Do you have people in your life you feel connected to, but you haven’t had much time together? There’s simply something that draws you close. Kindred heartbeats.
I met a lovely lady a few years ago at a writers conference who intimidated me. It wasn’t her doing. It was all in my head. She was a multi published author, a faculty member of many conferences, and a seminary graduate. Poised and fixed, and beautiful.
Our paths and hearts have crossed a few more times since that first awkward meeting, and we’ve found that we are both lovers of words, word nerds, in fact. And the blood of Jesus and the love of words develops a deep connection, my friends. I say all that to introduce you to my friend, Lucinda Secrest McDowell and her latest book Dwelling Places: Words to Live By in Every Season.
I purchased her book because I consider her a friend, but I love her book because it’s got so many treasures inside. And one of those treasures is the entry on the word “Joy.”
I read this to my Periscope friends yesterday, but I feel I must share this with you too. Because I know that we picture “joy” as happy and bubbling over, but preparing for this week’s Bite of Bread, God led me to definitions of joy that go beyond happy bubbles.
In Monday’s post I gave us Rick Warren’s definition of joy. It had to do with “settled assurance, quiet confidence, and determined choice.”
Joy is God’s dwelling place, and He wants to share that with us. This joy is a pervasive sense of well-being that is deeper and broader than any pleasure. It is an element of inner transformation into Christ-likeness and the outer life that flows from it.”
Do we know that kind of joy? The grown-up joy that settles in our souls? It’s strong and confident.
“The joy of the Lord is my strength.” Nehemiah 8:10.
If we don’t know such confidence and strength-joy, it is a prayer away. This is a wonderful prayer written by an author who lost her husband at an early age. Lucinda includes this in her book.
Let’s pray this prayer. I’ve got your hand.
“Jesus, let my life house You. Make Yourself at home in me. Recreate me so completely that only You are evident. The evidence of Your indwelling presence is true joy. Not so much high emotion as calm and settled contentment. When nothing in my life seems reason for rejoicing, I still find myself rejoicing.” ~Jennifer Kennedy Dean
Enter the Giveaway: (Up to three entries possible)
- Leave a comment sharing your thoughts and experiences concerning this kind of deep joy. (One entry)
- Share this post with friends and let me know you shared. (One more entry)
- Invite friends to subscribe to Daily Grace. Subscribers receive a free 22 Day Devotional on Psalm 119. –Just let me know you’ve invited them. You get the entry even if they don’t subscribe. (One more entry)
I’ll draw the winner on Periscope Monday morning! If you want to join us, you need a Twitter account, the Periscope App, and to follow @wordsbyandylee to receive the notification when I’m live at 8:20.
Have a wonderful weekend. Spend time with Jesus and get much needed Sabbath rest.