I’ve thought of several things that bring me joy and encourage my heart. Things cause me to feel a little lighter, breathe a little easier or smile a little more.
Sitting quietly to soak up the Word of God, dwelling on His promises
Walking through the woods, breathing in the earthy freshness
Wrapping my hands around a warm cup of tea and leaning into the steam
Laughing with friends
Watching the kids play together
Digging in the garden dirt and harvesting homegrown veggies
Talking with H.
Getting lost in a good story
Singing praises to God, worshipping with brothers and sisters on a Sunday morning
Reading books to the kids
Cooking real food that my family will love and eating it with them
Receiving a freshly picked bouquet of wild flowers
Every one of these things is a blessing from God who loves to give good gifts to His children.
I found it interesting that each time I thought of something that makes me happy, I’d also think of an exception.
Sitting quietly with God’s promises except when the phone keeps ringing. Watching the kids play until they start to yell at each other. Wrapping my hands around a warm cup of tea unless someone spills it on me.
It made me wonder if I’m really so inclined toward discontentment. Its true that I can work more on being content in every situation, but I’m also reminded that the best is yet to come!
For all the blessings God gives me to enjoy here and now, I will not be truly satisfied and content until I am face to face with my Savior. Free from every earthly distraction, temptation and sin. Free to sit at the feet of Jesus and worship Him without any other care.
While God continues to give me breath, I will enjoy the blessings around me. Yet, as a child of God redeemed by the blood of Jesus, I must not forget that the best is yet to come!
Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for those that love Him.
I Corinthians 2:9
What brings you joy and encourages your heart?