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!