  It has no meaning.  We begin to ask ourselves, why are we even doing this?  We begin to seek out things that will make us feel better.  We start to feel like we are on our own in trying to make ourselves happy, and in a way, we are because we have turned our back on the Lord.  Instead of allowing HIM to take care of us, we have strayed in trying to make *ourselves* happy.  We somehow think that we are just fine on our own, we don't need any help!  Or do we?  And then when nothing seems to make us happy, we start blaming other things on stealing or draining our joy.  Guess what?  We have no one to blame but ourselves!  People say, This relationship is draining my joy, or, This thing or that thing has stolen my joy, or, even, The enemy has taken all my joy away.  Those things may have contributed, but ultimately it is US.  When something has stolen YOUR joy, YOU *let* it happen!  I am slooooooowly learning that this whole "fake-it-till-you-make-it" thing really works.  I think a lot of times joylessness is a habit, and a bad one at that.  I had fallen into the trap.  Once crabiness is the norm instead of the exception, it's *easier* to stay that way, even if it makes you feel horrible.  You're not going to wake up one day and that feeling will be gone...it has become a routine.  You need to work, yes I said WORK to get rid of that habit of joylessness.  In fact, it's probably going to make you feel *worse* for awhile, biting your tongue and putting a smile on your face when all you want to do is give a crabby response.  It's kinda like your mama used to say, If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all!  I promise, if you stay consistent in "faking it" you will not be "faking it" for very long!  You will experience true joy!  And you will want so badly to make JOY the routine, that you will keep doing it. 

Get that yoke of iron off your neck.  Start living *intentionally* today, minute by minute if you have to, reminding yourself to keep that smile plastered on your face, even when it's not as comfortable as scowling.  Remember, your family will reflect back to you what they see on *your* face most of the time. Make an effort to look your spouse in the eye and smile when you are talking, smile at your kids when you're asking them to do something.  What's that they're doing?  I think they may be smiling right back at you! 

Stay tuned for more verses on joy in the weeks (maybe months?  *smile*) to come.  I pray the Lord will bless you through these words.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Our time in Mexico-ECC

Okay, so we weren’t actually in Mexico, but we definitely learned about it (and Central America)!  I just thought I’d share with you some of the adventures we had. 
Here’s the bible verse we memorized for the last week.  The top one was Vincent’s copy work, practicing his new handwriting skills.  The bottom one was the next day’s dictation of the verse.

Here’s our flag wall, where we will hang up all the flags of the countries we learn…Vincent is coloring them and writing facts on the back about the symbolism in the flags.  So far, we have the USA and Mexico.

Here are some of the art projects we did…we made suns out of air-drying modeling clay (we have yet to paint them) and tissue paper flowers.  These were so fun!


And here are some of my favorite notebook pages Vincent made for science…we had been learning about deserts.

Okay, I’m not really sure if a girl would have drawn a tarantula eating a bug!  *giggle*

The next one is my favorite…
And this one is so cute.  It says "Many desert people now travel by car but still keep camels."  That’s a camel in the back of a truck. 

We finished reading our first missionary biography of the year, too.  It was a very good read, and we are looking forward to the rest of them!

And what’s Isaac usually doing during school?

Oh, and in other news, I’ve officially started my fall baking.