Tuesday, March 19, 2013

What Brings You Joy?

Tuesdays are God-Sized Dream days, when Holley Gerth’s team gets together to explore the dreams God plants in our hearts.

Holley’s question for this week is…

What brings you joy—especially when it comes to your God-sized dream?

A God-sized Dream is a desire in your heart for more of what God has for you.
~Holley Gerth

For me, joy is found in my personal relationship with God.

I’ve always believed in God, but I didn’t know Him personally.

I knew Him as a God I could pray to, but not as my God whom I could talk to all day long, about anything.

It was when God began to capture my heart that I knew I wanted to know Him better.

As I turned to Him, He drew me closer. I could feel His presence and I grew to know His voice. I began to see how He was working in me and in my life.

And I found joy.

Joy is knowing that when I’m at the end of myself, I’m not alone. God never leaves me.

Joy is seeing the blessings along the rocky roads.

Joy is learning to focus on Him, and not myself.

Joy is the peace He brings, when nothing in life feels peaceful.

Joy is in knowing I can trust God in everything, because I’ve seen that He always keeps His promises.

Joy is leaning in to God for a hug, sharing something exciting with Him, and crying on His shoulder.

Joy is knowing He’s never too busy to spend time with me.

Joy is knowing God wants to be in a relationship with me. One-on-one. Him and me.

How about you? What brings you joy?

In Christ,
Laura  


13 comments:

  1. "Joy is knowing that when I’m at the end of myself, I’m not alone. God never leaves me."

    Yes. What an awesome definition.

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    1. Thanks Christine. I'm so glad to be on this journey with you. :)

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  2. Beautiful words of encouragement!

    From recent circumstances in my life, I would add:
    "Joy is trusting there IS light at the end of the tunnel...even if I can't see it."

    Found you via Soli Deo Gloria - glad I did!
    Blessings!

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    1. Yes! I love that addition! Thanks Teri, God bless!

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  3. Joy! Yes, true joy is found in Christ. No matter what is happening around us, we can feel that joy because we know our future is secure with Him. I have found that the only way to "lose" our joy is to take our eyes off of Him...

    Blessings, Laura! Joan

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    1. I agree Joan. Taking my eyes off of Him causes me to lose so many things...joy, peace, direction, just to name a few. God bless!

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  4. Yes! This: "Joy is knowing God wants to be in a relationship with me. One-on-one. Him and me." LOVE this Truth... after all - it is part of my God-Sized Dream! Bless you!

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    1. Thanks for your comment Karrilee. God bless!

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  5. Well said, Laura. If you had told me this 10 years ago, I wouldn't have understood or believed you. Having experienced having my heart captured, though, I agree 100%. Thanks for the cheerful and encouraging message today!

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    1. Kim, thanks for your comment. I agree with you. I didn't get it back then either. In fact, I've been thinking a lot about it and might write a second post on joy. Bless you Kim!

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  6. You've got this so right. Joy is bound up in the Lord. We can skim it off other things, but it's only deep in Him.

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  7. Love this!

    Joy is from relationship, happiness is from circumstances. I find that the pursuit of relationship with Him is better than pursuing happiness.

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  8. I like these thoughts and found them to be encouraging. I alway love stopping by your blog. I mean it. Thanks for linking up over at WholeHearted Home.

    Oh...and what brings me Joy? My newbie premie grandtwins and the gift from the Lord that they are in my life.

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Thank you for sharing your thoughts!