“We Want … To Find Happiness in the Daily Grind.” 

The Pour Out:

Pour it ALL out to God. Take a moment to clear the clutter, by letting go of all those wandering thoughts (the grocery list or to do list items that won’t stop distracting you) … AND … your prayer needs and concerns.)

The Beans:

The Background:

You may have heard of the Proverbs 31 woman. She’s been called an “ideal woman.” We’re going to look at a portion of her description and see if it could possibly apply to our REAL lives today.

The Verse:

Proverbs 21:12-15

She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands. She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar. She gets up while it is still night; she provides food for her family and portions for her female servants.”

The Fill:

What’s the point for YOU?:

  • What word or phrase from the verse above popped out to you?

Read the verse a second time and ask yourself:

  • What could this word or phrase be speaking to in your life? (What situation, struggle, relationship, or decision)

The Steam:

What does all of this mean to me/how can I apply that to my life today?

Reading this verse, I thought, “Girl, Preach!!!” This woman gets it, waking before the sun, working tirelessly to provide for her family and others.

I hear her! I feel like all I do is work tirelessly too! But, doesn’t there have to be more to life than this?!?

It really feels like we’re all just stuck in this race of life, doing the same things day in and day out … exhausted in it all.

I wish I could tell you that this post is about ignoring the dishes, skipping out on that budget meeting, forgetting about cooking or laundry … but, it’s not.

Because, y’all, it’s life! No matter how rich you are or what you can outsource, there are still things in this life we just have to do every day. Sorry ladies!

But, there is a glimmer of hope in this verse for us. She went about her work with an eager heart and eager hands.

The word eager brings about feelings of passion, of desire. I really WANT to do the work that I eagerly tend to.

The jobs that we HATE, are the ones that we reluctantly do.

So, from this ideal woman we learn to do whatever it is that you have to do each day, with an eager heart, a grateful heart.

But how? How do I all of a sudden unload the dishwasher with an eager heart? (It is my most dreaded, most hated chore of all!)

It’s about mindset. It’s about the way we choose to view life. Which essentially means it’s about finding tricks to change the way we view things, finding ways to make them more enjoyable, so that we CAN go about them with an eager heart.

I mentioned my hatred for the dishwasher … let’s take that for example. A few years ago, I started praying over my family, the ones who eat the food and create the dirty dishes, as I unloaded it, if it was while the kiddos were asleep.

Then as JB got a little older, I started playing music, and having little dance parties as I did the chore.

Now, I do it more often! Not because I all of a sudden love it, but another little trick I learned was to do it more frequently instead of waiting until it was overflowing. This made the unloading a lot easier as everything actually got cleaned, AND, it took 1/4th of the time.

So much of life is about perspective. We aren’t going to enjoy all of the work we have to do, BUT, if we set about our day, our chores, our lives with eager hearts, with joyful, grateful hearts, life truly could get a whole lot sweeter.

Your Task for Today:

Reflect on the hardest part of your day, or the chore that you just can’t stand. Figure out some way, some little trick that you can do to help yourself find joy in that moment. Imagine if the worst part of your day, suddenly became one of the best parts … that certainly would feel like a miracle!

The Transition:

Transitioning from quiet time back into real life can be tricky. We want to take the lesson we’ve just learned, and the peaceful feeling we now have, with us throughout the rest of our day.

Blessings:

List “small” blessings from the past 24 hours.

List small things, because when you only list the big things – you only SEE the big things. Thinking back on a few small blessings each day, helps us develop a habit of actually looking for God in our day to day realities. And if you’re writing them down, then you’ll have hard proof that God truly is always with you.

*This could be anything. A few examples are: “you were blessed with a hug from your child, the weather was especially warm and delightful, or a smile from a stranger on the street.

Affirmations:

List positive affirmations about yourself/life:

Take whatever was laid on your heart and write it in the form of an affirmation:

If you simply felt peaceful today, write, “I WILL remain peaceful today.”

If you are still trying to understand a certain message, write, “I WILL keep searching and remember that God WILL reveal His answer to me.”

Or list, “I AM worth it.” “God DOES love me.” “I WILL make that change.”

**Now go about your day, peaceful and affirmed.**