by Lisa Prysock
I notice my family is happy and joyful when they are able to laugh together. It unifies. It strengthens us. It changes our atmosphere. It changes our whole day from gloom to sunshine. I love to hear the laughter of my children in our home. It lifts my heart. It binds us together. It helps us create fantastic memories. I believe laughter is an outward expression of our inner joy.
A merry heart doeth good [like] a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones. Proverbs 17:22, KJV
Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence [is] fullness of joy; at thy right hand [there are] pleasures for evermore. Psalm 16:11, KJV
I also notice my husband loves to come home to a house filled with peace, thanksgiving, and praise. I like to keep the local Christian radio station on when I’m preparing dinner. Many times while I’m singing to the Lord along with the radio, he comes home from work and immediately senses the atmosphere is a happy one. It sets the tone for our whole evening to go well. Other times, we may be worshipping the Lord and feel the presence of God in our midst. In His presence there is safety, more joy, and greater peace…
Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all [ye that are] upright in heart. Psalm 32:11
Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing. Psalm 100:1-2
When we take time to rest in the Lord and set aside time for proper physical rest, I believe it baffles the enemy. Another way to overcome trouble is to set our hearts and minds on an attitude of rest, trusting in the Lord and moving through our day in peace. My husband and I try to do what we can when challenges arise. We pray. We make a plan. We tackle it to the best of our ability and then leave the outcome in the Lord’s capable, mighty hands. I believe being at rest is yet another way to baffle and battle opposing forces. I believe when we do our best to honor the Lord with one day a week of rest, our bodies become refreshed and we are better prepared for the week ahead.
Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy ladden, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28, KJV
16 Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the Sabbath, to observe the Sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant.
17 It is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever: for in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed. Exodus 31:16-17, KJV
In summary, if you haven’t tried joy, rest, and praise in your home, or perhaps you feel your family drifting away from these as we all do from time to time, ask the Lord to help you implement them and start winning your battles!
Lisa M. Prysock lives in the countryside of beautiful, rolling Kentucky just outside of the greater Louisville area near horse farms and four board fences with her husband of 19 years. She homeschools the two youngest of their five children (three grown). She and her husband live in an average, two story, Colonial style home they are continually updating– with a funny looking Heinz 57 dog; an adorably dainty lady cat; two teenagers; a vegetable garden; numerous flower beds; and a tree house undergoing a remodel. When not in teaching or writing mode, she is teaching herself to play the piano and violin. In regards to that, she laughs: “It’s a pretty painful process, but I’m truly enjoying it!”
Lisa loves all things old-fashioned and has adopted a slogan of “The Old-Fashioned Everything Girl.” A few of her interests and passions include doll houses, long dresses and hats, gardening, reading the Classics, butterflies, swimming, walking, working out, cooking, sewing, crochet, cross stitching, arts and crafts, scrapbooking, decorating, and drawing. Recently, her husband remodeled a room in their home with a picture window overlooking a valley which contains a creek and wooded area, transforming the space into a serene and sublime writing office/sewing room. “It’s a great source of peace and inspiration for me… and pure joy not to be writing from the busy kitchen amidst the household chaos on a laptop. Growing teenagers eating every five minutes makes for a constant stream of happenings!”
Lisa is an Amazon bestselling author of To Find a Duchess, an Inspirational Regency Romance; a Victorian Christian Romance Series which includes Hannah’s Garden: a Turn of the Century Love Story and Abigail’s Melody; and ‘The Lydia Collection,’ which includes The Redemption of Lady Georgiana (a Ruth love story of modern day Regency proportions), Protecting Miss Jenna (an Antebellum Era Christian Romance Adventure), and Persecution & Providence (a ‘Jane Austen-ish’ mail order bride story from the Pioneer Era). She is also the author of a devotional/Bible Study, Arise Princess Warrior and recently released The Shoemaker, an Old-Fashioned Regency Christmas Romance. Lisa writes clean and wholesome literature that shares her faith in Jesus Christ. She is a member of ACFW and Louisville Christian Writers. You can find out more about Lisa at: www.LisaPrysock.com