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!

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