Rejoice in the Lord always
And again I say, “Rejoice!”
Let your gentleness be evident to all
The Lord is near!
The first two lines of this verse are so well known in Christian circles – thanks to that song. But I am sure I have never read the next two lines. How pertinent that this is the memory verse we are working on these last few weeks.Sometimes it takes a few weeks to get God’s Word from our head into our heart. We have been saying it and talking about it on and off for 2 weeks now and suddenly it means something to me!!
The busyness of the moment, the heat and humidity of every day starts to build up some stress. What does stress look like in your home?
In mine it looks like:
- Running from one activity to the next
- Preparing for things 30minutes before hand (be that a meal, an activity, a lesson)
- My mind is always preoccupied, meaning I don’t have “time for the spontaneous
- Short on patience (that sounded better than short-tempered!!)
- When it comes to training my children it is more about fixin’it than training it!
Let my gentleness be evident to all…
I guess that became a diagnostic statement yesterday – my gentleness isn’t evident to all so what is amiss?
Rejoicing – rejoicing always
But, but, but…. I’m so busy, I’ve got this huge to-do list, I’m running late, I’ve got to do this…
Rejoice always …. The Lord is near.
Isn’t that the cruncher! Yes, Jesus my Lord is near – He is near to help me, strengthen me, guide me, give me wisdom. He is near watching me, trying to get my ear, and so sad when I don’t listen or turn to Him.
I do have to chuckle though – Jesus knows me so well! The other day I set forth a motto for Christmas:
Keep your spirit gentle,
Keep your house peaceful and
Keep your heart full of love.
And here God is giving me a lesson that is right in keeping with those thoughts – putting the flesh on the bones so to speak.
If my spirit is to be gentle, I must rejoice in the Lord, remembering He is near.