I will finish my topic on Peace In The Home. It is important once again that I give the text verse found in Philippians 4:7. "And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." This final Marital Moment on Peace In The Home will focus on this thought: De-termine To Be Happy. Notice Philippians 4:4, "Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say rejoice". The word "rejoice" means to be cheerful or happy. God wants His children to have a joyful heart. He wants us to rejoice. This joy, or happiness, is independent of our surroundings or circumstances. It is an inward joy. A joy that comes from above, invades our hearts, and spills over into our lives. It infects others with its contagious spirit. A joy that not only fills our heart but also fills our homes. A joy that is normal rather than being abnormal. A joy that is not hypocritical but genuine. A joy that is a way of life for you and your family. I sincerely believe that there would be more Peace In The Home if there were more joy, laughter, and playfulness among the family members. You must not wait until everything is perfect to enjoy life. You will never experience per-fection in anything, especially the home. Start today practicing the wonderful art of being joyful and rejoicing in the Lord. Start rejoicing over the many things your family does each day. Stop focusing on the negative things and begin immediately to rejoice and be thankful for all the good things you have in life. Remember this important thought: a negative person rarely enjoys the moments that come to him in life. He almost always is complaining and gripping about things large and small. A scowling face, angry words, bad attitudes, and critical comments de-stroy both heart and home. Determine to be happy. Determine to rejoice in the Lord. Abraham Lincoln once said, "Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be". What an awesome statement. Life is what you make out of it. You can chose to be happy or to be grumpy. Happiness naturally lends itself to several other wonderful traits. Out of a happy life flows encouragement, praise, ac-ceptance, enthusiasm, kindness, appreciation, and friendship. These things should characterized your life rather than being know for your rudeness. You always reap what you sow. When you smile others smile back at you. A kind word usually reaps a kind word in response. A good deed almost always returns to you many times over. Cheerfulness brings happiness to others with whom you come in contact. Let others see and hear the joyful heart you have. Keep in mind that a joyful heart comes from being in a right relationship with Christ. Make certain that you have accepted Christ as your Savior and that you are going to heaven when your life is over. Take care of this important task today. You will never regret your decision to follow Christ. Remember: if you will have Peace In Your Home, then Determine To Be Happy.
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