Being joyful is Biblical. Paul told the church in Philippi to “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.” (Philippians 4:4) and reminded the Galatians of the fruits of the spirit, which included joy, among others (Galatians 5:22). Solomon  wrote in Proverbs 17:22, “A joyful heart is good medicine.” So, with all these edicts to be joyful, why don’t we feel so more often? A rhetorical question since we’d probably all answer with the same list … financial stress, demands at work and so on. We’d all agree we desire to experience more joy in our lives … but maybe lack practical application of “how to.”

Recently, blogger Susan Merrill offered some suggestions …

  1. Stop saying how tired you are.
  2. Smile at your kids.
  3. Laugh with your kids.
  4. Tickle, hug, cuddle, repeat.
  5. Don’t snap at your kids.
  6. Don’t rush your kids.

I love this list … mainly because I love when the TO DO’s are attainable and tangible. Do you see one, two or three of Susan’s ideas you could start implementing … today? Maybe becoming an intentional parent will cause in you to be a more joyful parent.

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