"These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world."
Things are not easy. Life is not easy. It's not easy getting up every single morning, day after day to little boys who need breakfast, need lunches made, need a double check over, their backpacks ready and shoes tied, teeth brushed and hairs combed, no holes in jeans, and smiles out the door. All this in the first hour of being awake at 6am before the coffee has kicked in.
I have a habit each morning. Before my feet hit the floor. It's a real prayer from my heart, but this particular prayer has become a habit. Dear Lord Jesus, please put a smile on my face that my family may see joy in heart, my face, and my voice. No matter what life may look like I can start my day with "good cheer". I want to start my day with "good cheer". I think "good cheer" is a learned behavior. I know it must be. How else could I wake up so happy every day. Even in the midst of tribulations. The breakfast routine is really a pretty easy tribulation. I just use this as an example. There are always those big HEAVIES on my heart.
I have been doing this school morning routine for over 20 years. You would think it would get easier. I have never been wired as a morning person. As of late, my boys on this particular morning, two brought me coffee. Truly I am blessed. And be of good cheer friends.