Daily Delight

Saturday, December 3, 2016

I write today with a thankful heart. I will be real, a lot of days, though grateful, I am burdened. Burdened with the stress of life; the kids, the house, my overwhelming to-do list, trying to be a loving and respectful wife as well as a graceful and patient mom, a good-Godly friend; but life gets the best of me.

We can let life get the best of all of us. We want what's new and nicer (new house, new car, new phone, nicer decor, nicer clothes, etc), and we post on instagram (or facebook) what we want others to see about the life we live. We snap and post pictures of all the goodness, but we swallow all the bad and keep it hidden away. And while we look at all the "perfectness" around us that social media portrays, we sink into the feeling of failure even deeper as we compare our lifestyles. But the reality of this is we are comparing someone else's good, to what we have already convinced ourselves is not good enough about ourselves. She's a better mom than me. She's a better wife than me. She's a better friend than me. She has it all together. Her house is cleaner. etc.

We wake up each morning wanting Jesus to shine through us, but Satan is quick to steal our joy and attention allowing us to feel like failures so we give up half way through the day (or maybe even morning). We neglect to spend time with Jesus, but we make time to see what everyone is posting. We fall into the trap of feeling inadequate, loosing sight of what is important; the little moments before our very eyes.

The more time we spend with Jesus, the more we focus on His goodness and what He has already provided and less time comparing ourselves to others or what we do not have.
Don't give Satan the satisfaction of a failed moment. We all have them, we just don't post them. Let Jesus fill your heart and mind to focus on what truly matters.

Have a thankful heart this holiday season. The days are long and the years are short. Live a life full of Jesus. Turn away from the things that will make you feel any less than what you are- a blessed child of God that already has everything you could ever need or want.

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About the Author

Ashley Thrift≫ ≫Ashley is a happy homemaker; a proud wife of her handsome and hard-working high-school sweetheart, and a very blessed mom of three amazing, crazy and energetic kiddos. In the good ole' southern upstate of SC, where Ashley is from, you will find her devoting herself to Jesus first, being a wife and mama second, and striving to be an overall woman of proverbs 31. When she is not running frantically off of coffee (chasing toddlers or carpooling; rushing to the the dance studio or ball fields), she is settled intimately in her Bible listening for the whispers of God. She also enjoys small group Bible studies with her mama friends, writing to serve God through her church writing team (NewSpring.cc) and her blog <www.p31shelaughs.com>, and still dating her husband even after seventeen years. She wears strength and dignity with laughter in her heart as she trusts God's faithfulness which has already assured her works all things to his glory (Proverbs 31:25). She knows that her story is being written by the one Almighty, and by His glory she tries to embrace what He is teaching her through each chapter- living on grace.


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