missed opportunities for joy

Missed Opportunities for Joy

missed opportunities for joy

Can you think of a time in your past where you have missed the opportunity to be joyful?   I know that we all have some time where we could have been more in the moment than we were and missed out on the amazing feeling of joy that God gives us.

During the reading of Genesis 29 for Good Morning Girls studies, I noticed that Leah missed out on so much joy and my heart felt pity for her.

Genesis 29:31-35 NIV

31 When the Lord saw that Leah was not loved, he enabled her to conceive, but Rachel remained childless. 32 Leah became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She named him Reuben,[a] for she said, “It is because the Lord has seen my misery. Surely my husband will love me now.”

33 She conceived again, and when she gave birth to a son she said, “Because the Lord heard that I am not loved, he gave me this one too.” So she named him Simeon.[b]

34 Again she conceived, and when she gave birth to a son she said, “Now at last my husband will become attached to me, because I have borne him three sons.” So he was named Levi.[c]

35 She conceived again, and when she gave birth to a son she said, “This time I will praise the Lord.” So she named him Judah.[d] Then she stopped having children.

Pity that her father had to trick Jacob to marry her.

Pity that she was not loved by Jacob and her sister was.

Pity that she was wanting sons in hopes that it would grow love, for her, within her husband.

Pity that she didn’t see the blessings of favor that God was bestowing upon her and all she saw was the unloving husband that she so desperately wanted love from.

Psalms 21:6 NIV

Surely you have granted him unending blessings
    and made him glad with the joy of your presence.

Leah was blind to what she was blessed with…

God had bless her with 4 sons before she realized that her joy came from Him, her blessings came from Him, and that she should be praising Him.

Finally, after the birth of her 4th son Judah, she said she would praise the Lord.  She finally realized that the joy that she so desperately wanted would come from the Lord, not her husband.

It amazes me that she was so consumed by the desire of wanting her husband to love her.  In society, today, if someone didn’t love us we would not waste any time on them.  Marriages are so easily tossed aside when something is broken, despite how big or small the problem is.

I have known women, though, who have tried to save their marriage by having children and the sad part is, it doesn’t change the issues that were already present in the marriage, but instead, puts a child in the middle of everything.

The parents have so many issues to deal with that they are missing all the joy that a child can bring.  They are so consumed with what’s going on with each other, they miss the amazing gift that God has given them.

We need to be present in the moment so that we can take in every bit of joy we can.  That doesn’t always happen, I know….

I can think of a few times as I sit here and type this, that I wish I could get back because I missed out on some joy that might have changed my outlook on certain situations.

So my question for you is…can you think of a time where you missed an opportunity to feel the joy that God has blessed you with?

Make sure you feel the joy and don’t get consumed by other things.

Enjoy the song below and have a very blessed day!

 

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To Fear means to Respect {with Link UP}

fear respect

This is officially the last day in October, the month of fear. But, does that mean that all of us need not fear anymore? If you are a Christian the answer to that question is no.

To live a Christian life means to live with a fear of our Lord.

I know that when most people think about fearing the Lord they think of feeling like: scared, worry, and anxiety. Most think fear = fear, and in the case of Hebrews 10:31 it does. But, why should you fear the Lord?

I equate fear of the Lord with respect and if you will indulge me for a minute you will see why.

Take a little detour with me if you don’t mind…

When I would talk to my grandparents about the time they grew up in and we would talk about their parents, 99% of the time they would talk about how much they respected them. There was no such thing as disrespect in that time.

Why were they so respectful of their parents???

Because they were afraid of the punishment of disobedience.

Hmm…does that sound familiar???

Hebrews 10:31 is talking about what happens when we don’t follow God’s commands and accept His salvation.

It is talking about what happens when we disrespect the Lord.

This is a warning to those who think they can live whatever life they want to and then make some excuses when they get to heaven and expect to make it through the pearly gates without having to answer for what they did on earth.

I don’t know about your family’s history, but my grandparents NEVER went unscathed with they disobeyed or disrespected their parents, and neither will we when we stand up for judgment. I know that society has change, but our heavenly father is the one thing that never changes. He is and always will be the one constant in our lives.

With that being said…what makes us think we can do whatever here on earth and the make up excuses when we get to heaven???

Is your fear justified because you are not living life correctly or have you found His salvation and are showing the respect that only He could command?

Let’s chat about this in the comments section below.  Then please visit my co hosts to see their thoughts on Hebrews 10:31.

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Linkup Grapic

Don’t Forget….It’s link up time.

