Remember when I said I was doing a stay-at-home mom's bible study? You can read about it here if you want. Well, here is another lesson I taught. I thought this was a good way to start the year!
"Today is the day that they Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it." - Psalm 118:24
I know some days we wake up in great moods ready for anything and other days it's a struggle to be in a good mood. Why is that? What is different? How can you ensure you wake up each morning with a positive attitude?
"The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart." -1 Samuel 16:7
The best way to dress up is to put on a smile. A smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks. For fun, do you feel better when you get ready/put on make-up/brush your hair for the day or are you fine to hang out in lounge clothes all day?
**I realize that doesn't sound very nice, but it works for this lesson :)
"He who guards his lips, guards his soul." -Proverbs 13:3
"Gossip betrays confidence; avoid men who talk too much." -Proverbs 20:19
"Listen to advice, accept instruction and in the end you will be wise." -Proverbs 19:20
Would you say you talk more or listen more? What's the benefit of listening more? Say nice things and learn to listen. God gave us 2 ears and 1 mouth so He must have meant for us to do twice as much listening as talking.
"Let us not be weary in doing good; for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good." -Galatians 6:9-10
Stand for something or you'll fall for anything. What is one core value of yours that you will not compromise, that you think of often, that is different from the patterns of this world?
"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." -Philippians 4:13
Look up to the Lord in all things
"And why worry about the speck in your friend's eye when you have a log in your own." -Matthew 7:3
Reach up for something higher. Always try to be better today than you were yesterday. What's something you did yesterday (or last week) that looking back, you could have handled better?
"Do not worry about anything. Instead pray about everything." -Philippians 4:6
What's something you need to lift up to God in prayer and stop worrying about?
To sum it all up "Yes, joyful are those who live like this! Joyful indeed are those whose God is the Lord."
And just to make you smile...