10 Ways to Obey God that Will Bring you More Joy
1. Pray: Praying out loud or on paper is a game changer. I could never personally keep up with a traditional prayer “journal”, so now I just journal my own way with bright pretty sharpies and blank white paper. I do it on my own time and I can still go back and read old prayer request etc, but it is way more fun and lively for me. I think about the person or situation I’m praying about and write out bullet points or character traits! It’s come to be a part of my routine that I love and cherish. If you want to learn more I actually created a mini course for everyone who was asking me about what I was doing!! Here it is!! (Can you add the link to my sales page please?
2. Guard your heart and mind: What goes in is really important. When we are constantly listening to bad advice, watching movies with foul language and listening to music with a focus of “us” or “love, our hearts and minds start to veer away from the truths of scripture. One of the most important ways you can guard your mind and heart is by filtering what you let it!! Look on and listen to things that are right and true and lovely!! Challenge yourself to only let the “good” in for 60 days and see how quickly the Lord transforms your mind. Cheesy Christian movies, worship music and actually thinking on and memorizing scripture, not only guards your mind and heart from the lies of the enemy, but it can completely renew the mind from years of ugliness.
3. Stop being anxious (worrying): A wise woman once said, “You can’t trust God and worry at the same time.” It’s a simple, but profound truth!! When we worry or are anxious about things, this sin of our lack of faith and trust in God is showing. We want so badly to control every area of our life and family, but really flexibility, grace, love and gentleness will guide us through our circumstances with the peace of God. Go to the Lord in prayer. Remember He loves more than we can imagine and look for His purposes for growth, change and serving that may not be visible at first glance.
4. Start speaking truth (no lying or deceit): Complete honest with yourself and other is so freeing because our Savior already knows the whole truth. When we try to hide behind down playing our sin or exaggerating our good we are being deceitful and it’s the same as lying. It ruins personal relationships by breaching trust, but it also leaves a rift between you and God because it’s sin. Be careful to be truthful in love to those around you too. Flattery and criticism are both really easy to get caught up in when speaking to others. Remember the whole truth and remember to speak truth in love.
5. Forgive like Jesus (Ephesians 4:32, Matthew 6:14-15, Mark 11:25-26, John 6:37) We must remember that while were still sinners Christ died for us. He didn’t wait until we were begging for forgiveness. He doesn’t hold our sin against us or bring it up again. We are called to forgive with the same wholeness and purity as Christ. Sometimes it will feel like we are having to forgive so many times in a day that it’s not even possible, but with Christ it is. Remembering all you have been forgiven when you have been wronged will always help you to get back to the place of humility you need to be to forgive.
6. Esteem others better than yourself Philippians 2:3 I don’t know why we are so caught up in our “self” esteem, BUT we are supposed to look at others as better than ourselves. This means that we are looking to their needs and serving in a way that makes us think of ourselves less!! Remember, we live in a culture that propagates “me” time and making time for yourself, but the bible calls us bondservants and we are to actually think of ourselves less to actually be able to think others are more important than ourselves. We naturally take care of ourselves…maybe not with the extravagance the world advocates, but we do.
7. Stop yelling. Speak gently. STOP being harsh! Proverbs 15:1 Our tongues are so very vital in the steering of our marriage and family. We can set a forrest a blaze or steer an entire ship in the middle of the ocean!! Diffusing an argument, settling a child, winning a husband and being a peacemaker in our family all end with the tongue. Learning to not only have self control, but speech seasoned with salt is necessary! It’s not an option, it’s what you must do to allow peace and joy in your home. If you are not the yeller and someone else in the house is, suggest you all memorize Proverbs 15:1 as a family. When you believe it is true, it will change your life!
8. Run with endurance! It’s not a sprint. Slow down, make a plan (Hebrews 12:1): We are all so busy with all our commitments. Some are good, some are unnecessary, but they are all there begging for our attentions. Some of us spend days sprinting through each day without “stretching” or “water” and then wonder why we are burned out and exhausted. We are burned out and exhausted because we are trying to run 26 miles at a one mile pace and it’s impossible to do!! What are your goals as a family? How much time do you want to spend together? Where are you lacking in God’s calling as a mother? What should you give up, but don’t want to? How can you serve and where should you? Sit down with your spouse and write out your mission statement as a family and weigh your commitments against what you really want!! If you want to sit down to dinner together every night, but you can’t do that if your 5 and 7 year old play soccer than maybe they shouldn’t play soccer. Maybe you want the community and friendships activities afford and you don’t mind eating pizza at the fields 3 days a week. That’s fine too!! Just sit down and make a decide what God has for your family so you can make wise choices in your commitments. By the way life isn’t always going to go the way you planned. Be flexible and allow for God to move you and your family in different directions when He wants to move you!
9. Be generous (Proverbs 11:25, 2 Corinthians 9:6-15) Being generous with your time, your money and your family is a good thing! Share your babies with old women who miss babies. Share your money with those who have less than you. Share your time with the lonely and brokenhearted. Relationships are what are most important. Your children will see how you really feel about people by how generous you are with the time, money and resources God give you.
Help other people. (James 1:27, Hebrews 13:16, John 3:17, Philippians 2:4) No matter what the world says you are not to live your life by the “taking care of me and mine” mentality. We are called to take care of widows and orphans. We are called to give to someone who needs what we have. We are even called to look out for other’s interests and not JUST our own! Take a meal to someone who is sick, widowed or just had a baby. Give away items you don’t need to organizations that help people. Send missionaries, feed the hungry, give sound counsel. You are made to serve and help others and for some of us that does not come naturally, BUT that doesn’t mean we don’t do it! It means we REALLY have to look for opportunities!!
10. Help other people. (James 1:27, Hebrews 13:16, John 3:17, Philippians 2:4) No matter what the world says you are not to live your life by the “taking care of me and mine” mentality. We are called to take care of widows and orphans. We are called to give to someone who needs what we have. We are even called to look out for other’s interests and not JUST our own! Take a meal to someone who is sick, widowed or just had a baby. Give away items you don’t need to organizations that help people. Send missionaries, feed the hungry, give sound counsel. You are made to serve and help others and for some of us that does not come naturally, BUT that doesn’t mean we don’t do it! It means we REALLY have to look for opportunities!!
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