The Joy of Enjoying

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A big part of God's "joy plan" will come from your relationships. What activity could you plan for you and your spouse to enjoy together?

We have great joy and consolation in your love. Philemon 1:7

God's love leads to joy and joy abundant. Joy doesn't come easy to a "half empty" person like me (Teresa). I seem to be wired to see only what's not right, not done, can't work, or won't happen. Each of these is a painful joy killer. But God has sent His love into my life so that I can have joy. A big part of God's "joy plan" for me is my marriage to David.

David is the eternal optimist, seeing the good in everything and everybody. He also knows about joy and seems to find it everywhere. God involves my husband often to help me find the "silver linings." For example, several years ago David had me join him in making a long list of things I might enjoy—like lunch with friends, quiet reading times, shopping trips, trips with grandkids, and so forth. He kept after me until I had more than fifty possibilities, and then he set out to support me in scheduling each one. The plan was to help me better understand myself and to learn to experience joy. As we carried out our plan, I learned a great deal about myself and about real joy.

Another significant change began to happen as a result of David encouraging me to experience joy. I began to see more of God's blessings in my life. I began to have greater joy in my relationship with my heavenly Father because I was able to see demonstrations of His care for me. I became more at peace with myself and the world around me because I could rest in His love.

I was amazed to discover that life wasn't half empty after all! Thanks, David, for showing me how to more fully enjoy the blessings God brings.

What activity could you plan for you and your spouse to enjoy together?

God, help us as a couple to really enjoy life together.

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