Ideals vs. Reality

I mentioned in my last post that I am reading through (again) Sally Clarkson’s Season’s of a Mother’s Heart. It’s written specifically to encourage home schooling mommas-however it has such great truths for all of us that I am bubbling over with sharing these thoughts with you this morning.

We’re talking about Joy. Finding it in our everyday. You know how we kick and scream (usually-but not always-on the inside) when we don’t get our way? you know, when our ideals don’t line up with reality? Well, here are some thoughts on that and how it’s connected with joy.

Let’s start here: God’s will. Ever wonder what it is for your life (do I really need to ask?!). Listen to this:

1 Thess. 5: 16-18:  Rejoice always, pray continually,  give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Did you see that? God’s will for us is to rejoice, pray, give thanks-that’s it! Let’s roll up our sleeves and get to work!

I (and Sally and the apostle Paul) really believe that being joyful is connected with being content-which is all wrapped up in being thankful.

From Sally: “Happiness (joy) is not found in getting what I want, but rather in giving up my expectations of getting what I want” Being thankful that God’s will is at work in my life-even if it doesn’t line up with what I’ve been praying for : )

From Paul: Philipians 4:11:  I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.

“Contentedness is learned by accepting life each day as God gives it to you and adjusting your expectations to life’s limitations.” Sally again.

Here’s what we know from 1 Cor. 10:13 & Phil 4:19: God isn’t going to give us more than we can handle and He will supply all we need.

So, what are we waiting for?! Let’s be thankful-which will draw us to contentedness which leads to joy! And who doesn’t want (us) to be filled with joy? That’s when we’ll be right in the middle of God’s will.

Hanging on with you here,



One thought on “Ideals vs. Reality

  1. Anonymous says:

    God’s will is for us to draw near to him, to ask for his direction and leading, and for us to hear His voice as He guides us into the path that He was for us to go. We need to be in continual contact with Him. (After all, His Holy Spirit is living within us as believers). — He is always that close to us! Seek His counsel in all situations ~ sounds easy, takes a lot of practice, but that is what He wants, for us to rely completely on Him in all circumstances and situation.

    Why did we keep searching for “the plan” for our lives? : )


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