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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?


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