As May slowly sneaks up on me I start to feel the pressure of school start to quickly invade my thoughts, and sadly my attitude. For the last couple semesters I always think.." I will not allow the stress of finishing school make me grumpy to those around me". Well, I'm afraid its already happened. So I need to stop it now and pray, pray, pray, that God will give me Joy to finish this month with a smile. I need to remember that it could be worse and no matter how stressful it gets, there are so many things that give me complete and full Joy.
So this post is to remind of things that bring me Joy so when I start to become self-absorbed into my "world" I can step back and be thankful for all that God has given me.
Sunday Night Bible Study--this has given me a time to fellowship and study God's Word with friends.
My family as always..even the hairy ones. ;)
For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother's womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
Psalm 139: 13-14
Of course we will all have bad and stressful days, that is always a given. I just want to make sure that once in awhile I step back and remember to Praise God through all times. He has placed me in school for a reason and even though I don't always like it, and I complain way to much...I have a purpose serving His kingdom no matter where I'm at. This can be so hard for me and I'm the first to admit that I fail many times at choosing a good attitude. It's something I struggle with but truly want to defeat because I hate the feeling I get when I know the people I care about and love would rather be with someone else. I want to be encouraging and uplifting. I want God to shine through my relationships and allow me to show His kind of Joy. I know I'm a sinner and will always fail in some areas but I also know that My God is the King of Kings and will lead me every step of this journey. He is my greatest Joy and no matter what the day ahead looks like, one thought of Him or one scripture and I can feel His love over me.
I pray that this upcoming week I can honor Him with my thoughts, actions and speech.
The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped.
My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song.