“If you choose not to find the joy in the snow, you will have less JOY in you’re life - but the same amount of snow!”
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We finally got a little snow around the farm - enough to have a snow day with the kids. We used that time yesterday to knock out a few house keeping things I’d been putting off but mostly to just hang out & be “mom”.
I used to cringe at a “snow day” from school - because I was still leaving. I was still working outside the farm. I was still gone even though the kids were home with Jason. And I’ll admit. I would get pretty jealous because I always wanted a “snow day” but more importantly I wanted to just be “home” with the kids too.
They’re only young once - and while I know being a “stay home mom” really isn’t my thing. I love being a FARM mom. Where when they’re sick. I can stay home. When they have days out of school. I can be home. When summer comes. Even if I’m in a tractor all day - they come to the field and ride along.
Find Joy in whatever aspect of life you’re in. Because if you don’t. At the end of the day. It’s still going to come again tomorrow.
As winter might of finally shown up this week, I encourage you to find joy in the snow. Have the heart and innocence of a young child - go throw the snowball at your spouse ... take the kids sledding. The chore list will wait.... they’re only young once ❄️ focus on the things that truly make you happy....
Philippians 4:4 “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, REJOICE!”
And in true fashion - I know that it is much easier to say or read these than to actually put them into action. To fully understand joy in the midst of trails is a topic far too extensive to be addressed in a little column like this but I do want to offer a couple of thoughts.
Christian joy is a fruit of the Holy Spirit. Thus, it is not something we need to produce on our own accord. However, we are given the command to rejoice. I think we are called to focus on the joy the Holy Spirit is producing within us rather than the negative things going on around us. And there seems to be a lot of angry turmoil things going on around us .. the world is filled with not happy spirits..
Ultimately our joy is rooting in the salvation that we have through belief in Jesus Christ. When we focus on the sacrifice that Jesus made for us on the cross, the circumstances around us should fade in importance. This does not mean as Christians that we will not have sorrow in our lives but there can be rejoicing in the midst of it.
In 2 Corinthians 6:10, the Apostle Paul in listing attributes of servants of God writes “as sorrowful yet always rejoicing.”
As winter comes and goes; the snow along with it, I would encourage you to find joy in the snow. Likewise, as you live your life, focus on those things that can give you joy. If you find yourself living a life devoid of joy, I would encourage you to find a Bible and read it in your search for joy.
Have a wonderfully blessed day!
Let your Light Shine!” - Matthew 5:16
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