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Love Letters from God

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I used to have a series of books when I was a child that was called Dear God. I loved those books and spent so much time reading them. It was nice to see conversations between God and the children in the book. I don’t think that I will ever forget that series.

love letters from god

Love Letters from God by Glenys Nellist {a new book from Zonderkidz, a division of Zondervan} reminded me a lot of those books. Between the covers of this wonderful book are 9 bible stories from the Old Testament and 9 stories from the New Testament of the bible accompanied by a love letter written to your little one by God. Each letter is meant to encourage and show your child just how much God loves them.

The book is written for an audience of 4 years to 8 years old and I think that is the perfect age for this book. It will hold the attention of a 4 year old, but isn’t to juvenile for an 8 year old.

The letters from God are the best part, in my humble opinion, since they are interactive and allow your child to open them just like they would a real letter, and they talk about just how much God loves them. There is also a bible verse that is included for each story that could be used as a memory verse for your child, if they are old enough to start memorizing verses.

Love Letters from God

Illustrations can either make or break a book and in this case, Sophie Allsopp, has done a fantastic job of bring the bible stories to life through pictures. Her illustrations are the “icing on the cake.”

For a price of just $16.99 at your local bookstore or Zondervan.com, I feel this would be a great addition to any families library and it just might become a family keepsake.

{Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Zondervan for the purpose of this review. The thoughts expressed here are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.}

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The Tapping Solution by Jessica Ortner

the tapping solution

Working toward a healthier life has lead me to looking into holistic approaches to weight loss, health, and matters of the mind. I have heard about tapping, but never quit knew what it was. This was all explained to me in The Tapping Solution for Weight Loss & Body Confidence by Jessica Ortner.

There are three sections of this book where Jessica explains the science & method of tapping, helps us to overcome emotional eating, and how to use tapping to increase our self-care which helps to increase our self confidence.

I am usually one to jump on the bandwagon when there is a holistic way of doing things, but I am not sure about the method of tapping. I understand that it uses acupressure and psychology to obtain the same outcome as diet and exercise (weight loss) by reducing stress and giving us more self worth, without dieting and exercise. But— the best and healthy way of losing weight is diet and exercise so eliminating those two things might not be the best for everyone.

I do believe that the method of tapping would work for some. However, I know that for myself, I will stick to a basic healthy diet and working out (I LOVE weight training), but I wouldn’t rule out using some tapping here and there. I think that it would be a great addition to my healthy lifestyle, but I don’t think this would take the place of everything else. Psychological health is important, but it’s not the only thing.

{Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Hay House for the purpose of this review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.}

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MO Beef: Beef and Your Family #MoPasturetoPlate Tour

MO Beef Pasture to Plate Tour2

I wrote to you about my experience with the Missouri Beef Council Pasture to Plate tour last week and gave you a behind the scenes look at the beef industry. I promised that I would write a little bit about how beef relates to family.

There are some really cool things about beef that I never realized. When we think about beef there are a couple of nutrition facts that come to mind. One is that beef is full of protein, which of course it is. The other fact is that beef is a great source of iron, which it is.

But did you know that beef is so much more???

If you look at the info-graphic below you will see that beef is a great source of many nutrients.  Beef is a wonderful source of B vitamins, Choline, Selenium, zinc and more. So, even though beef has a bad rep {fat, which I will address in a minute} it’s full of nutrients that are great for you AND your kids. You can feel confident that you are giving your kids all of the nutrients they need when you are serving them a lean cut of beef.

I know that, as a mother, I make sure that my kids are getting the most bang for their buck when it comes to what they are eating.  I love that beef is so nutritious for them.  Plus, so tasty.

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Now, speaking of the fat misconception when it comes to red meat. I do have to say that I fell into the trap of believing what the media was saying, but after seeing the stats and talking nutrition during the Pasture to Plate tour, I learned that a serving of chicken has 3 grams of fat while most there are 29 lean cuts of beef that have 8.2 total grams of fat or less. So, if you are making sure you buy lean cuts you have a wonderful, tasty meal with so many options besides boring, plain chicken. Switch it up…your family will thank you.

Here’s the part that I know each of us {parents} are concerned with…the cost. Trying to menu plan and make sure you stay on budget can be tricky and beef really doesn’t fall under the “budget friendly” meat options. When I think budget, steak isn’t in that realm.

Take a peak at the graphic below and you can find 6 ways to help you solve that problem. They are some wonderful ways to make sure you can include beef without blowing your budget. {Yippee…steak for dinner!!!}

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To help you along with your menu planning I want to share with you 30 recipes you can make in 30 minutes. Beef CAN be an option for those busy weeknights.

Say YES to beef!!!!!!!!

{Disclaimer: As an attendee of the MO Beef #MOPasturetoPlate tour, I received an all expense paid trip to learn more about the MO Beef industry.  I was not compensated for this post nor was I even required to write a post.}

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