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What Brings You Joy?

I think how blessed I am to receive these lovely inspirationals every day so that I can share them with you. Reading them makes me realize that we are loved by a big God Who wants us to be at peace and have joy in our lives. So often, we as women have big roles to play as a wife, a mom, a daughter, a sister or a friend, and we want to be there for everyone and forget about what we need. It’s ok to slow down, it’s ok to put our feet up and take time to enjoy who we are, for just ourselves! It’s not a sin to enjoy our every day lives and not feel guilty about that! I hope this blesses you today! Viv

What Brings You Joy?
Holley Gerth

Dear You,

When you enjoy your life you bring joy to the One who gave it to you. That, my friend, is why the enemy of your soul hates what makes you truly joyful. Because he is out to destroy anything and everything that brings God joy.

So the enemy tells you that you aren’t allowed to rest—that you must work harder and harder for God.

He whispers that you are not permitted to receive gifts God created for your pleasure.

He distracts your soul with what can never fill it and then convinces you God is holding out on you.

Enjoy your life, friend. Hug your family. Watch a movie. Eat a marvelous meal. Sleep in on Saturdays. Watch the birds. Slow down.

When you do this, it’s not selfish. Instead it’s a way of bringing joy to the One who has brought all of this to you. Don’t let the enemy steal from God what is rightfully his—and that is you enjoying your life, embracing what he’s given, savoring each moment so that you “taste and see that the Lord is good” (Ps. 34:8).

Will we have times of trouble? Yes. But even in those moments, isn’t enjoying what we can, in the way God intended, part of what sustains us? We’ve all known seasons of deep hardship when laughter seems to heal our soul more than anything else.

When we try to live with joy, the enemy accuses us: “Look how selfish you are, how irresponsible, how indulgent.” Can you imagine saying the same to a child on Christmas morning as she gleefully and gratefully receives the gifts she’s been given? Of course you wouldn’t. That is not the voice of love. Those are lies intended to break the heart of a Father.

Do you want to bring glory and delight to God today?

Then dare to enjoy your life . . . fully, freely, forever.


Holley Gerth

{Inspired by Ps. 34:8, Ps. 35:27, Eccles. 8:15) and adapted from If We Could Have Coffee… (ebook)}

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