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Marla Smart: The thieves of joy | Moms

Life’s been a bit crazy this past week. There have been new things happening every day, which could put a damper on the holiday spirit in the Smart family.

First, we are dealing with a couple of car problems. It seems like this issue is on repeat in our home.

Then, there is the dying washing machine, which only decides not to work when the repairman is conveniently gone. I wonder if Fred the repairman would just move in?

I had to pull a load out of very cold water that wouldn’t drain and it froze in the basket waiting to be rewashed.

My ballerina daughter decided to do a little jig in the shower and accidentally kicked the faucet. The pipe is now broken and we all need a shower.

We got a call this afternoon. My son had a minor accident in town in his sister’s car. Just a few dings, but I know the next few days will be filled with phone calls to insurance companies, etc., and I’m really not looking forward to that.

Last night we opened the church as a warming center and my husband was there almost all night hosting the group who came in. He is functioning on very little sleep at the moment. All these things have piled high in his heart and mind, and turned him into a bit of an Eeyore.

I don’t say that to make fun of him. It’s easy to let situations take over and start coloring your world.

In that frame of mind, it becomes difficult to see the positive. His frustration is bubbling up in him and venting itself through exasperated sighs and mumbles of, “It figures!”

Trying to quell it through smiles and encouragement is all I can do. Here are situations we are in, and we must keep moving forward.

Don’t let the lies of negative situations steal your joy! There’s a danger there. You stop thinking properly. Everything becomes too difficult to comprehend and work through.

The truth is we have emergency funds to cover fixing the car and the washing machine. It will be done soon enough.

The bathroom pipe is easily dealt with as well. We even have easy access to it right now due to a previous fix.

Praise God, no one was hurt in the accident. Sure there are inconveniences, but they truly are not worth the effort it takes to stay negative.

I choose to live in joy and peace, to turn to the Lord and say, “Thank You for Your provision. Thank You for Your protection. Thank You for Your joy, which is my strength.”

We can make it through because we are not alone!

So when the fluorescent kitchen light refuses to come on (oh yes, we dealt with this one too) make a choice to laugh it off and wiggle the bulbs before bursting out in complaints and adding it to “The List.”

“You will keep in perfect peace
those whose minds are steadfast,
because they trust in you.
Trust in the Lord forever,
for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal.” Isaiah 26:3-4 NIV


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