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and so yes….again I have been quiet. {again}
 
Ashamed to tell you that I have been searching….
 
searching for joy!
 
I know it’s there, it’s been here all along. But you see; Life gets messy, and my joy gets displaced!

Why do we allow our joy to get misplaced?
 
Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory.
1 Peter 1:8
 
and you see, I get this “image” of how things should be. 
How my children should act/behave.
How my husband should lead
How the house should look
How the finances should run
How “together” I should appear
 
and well, when reality sets in I become anxious (internally) and it eats. away. at. my. joy!
 
I think perhaps I have un-officially adopted ~Joy~ as one of my words for 2012!
 
Because even in the midst, I know there is joy, and I cling to it.
 
 
 
They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.
He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.
Psalms 126:5-6
So go ahead, weep. Knowing that you are sowing seed in your joy. It is there.
In Him.
 
Linking up 2/9/12 @ Thought provoking Thursday!
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About multipurpose-mom

Stacey is a: Saved by Grace, God fearing, Bible believing, Child of the King! In her chaotic world of full time employment, being a wife, raising 5 boys, laundry, dishes, carpool, PTSA, and on and on: She is STILL trying to fulfill God's call in her life.....to share her story, her battles, her triumphs, and testimonies of being a teen mom from a drug addicted home, to being the not so perfect wife and mother she is today! Her prayer is to lift up and encourage others through the words that God lays before her! In her chaos she has learned, she is not just a wife and mother.....she is a taxi driver, a nurse, a referee, a counselor, a maid, a cook and so much more...she has MANY purposes! Welcome to Multipurposemom.com, Here we hope you find strength, humor, tears, and tangibility for your journey....whatever it is! Please feel free to comment (we LOVE comments) and if you are blessed, please won't you share the blessing with others! Thanks for Visiting! In Christ!

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  1. Dearest sweet lady strange you would mention these things, this is my devotion I read for today:
    February 7: Clinging To The Lord Your God

    “You are to cling to the Lord your God.” – These were Joshua’s parting words to wayward Israel, just before his death. (See Joshua 23:8)
    (Amplified bible says;Joshua 23:8
    But cling to the Lord your God as you have done to this day. – KJV says cleave)

    CLING :

    “To hold fast to something, as by grasping, sticking, embracing, or winding around”.
    As a wet raincoat would CLING to your back.
    As a person on the verge of death would CLING to life.
    “To remain attached in thought or practice”.

    “To follow close after, pursue hard; to resist separation”.

    Jesus put it this way: “If anyone wants to follow in my footsteps, he must give up all right to himself… and keep close behind me.” (Luke 9:23a – Phillips)

    CLINGING conveys the sense of desperation: That there is no other viable option.

    QUESTION: ARE YOU CLINGING TO CHRIST? Or to:

    Your bank account?

    Your reputation?

    Your capabilities?

    SELF SUFFICIENCY is the arrogant assumption that I can go it alone… without God.

    CLINGING is the humble acknowledgment that I must be intimately connected to God for life to make sense and to be worth living.

    In Joshua’s admonition to CLING to God he gives this warning:

    “If you ever go back and CLING to the rest of these nations (i.e. the world and its values)… (they) shall be to you as:

    A snare and a trap… A whip on your sides… Thorns in your eyes… until you perish from off this good land which the Lord your God has given you.” (Joshua 23:12)
    (Amplified Bible says; Joshua 23:12
    For if you turn back and adhere to the remnant of these nations left among you and make marriages with them, you marrying their women and they yours, –

    QUESTION: Are you CLINGING to Christ? Or do you have it so together that you can go it alone? If so, are you willing to pay the price of independence?

    —Facts of the Matter

    You are not alone. we all have these times we struggle with. The Key is not to allow yourself to stay in this place to long. One of my favorite verses for this and it is a command of our Lord Jesus.

    Matthew 11:28-30 (KJV)
    28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

    Look at the way the Message puts it…I like the commentary of the Message, but not as a Bible.

    Matthew 11:28-30
    28 “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. 29 Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. 30 Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”

    Will be praying for you today. Lord bless you sweetie. Have a wonderfully blessed day. Enjoy what you have been blessed with not with the what if’s.

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