Remember that old Johnny Lee song “Looking For Love?” It’s from a just-as-old movie called “Urban Cowboy” from what I’ve been told. 🙂
I don’t think I’ve heard that song in years but for some reason as I was loading the van to hit the road to Spartanburg this morning, it was playing in my mind. Maybe you’ll recognize the lyrics:
I thought it was funny …
I was looking for love in all the wrong places
Looking for love in too many faces (grumpy, tired faces this morning)
Searching thier eyes looking for traces (any hint, really)
What I’m dreaming of
So here’s what I was dreaming of …
- good attitudes
- the breakfast genie to show up
- a little less pollen
- ____ fill in the blank
I was looking for joy in all the wrong places 🙂 Or the illusion of joy anyway. 🙂
And then I remembered–the devil likes to lie about stuff. He lies about joy.
He’ll tell you money will make you happy. But it won’t. And it’s not the money, it’s the pursuit of it. Because joy, true JOY, is not found in power, passion or possessions. Or even in my kids obeying with a smile on their face.
(But that would have been extra-great this morning.)
It’s found in a personal relationship with God.
Satisfaction is found in the Lord and in His Word.
Joy will never be found under the sun … but above it … where God is.
Today, busy mom, let’s keep our joy in plain sight. Let’s fix our eyes on Jesus, and run the race that’s set before us with the joy that comes from following Jesus.
Remember those trees that are “firmly planted?” They’re rooted in Christ!
Lean into Him while you do laundry for the millionth time. Talk to Him about your kids. Ask Him to show you how to love your husband.
He has something to say to you.
Looking for joy? He’ll show you where to find it. And where joy is, strength is.
“The joy of the Lord is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10b