So the other day I was just grumpy. And why in the world would I want to stay that way?! You've got me. But it's like my grumpiness just wanted to be there, almost like a leech sucking the life out of me, clinging with all it's might to not let go. Yuck! And I can see the same thing in my kiddos. Grumpy clinging to grumpiness. Then I was reminded of this verse.
Shout triumphantly to the Lord, all the earth.
But when you're grumpy shouting to the Lord triumphantly is one of the last things you want to do. But just like smiling it's an instant game changer. I tried it out on my kids when they were stuck in a complaining mood which was intensifying my grumpiness. I went first and we played the lets shout about how awesome God is game. It was kind of hard to think of what to say, but the results were incredible! After every shout came not just a smile and change of attitude but a giggle!
Isn't God just so generous that He made praising Him be fruitful in our own attitude. It reminds me of giving. Not only is the gift-getter blessed, but also the giver. The same is true with shouting joyfully to the Lord, not only is the Lord blessed but so is the shouter. Cool huh!
We exist to glorify God, to display His heart and character. And I just love how we are all uniquely built to do that. So every Friday I want to give you, uniquely designed by God, an opportunity to link up your thoughts on God, art, baking, photography, parenting, marriage, homeschooling, writing or blogging and more if they tie into or display the Lord somehow.
Here's how it works.
1. Link up as many blog posts as you want below by clicking the link below and following the prompts. (Perhaps think of old posts you want more exposure to as well as new ones.)
2. Let your readers know by including a link at the bottom of your post (or somewhere on your side bar) or paste my button code (found below and on the side bar).
3. Take a minute to visit and comment on another sweet lady or two's post. You're encouragement might be just what she needs to keep pressing on in being a voice in the darkness.
Laura, the founder of Missional Women is married and has six kids, two of whom are adopted. Laura and her husband have been missionaries to college students for 14 years serving with Master Plan Ministries where she is the Women's Development Coordinator. Laura has authored 5 books, including an award winning 12 week Bible Study on First Samuel, Beholding Him, Becoming Missional, Reach; How to Use Your Social Media Influence for the Glory of God, A Devotional Journey through Judges, and Discover God's Calling for Your Life. Most recently her resource for Bible studies, The Connect Cards was released by Cru Press. You can find her on facebook, twitter, pinterest, youtube, instagram, periscope, blab and her author site.
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I'm Laura the founder of Missional Women and this is my sweet friend, Lyli. We host a link up for bloggers every Friday and look forward to having you join us. But before you go, look around, we are here to glorify God and be a blessing to you.
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