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This morning at breakfast my daughter said, "Why do you have your face like that so much?"  I knew what her answer would be, but I said, "Like what?"  She then made a very ugly frown.  Conviction!

I realized as I reflected on it throughout the day that I "choose not to have joy" at times so that people (like my children) will really understand how unhappy I am and change or so that others (like my husband) will know how hard what I am doing really is!  If I smile, he might think it’s easy!  But I think that if I really will choose to be joyful (smile instead of frown, for example), that either that will make them change or at least I will.  I tried it.  It helps!

I know that the joy of the Lord is my strength, and I really need strength!   And the verse in Psalm 113 has really been coming back into my mind also:  "He settles the barren woman in her home as a happy mother of children.  Praise the LORD."  Yes, I will praise the Lord and choose to be joyful!

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  2. kristenph says:

    Ouch! I know I need to work on this too!

  3. Keep choosing joy!! Remember Debi Pearl encouraging us to smile more in "Created to be His Help Meet"? That made a huge difference in one of my friend's marriage!

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