Wednesday, April 30, 2014

S.W.A.G.: She Exudes Joy



It's no secret, a thankful person is a joyful person.

A wise woman will not dwell on what she has or has not; what her husband does or does not. She knows focusing on her lack of material things, her husbands slothfulness or busyness will only cultivate feelings of regret, bitterness and discontent.

She can not afford such feelings to take root. Doing so will be at the expense of her own joy.

Her thankless attitude will seep into all corners of her heart, spill out of her mouth and land on her husband and children. She literally turns into a sour faced, pitiful woman whom no one wants to be around.

Wouldn't it be easier to remain thankful? I believe so!

Throughout God's Word we read of thankfulness, praise and joy as going hand in hand, often seen in context with each other.

"Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
Worship the Lord with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs...
Enter His gates with thanksgiving
and His courts with praise;
give thanks to Him and praise His name."
~Psalm 100:1-2,4~

A grace filled woman is first of all thankful to God for the husband He has provided. She is then verbally thankful to her husband for things he does. She deliberately looks for ways to praise her husband, refusing to let any negative word come out of her mouth.

She does not base her joy solely on her husbands performance. Rather she chooses to see the good in all circumstances.

She takes on a gracious attitude like that of Paul's, who wrote,

"I have learned to be content
whatever the circumstances."
~Philippians 4:10~


Paul learned to be content. Because he was content, he was able to sing praises chained in prison. He knew through the God he served all things are possible; his hope undeterred.


"the joy of the Lord is my strength."
~Nehemiah 8:10~

Contentment is a learned behavior.

It is expressed through gratitude. 

It produces joy.

A wise woman extends grace when she chooses to

"[forget] what is behind and [strain]
toward what is ahead,
[pressing] on toward the goal to win
the prize for which God has called
[her] heavenward in Christ Jesus."
~Philippians 3:13~

She then exudes joy as she maintains an eternal focus rather than an earthly focus.

 A content joyful woman does not get wrapped up in the small things like her imperfect house, her simple wardrobe, or the generic labels on her groceries.

Rather, she continually looks for anything good. 

She consistently expresses gratitude.

She reaps joy which cannot be contained.

Today, make your attitude one of gratitude.


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9 comments :

  1. Visiting from Thought Provoking Thursday - great reminder that being grateful will turn our hearts around and bring us joy.

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  2. I've been recording my thanksgiving since 2009, inspired by Ann Voskamp. Being thankful and making it a habit has been life changing for me. I'm here from Jennifer Lee's link.

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    1. That is an awesome idea! I should do that too. Thanks for stopping by! Blessings!

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  3. Beautiful post! Yes, gratitude and contentment leads to joy. It's something that we easily forget these days when we are constantly "told" we should get the next best thing. Once we are satisfied with what we have and truly are content with it, we'll find joy everyday of our lives.

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  4. Like Elizabeth, I also started a gratitude journal after reading Ann Voskamp's book. It really does begin to become a beautiful daily habit, and is life changing. I loved your post, Kaylene. Thank you so much for sharing with TWW. I'm glad you are a part of our writing family. Blessings. XOXOX

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    1. Hi, again, Beth! You bless me every time you comment! Thank you for your readership! I'm definately going to invest in a gratitude journal. Or maybe add it to prayer journals. Thank you for all you do to make TWW happen! Blessings to you & yours!

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  5. Entering each day with a heart of thanksgiving is something I am striving for! Thank you for sharing at The Weekend Brew!

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    1. Thank you, Elizabeth! To Him the glory!

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