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Enjoy God
Every breathing moment is an experience of God's love.



Enjoy God

For some religious folks, enjoyment and fun are unholy. They consider any merriment too worldly.

Sad.

I believe that God invented laughter and humor. Happiness is a gift from Him. He takes delight in us (Zephaniah 3:17). He wants us to be happy. And to be happy does not strip off holiness.

Can you imagine God looking down on you filled with joy? I can.

I have a brother who sometimes always gets to my nerves because he’s a growing teen. But, whenever he says something funny, or say amazing things for someone his age, and does his chores, I well up with joy and pride.

This is the kid I used to baby-sit, bathe, read stories to. Now he can take care of himself, his cousins, his pet dogs, tell me stories about gods and goddesses, and hobbits, and elves that I haven’t heard of, he can play banduria and guitar. He sings well (when he thinks we’re not listening. Hah!)

I think that’s how God sees us.

He disapproves of our wrongdoings, but we can bring him pride and joy every time. 

I personally enjoy God when things are going my way.

Like any normal emotional human being though, I find it hard to take delight in moments when things are difficult. It’s REALLY hard to thank and praise Him when my cup’s empty.

But, I try.

I play loud worship songs, I try with all the strength I can gather to say “Thank You” when I’m in the middle of a mess and unsure if I can get through it. It’s hard. 

What I do to make it a little easier is to remind myself of the times He never failed me in the past; when I thought it’s the end of the road, but it was just a detour,
when I thought darkness has no end, but He brought me dawn,
when I thought Friday will be forever, but then He gave me Sunday,

I couldn’t emphasize it more. It is difficult to enjoy God, especially when you’ve been praying for something for a very long time, and it’s as if He’s not paying attention.

What I’ve learned in the waiting, and in the pruning stage is that every situation is an opportunity to pray and praise. 

In great times, I praise and thank Him. 
In difficult times, I ask for His comfort and thank Him for honing my faith. 
In confusing times, I ask for His enlightenment and guidance, and thank Him for the opportunity to be wiser. 
In lonely times, I seek His embrace, and thank Him for not leaving my side, and for the opportunity to appreciate the value of a company.

Every breathing moment is an experience of God's absolute love. May we never forget that. 


May I not forget that.

I was sure by now
God You would have reached down
And wiped our tears away
Stepped in and saved the day
But once again, I say "Amen", and it's still raining

As the thunder rolls
I barely hear Your whisper through the rain
"I'm with you"
And as Your mercy falls
I raise my hands and praise the God who gives
And takes away.

-Praise You In This Storm, Casting Crowns


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  1. I absolutely feel that we need to delight in God and his goodness! He certainly created joy and desires that for us! <3

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  2. I just KNOW that He's smiling down at you right about now, dear Lux ...

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  3. I think that there is a super power - a mother of all mothers - sitting up there and watching us... I would not mind calling that God... And I feel better when I know that God is watching, holding and helping!

    Nice one!

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  4. I am so loving this entire post. It's inspiring and definitely something I needed to hear today. And thank you so much for the wonderful words you left on my blog... I truly appreciate it. xox

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  5. Beautiful song you have chosen! Yes, praise in the storm and be okay to be joyful. I couldn't agree more!

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  6. It's true it is difficult to praise when times are difficult but even if I find it difficult I can never turn my back on Him, I know he love us all... even when some trials are incredibly long and hard that I often wonder if they will ever end... I know He is there for me and all of us... I know I have to go through this and one day I will know why xox

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  7. Love your words from the heart, specially inthis time

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  8. Without the love of the Lord, there is no true love. God is love and his love and joy is spread to all. Thank you for the reminder. I need to come over to your blog more often. I notice you comment on my posts from time to time and I am never able to respond to them. Not sure why, but I wanted to thank you for your words of encouragement and for following and taking the time to stop by and say hello. Take care, have a great weekend and Happy Easter! :) ~Lowanda of Sunshine and Elephants

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  9. Very beautiful portrait!
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  10. re: Thank you for your wonderful comment on my earlier post :)

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  11. It is good to have faith in god, cheers~

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  12. Yes, joy must be the engine of our life, we are religious or not. Joy is universal.

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  13. I adore this post! Hope you had an amazing Easter Sunday! Have a great new week.

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  14. Such beautiful post 😊

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  15. ;D

    Temos mesmo que apreciar Deus!

    Ótima segunda!

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  16. lovely!!!
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  17. Lovely - and I remember being told many years ago that praying isn't a wish list, because it doesn't work that way and He always answers but it may just not be the answer you were expecting. #sharethejoy

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  18. I hope that you had a most wonderful of Easters! Thank you for linking this up at #sharethejoy

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  19. Yah,enjoy God,everything comes through him

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  20. Beautiful post. Thank you for sharing with us!

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  21. What a lovely reminder to focus on the joy and acceptance, and that even in our darkest moments there is light and joy to be found #sharethejoy

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  22. Hope you had a wonderful Easter, Lux!

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  23. You've made a great point in remembering our faith even when things aren't 'going our way', it's so important to remain cheerful and grateful whenever possible :)

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  24. I am not religious, but it's a sad thought indeed that if there is a god he is only there to punish. Faith and belief in something should be about joy and happiness. And about having something to hold on to when things get tough.

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  25. So true. Hope you and yours had a wonderful Easter :)

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  26. So of the most mature and "in-love with Jesus" folks I know are light-hearted, smiling, and joyful. He simply has that effect. Enjoyed the visit today, Lux. I love seeing how the Lord is growing you. It's evident in your writing. This is my favorite line from above: "What I’ve learned in the waiting, and in the pruning stage is that every situation is an opportunity to pray and praise. "

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  27. Beautifully said! God loves to delight us. I agree with you that holy does not mean no fun, and having fun doesn't make us less holy. And I think it's good to praise Him even when our circumstances would cause us to doubt. It might not be easy, but like you said we can remind ourselves of the times He has been faithful and know that He will answer in His timing and according to His purposes for good. Blessings to you!

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  28. God DELIGHTS in us. I think this is such a powerful, life changing truth. You communicated it well.

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  29. so sweet pictures and gret post!
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  30. Great post
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  31. I don't know how people have got this impression, but they think that because some Christians have rules they abide by (like the commandments), they then can't have any fun. It's not the case at all! I have fun and enjoy myself and be sensible all at the same time, and I know God is happy because I am happy too :D

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  33. Your writing is just so beautiful. Hope you had a very blessed Easter!

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  34. Wise words, Lux and such a sweet picture! Thanks for sharing! Blessings :)

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  35. Yes, God does smile and even laugh, and it is not sin to have good clean fun. It is the "pleasures of Sin" that are wrong and we need to shun. Thanks Luz for another great post shared here at Tell me a Story.

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  36. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop

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  37. God wants to see us happy and blessed. Having faith in God is what can keep us peaceful always :-)

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  38. A beautiful post in so many ways Lux! We can worship the Lord and praise Him even if we don't understand or see what He is doing in our lives... and just like your brother, while you may not like all that he does, you love Him just the same. Isn't our Lord so wonderful to be so patient with us! Praying you are blessed today my friend!

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  39. Beautiful post. I agree.

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