Enjoying Life

Enjoying Life

When was the last time you really enjoyed something??
Not:
“When was the last time you were busy doing something that you loved, but now it has taken over your life?”

It’s so like us to keep busy and running around and “doing” all the time—because we doubt anybody else can get it done the way we want it. This constant flurry of activity wears on our mortal bodies and on our immortal souls.
Recently, my children were ill. I had to make the decision to keep them home from their school where I also volunteer and substitute teach. It meant missing the music classes I normally teach, but their low-grade fevers were a signal of rest needed.

The same morning, I read from two different Christians, who ended up ill, needing rest.
“When a back injury left me confined to the couch, barely moving to avoid the pain, I had no choice but to literally stop all my Christian activity and be. I lay there feeling like I had nothing left to offer God.” ~Christine Caine

“I just keep feeling worse. Like I would go to a work meeting, come home and crawl into bed for an hour, then go to the next one. “These allergies ARE KILLING ME!” I would think…The Lord majorly got onto me about it yesterday when I was journaling and praying. Like, there’s nothing impressive about working a lot. There’s nothing “cool” about not making time for what we are commanded to make time for. The first third of this year I have missed time with God that would have made a difference in my life because I don’t make space. I’m no busier than you or him or her. We all have the same amount of hours in a day. I just waste more” ~Annie F. Downs
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This morning, my devotional verse was from Ecclesiastes 8:15.

So I commend the enjoyment of life, because there is nothing better for a person under the sun than to eat and drink and be glad. Then joy will accompany them in their toil all the days of the life God has given them under the sun

When we don’t take time to rest, we miss out on the enjoyment of life. While home with my girls, we got to enjoy life. No stress of three different pickup times, making sure they had their backpacks all set to go, making sure I was prepared myself and ready to teach.
It’s not that there is anything wrong with those activities, but that when we allow ourselves to become busy, we drown out the sweet, soothing voice of God asking us to slow down and enjoy life.

Can you picture yourself like the Psalmist, David?
“He MAKES me to lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters, He restores my soul.” (Psalm 23:2-3)

Does God have to make us lie down in order to give us the quiet and rest He knows we need? Or will we make that a priority and pursue the rest that causes us to once again be useful?

If you’re on Facebook, I encourage you to subscribe to Basking in His Light. Her photographs with short scriptures are a daily encouragement to me, and she has been sharing from Psalm 23 recently.

Today, may you find joy in small moments. Perhaps it’s the song of a bird, a small wildflower with a burst of color, the vibrant hues of the sunrise or sunset, but just a reminder that the God of the Universe loves you and delights in you and created life for you to enjoy it.
Today is a gift.
Tammy

6 Comments

  1. there has been a pattern (ebb and flow) in my life of God bringing me to a point of withdrawing from activity and busyness and anything that takes the place of my First Love – Him. nearing 6 decades of existence, i’m still surprised by these times though now expecting them and certainly wondering, “okay Lord – what do you want to teach me this time?” it’s all good. it’s all mercy. it’s all grace.

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    • Sherry,
      thank you for the comment and visit! Oh, what a beautiful glimpse of your love with Him that you have shared here. Thank you. I agree there is an ebb and flow in my life as well. I feel like an Israelite on a cycle of faithfulness and forgetfulness and He’s so patient in the dry times, longing to refresh us. 🙂 Grace indeed!
      Love,
      BraveGirl Tammy

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  2. I am in a very intense season. I know it is a season. I know the Lord has called me to do the extraordinary things I am doing. However, I find myself stealing moments of rest whenever I can, because I have learned that otherwise the Lord will have to force it upon me. I’ve asked for his strength for this season, and each day it arrives. But, I am cherishing the moments I am able to snatch away simply to rest! Thank you for this wonderful encouragement. <3

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    • Cathy,
      thank you so much for the visit today! Oh and how He longs to give us His rest! I am sure you are familiar with Matthew 11:28-29, but perhaps a different translation will bring you new life.
      Much Love! And thank you for the wisdom you are sharing as you journey in this season!
      ~BraveGirl Tammy

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  3. Yes, we need to be still to be able to hear His voice and follow Him. Weariness and busy-ness is something our culture has done to us to keep us from hearing God.

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    • Susan,
      thank you for taking time to comment! I agree with you. Our enemy is the Prince of the World and has caused us to applaud busy-ness and “doing it all”. So glad that our God is showing us the truth-and that it is setting us free. 🙂
      ~BraveGirl Tammy

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