Welcome, Friday folk! Pour yourself something yummy and settle in — I’ll join you with my own mug of deliciousness! 🙂
Mmmm … it’s been a good week. My heart is full with lessons and my Savior’s gentle touch yet my mind seems unable to write. Have you ever had one of those weeks?
Today, I’m learning to bring the Scripture below into reality in my heart. It’s funny to me that my normally sunny disposition and excitable spirit need to be instructed on rejoicing with those who rejoice.
[pullquote width=”300″ float=”left”]Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.[/pullquote]
Rejoice with them that rejoice, simple really. Yet it’s something I am needing to grow in. when my sister gets a new apartment I need to be able to cheer her on without looking at Craigslist for my own new adventure. When exciting steps are being taken by friends I need to be able to join their happiness and praise the One Who led them — without feeling left behind.
I think the latter end of verse sixteen is what makes all this possible. [pullquote width=”300″ float=”left”]Be not wise in your own conceits. [/pullquote] When I’m tempted to be a Debbie Downer during someone’s celebration it’s because I think I know how life is supposed to be.
I’m supposed to be adventuring into new rental territory (because I love new houses). My blog is the one that should be growing. I should be the one taking the next step in adulthood.
Ah, how ugly pride and conceit is.
When we fretfully struggle to rejoice with those rejoicing it’s because we’ve forgotten the beautiful truth, Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. We’ve grown wise in our own conceits thinking we know how life should be.
So, today, I’m rejoicing with people. I’m going to be singing praises to the God Who sent great things into the lives of my family and friends. I’m going to be cheering on women whose blogs are growing and throwing confetti for those with happy baby news. If you hear bazookas noisily from an upstairs, blue shuttered home, that’s just me — rejoicing in the good news of my sister’s new apartment and my sister -in-law’s incredible artistic ability.
My heart is happy because I’m remembering that the good things in life are sent directly from our wise Father. And His ways are worth getting happy over.
Reader, tell me about your happy news. What beautiful thing is happening in your life? What good gift are you being given? I have a little project I plan to do for Periscope today and would love to celebrate your good news.
With love, blessings and coffee,