We could use a good rain and soon. I am trying out the principle of "if you want rain, just water your yard or wash your car - it will come".
I went to the store, but on the way I stopped by a friend of the family's who has two baby goats she wants to give away. They are about knee high and cute. I'll have to think it over. If it has a heart beat it requires attention - think it over.
I am going to include in this post something I read on another blog site that really impressed me. I hope this is okay. It is a little longer than most of my posts, but check it out...
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It's quite ironic that Joy is the topic...because I could use a good dose of it! Hopefully by the time I finish writing this, I'll have blogged myself happy again...
So, the next 3 things that cause God to have joy came to me through a revelation of my own experience with my children:
1. when His children believe Him!
There's nothing more dumbfounding than when your child corrects you on something you know you were right about...or when she just doesn't believe you. I can't recall ever lying to my children...and I've made it a priority to always stick to my word. There's really no reason for them to not believe me! So, when they don't, I'm dumbfounded. I think, "What?!? You think I'm lying to you? Why would I? I have no reason to lie to you!" I think God must feel the same way...when we, as His children, do things our own way...or when we just don't believe what His Word says. It really must break His heart. He has no reason to lie to us! And He is faithful to keep His Word. So...when we believe Him, I think it causes Him great joy! Just like when my girls believe me, it causes me great joy!
2. when His children understand Him! (you know, have an "Ah Ha!" moment and really "get it"!)
I love it when my girls finally "get" something that I've been teaching them. Since they're so young, the moral lessons are still being learned. But as a homeschooler, I see it more often. Like when they understood how letters made words and how reading those words worked. Each of them, when they learned to read, had a moment that was golden...they got it...they'd received a key to unlock all other words in our language. And that excited them because now they could read on their own!!! Oh joy!!! So, not only did it bring them joy, it brought me joy, too!!
3. when His children apply their belief and understanding!
When I hear my girls repeating to their friends some of the things that we believe and why, it gives me joy! And, oh, to see them applying that to their friendships is amazing.
Jesus did this in Luke 10:20. He had sent out 72 witnesses two by two to every town and place where Jesus was about to go...to prepare the way for Him. Verse 17 says they returned with joy and said, "Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name." In other words, they said, "Lord, you were right! Everything you said was true! We believed you and it worked!"
Jesus replied, "I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. [I saw the victory in the heavenlies!]...At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit, said, "I praise you,Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this was your good pleasure."
Jesus, full of Joy...this word joy means that He jumped up and down with excitement! He was ecstatic...His children believed Him, they understood the message, and then applied it by living out their belief and telling others! They came back victorious...and this gave Jesus great joy!!
When I believe, joy comes! when I understand truth, joy comes! And when I apply that truth to my life, joy comes! Because that's where victory lies...in the believing! And who doesn't have joy when they're winning, right?!
I think I see it coming my way
That is it. Hope that blessed you like it did me. George