Choose Joy

Choose JoyThis past Sunday afternoon I was delighted to have a few free hours to go on a motorcycle ride. I felt like a kid going to Disney as I shrugged into my jacket and strapped on my helmet. And the first couple of miles zooming down the Natchez Trace Parkway were glorious. I rode past deer and wild turkey and watched a red-tailed hawk slice through the blue horizon in front of me. I could feel my soul beginning to settle within me.

There was just one small problem. My jeans were too tight. So there I was, trying to relax on a much-needed joyride through the hills of Tennessee, yet distracted by the distinct pinch of waistband biting into muffin-top. Now I could’ve berated myself with my usual pudgy lecture, “Doggone It, Lisa – you’ve done it again! Why’d you have to eat chips and guacamole last night? Do you know how hard it’s going to be to lose these ten pounds again?” Or I could’ve just ridden on in misery, grimly assuming that pinch was the penance I deserved for being a Tex-Mex fan. Instead I chose a third option. I pulled over into a rest area, put my bike in neutral, unbuttoned my jeans and resumed riding with a liberated grin!

Because we have an enemy who is determined to steal, kill and destroy our hope and peace, you can bet your bottom dollar that unpleasant distractions will creep into your calendar this week. Flat tires, lost homework assignments, tight jeans, burned casseroles, or the flu might just threaten to ruin the afterglow of Labor Day. But we don’t have to let them. We can DETERMINE. TO. CHOOSE. JOY. We can call a friend for a ride and catch up on what’s happening in their life as a bonus. We can hug homework-challenged children. We can turn off the oven and order a pizza. And we can unbutton our jeans.

Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious – the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Philippians 4:8, The Message

Here’s to a great week because we’re God’s girls and therefore distractions won’t derail us!

Biased on Your Behalf,

Lisa

Comments

  1. Lisa, your message was definitely a blessing to all of us there at Sacramento.

    I have been so blessed going to Women of Faith Conventions. I was also at St. Paul and Milwaukee before that.

    I am so glad that God did not stop with Adam when he first created.

    Godly women are such a blessing–I do not know if Godly women realize what a great blessing every one of you are to us men.

    Jesus comes at each of us so clearly through you.

    Maybe that is why God says in his word in 1 Timothy 2:1

    New King James Version (NKJV)
    Pray for All Men
    2 Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men,

    You notice it says pray for all men. Women must all be perfect already and do not need prayer.

    Of course I know men there means women also.

    But I thought a little chuckle might brighten someone’s day.

    I have been encouraging both women and men to come to future women of faith conventions and get blessed also.

    Perhaps women more than men listen to me–maybe women think when I tell them about women of faith that if a man can get blessed there–perhaps I should go also.

  2. I really enjoyed you sharing one of those moments in life that many may take for granted. I happen to be an Al-Anon member and recently learned I had often just went through the motions not as aware of my purpose. I have that awareness now and have many loving people to steer me around and away from the snares in life. I enjoy my blessings as they come. Thank you for sharing your love I admire your efforts. God bless.

  3. I was at the Sac. WOF this weekend. You were one of my favorite speakers. Thank you for your crazy update interpretation of the Song of Solomon. I loved it. Looking forward to you coming to Redding CA next year.

  4. Some people will think I am totally crazy or really lost all my marbles.

    I am a man and I joined Women of Faith at the Convention in Milwaukee on October 6th.

    Well I find so much Richness of the Holy Spirit that is in Women of Faith

    and women basically that I would be totally missing so much

    if I just stay within the male universe of living.

    I feel so much more whole as a person doing this.

    Lisa, your message here is such a blessing.

    Men experience the same pressures you describe

    and your reaching for joy is so good for us too.

    Thank you so much!!!!!!

    God bless you in all your endeavors in every possible way He can bless you.

    Ephesians 3:20-21

    20 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly

    above all that we ask or think,

    according to the power that works in us,

    21 to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus

    to all generations, forever and ever. Amen

    New King James Version (NKJV)
    The Holy Bible, New King James Version Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.

    • Lest any of you think men don’t make some stupid mistakes.

      I just pulled my own blooper about 30 minutes ago where I needed the attitude of joy to go forward.

      I had some leftover pizza in the refrigerator–the pizza crust after a short time hardens.

      I put a piece of pizza on a plate and put some water on the pizza and put in the microwave
      for about 90 seconds. The pizza now is soft. I put some pasta sauce over the whole thing. Actually quite tasty combination.

      I’m eating in front of my computer–I take a fork full of pizza etc. –it drops off my fork and I splatter pasta sauce on my shirt and even some on my keyboard. (I put more water than usual on the pizza.)

      Cleaned it up as best as I could and my keyboard still works. Shirt needs further help.

      Back to joyfull attitude.

  5. Thank you Lisa for reminding us to put a rein on those thoughts that pull us downward. I love your books (am reading “untamed”) and love you as a speaker. Will miss you in St. Paul this year!

  6. Thanks for that message. I just cut the burn off the top of a meat loaf this week, and was in such a rush just went on about my buisiness. As I later scrubbed out the blackened pan I began to mutter as I looked out the kitchen window. Then I stopped my complaining when I saw my two girls outside; one kicking the soccer ball and the other chasing butterflies. After an acquaintence had lost her daughter to a long battle with cancer only a week ago, I was suddenly struck with the importance of this moment, and how much I had to be thankful for…even burned meatloaf, whose job it was to help me see this.

  7. I just want to say I so love your inspiration Lisa. I really missed you at the Women of Faith this year in Indy. Hoping that we will get to see you next year, If not then maybe you’ll be speaking close to us hoosiers sometime!