07/22/14

Reaching even further still…

Earlier this year, I shared with all of you what a profound impact Ann Voskamp’s 1000 Gifts Small Group Bible study had had on my heart and the hearts of the women I am in study and fellowship with.You can read more about that journey and my Habit of Gratitude Journal here.

I am still counting, still reaching, still writing until I reach 1000. And then maybe, even still.

I became so intrigued and excited by this idea of total, complete, and unending joy achieved by living a life of thankfulness; by living a life of wakefulness.

Oh, Joy.

Who doesn’t want that?

real joy is...

Joy.

It’s the total and complete surrender of oneself.

It’s not about what makes you happy, what makes you feel glad, or even what tickles your fancy.

It isn’t temporal or temporary or even something that should come and go, ebb and flow, increase or decrease.

It is so, so, so much bigger than all of that.

It is knowing who He is, and who you are in Him.

It is knowing Him.

His character, His words, seeking HIs face. It is understanding and obeying His commands, and believing upon His promises, His truths.

It’s the understanding of His grace, His love, and His affection for you.

It’s knowing He set you apart before the very foundation of this world. He set you apart because He loves you, and you are His. .

He wanted you. He wanted you so badly that He died for you.

Someone needed to be reminded of that today.

I needed to be reminded of that today. 

 

Lord, fill me up with joy until I am overflowing! Let it overflow from my heart into my words and

actions so that they all bring glory and honor to you. 

When I become angry, remind me who I am in you. 

When I become frustrated, remind me who I am in you. 

When I don’t feel beautiful, remind me who I am in you. 

When I feel lonely, alone, unwanted, remind me who I am to you. 

When I become tired, weary, shaken, remind me who I am in you. 

Because IN YOU, is the only place I want to be. And OF YOU is how I want to be filled. 

Amen.

xoxoxo……………………….

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