Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Honestly, ask yourself, am I ALWAYS joyful? Even when things aren't going MY way? Are you always praying? Even when times are good? Are you THANKFUL in ALLLLLL circumstances?
I know, it's hard sometimes! To be joyful when you were up a TON during the nite feeding a baby, or from a sick kid... Or just couldn't sleep. So you wake up and then you have to take care of the kids, or if you don't have kids, you have to go to work. Then your kids are being really awful, or you have some really rude customers or your employees are just being mean. Or when you find out you have cancer or some other illness. You don't feel like being joyful do you? But here's some things to remember.. Be glad you have kids, and they are only young for a short time! Be joyful you have a job! How many people out there are looking for jobs right now? Or just got laid off? Be joyful you are alive right now!
Are you thankful in those circumstances? If not, why? I know some days it's REALLY hard to find joy and to be thankful, but TRY to be joyful and thankful, everyday! Even if you have to dig deep and find even a LITTLE tiny bit of joy and thankfulness!
I don't know about you, but my day goes oh so much better when I do my devo's and pray more during the day. I can feel the Holy Spirit fill me and help me get through the day, especially on those hard days when you just want to put your kids in their room for the rest of the day (and it's only 9:00am) and you yourself just want to lay down and go to sleep and start new tomorrow! Hang in there, you can get through it!
The faithful love of the Lord never ends!
His mercies never cease.
Great is his faithfulness;
his mercies begin afresh each morning.