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If reading the post title today gave you a mental image of tiny computer animated blue round-blob things, then know that we’re on the same page.

And no, I’m not crazy (I think).

That sentence has been stuck in my head for the last two days and it’s driving me bananas!

But I’ve just realised that that sentence can be applied to me, today, here…now.

Because sometimes I would rather sleep in than get up early to sink in to God’s word and talk with the Creator of the world. Sometimes I would rather clean my shower (yes, this actually did happen the other day…I had a total Martha Martha episode) than learn more about my Saviour. And sometimes I would rather check Twitter than struggle through memorising Scripture.

Ok, I hear you say, slow down. Back up. Pause and rewind. What does that have to do with warped smurfs asking about vitamins?

Because just like our body needs regular healthy foods, vitamins, sunlight and clean water to live at an optimum level of health, our spiritual life needs regular watering, feeding and Son-basking.

‘ Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” ‘

– John 6:35

When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” ‘

–  John 8:12

So, have you had your “inner health plus” today?

p.s No, Inner Health didn’t contact me and ask me to promote their vitamin.

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Journey for joy

It’s been a long time coming. 23 years in the making, really, when you think about it.

Because we’re all searching for joy. Seeking it. Hunting it. Grasping, reaching, panting after it.  And we fill our lives so full with the by-products of that search, that we get blindsided.

“He has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. I perceived that there is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live.” Ecclesaistes 3:11-12 (emphasis mine)

“Since doing the will of God ought to bring you joy, the pursuit of joy is an essential part of all moral effort” John Piper

When I first became a Christian, there was an awareness of joy – joy birthed from grace, grace born of mercy – mercy at the hands of the Living God from whom my salvation had come, borne on the shoulders of the Son.

There were always periods of joy-filled days, when my heart seemed full to bursting. Smile on my lips. Grace on my tongue. Rejoicing in His Word.

But…life intrudes. The world intrudes. Blindsided. And me, my heart, my soul, not strong enough to shove it away, to soldier on. And so my soul forgets, again and again. The words of Ann Voskamp ring true:

“I am beset by chronic soul amnesia” (p106, “One Thousand Gifts”)

How can I scoff at the faithless Israelites of old when I am just like them; forgetting, closing and turning?

But the Lord is good…is good…is good. Maybe if I repeat it enough, it’ll etch onto the stone tablet of my heart.

How can I make sure that life doesn’t intrude again, make me forget again?

By seeing Him, His grace, His gifts…everywhere, in everything.

And giving thanks for that.

#1. My quiet time couch – covered in books, notes and pens.

#2. My old, worn Bible.

#3. My husband home for the day.

#4. Baby sleeping soundly

#5. An afternoon sleep that renews my energy

#6. Crickets chirping outside the window

What can you see, hear, taste that makes you grateful to God for His gifts?

Hello mornings!

 

Bec and Abbie at the World's Greatest Shave, Picton

Hi there and welcome to “joy cometh by morning”!

My name’s Bec. I suppose you’d like to know a bit more about me? Here’s 3 things that I consider most important about myself:

1. Follower of Jesus – gave my life to Him in 2002 and have been growing, learning, changing ever since!

Hubby Aaron on our wedding day

2. Married to my best friend, Aaron – met him while volunteering at a kid’s camp, and the rest (as they say) is history (I’ll expound on this later).

3. Mum to Abigail Rose – this cheeky monkey is our first baby and has taught me so much over the past year.

Abbie, aged 6 months

I’d like to be able to tell  you that this is my first blog – but I can’t.  I had a brief (and by brief, I mean 2 weeks) period during my carefree university days where I blogged about nothing in particular. Then assignments and life caught up with me, and it never went any further than Week 3 of Semester 1, 2007.

I have higher aspirations for this blog.

My tagline tells you that I’m a searcher, a quester, a seeker…for joy. for grace.

And oh, oh how important vital they are!

So, will you join me in my journey for joy?