How Will You Infuse Joy Into TODAY?


It’s a rhythmic truth breathed throughout Scripture:

“You return man to dust; …they are like a dream, like grass …in the morning it flourishes and is renewed; in the evening it fades and withers.” ~Psalm 90:3-6 (author: Moses)

“He knows our frame He remembers that we are DUST. As for man, his days are like GRASS; he flourishes like a FLOWER of the field; the wind passes over it, and it is gone.” ~Psalm 103: 13-16 (author: David)

“All flesh is like GRASS and all its glory like the FLOWER of the grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls.” ~1 Peter 1:24 (author: Peter)

“What is your life? You are a MIST that appears for a little time and then vanishes.” ~James 4:14 (author: James)

What are we like?

Dust. Grass. A dream. A flower. A mist.

What will inevitably happen to our physical bodies?

Return to dust. Fade. Wither. Gone. Fall. Vanish.

So what are you going to do, mama, with today? It could be my last day on earth, or yours. Even if it’s not, it’s the only “today” we’re going to get a crack at. God’s mercies are new every morning, and tomorrow will be a new day, but it won’t be today.

  • It is easy to pass days in lethargy, staying busy via screens, while doing nothing of significance.
  • It is almost as easy to pass days in a frenetic blur, staying busy cleaning and cooking and organizing, pursuing a perfect home, while missing the things that really matter in life.
  • It is common to pass days in complaints, finding plenty to become embittered about, while doing nothing to bring joy into this drab world.
  • It is very human to pass days criticizing things or people, rather than praising God.

But let’s not be women like that. I want to be a joyful woman; don’t you? I want the corners of my eyes to have deepening crinkles in them, from smiles and joy, if God lets me make it into my 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s… or beyond.

Today, what I need to do to infuse joy in my home is smile deeply at my children, read Scripture aloud over lunch, laugh at the knock-knock jokes (not my favorite), choose contentment amidst chaos, and passionately kiss my husband and let him know he still knocks my socks off.

Keeping in mind how brief life is, what do you plan to do to infuse the JOY of CHRIST into your home today?


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Jess Connell

Jesus-follower, Happy wife, Mom of 8 neat people. Former world-traveler, now settled in Washington. Host of Mom On Purpose podcast ( I write and wrangle kids.

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4 Responses

  1. Tara says:

    Beautiful reminder, Jess! Wonderful post!

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