Renewed Joy


Well, I have begun the metaphorical hike up the mountain that three months ago I was overwhelmed by. As I look back on this path I have journeyed so far, I am overwhelmed with God’s incredible grace. I feel so undeserving of this abundant excitement, satisfaction, peace, and most of all, joy.

For two years now, I have felt as though joy had left my soul. There were glimpses but it always remained out of reach. I can now say that as I stepped back into the will of God and stepped out of my will, joy has returned to my heart in a full overflowing. I cannot ever remember such consistent joy. When I do this new work the Lord has set in front of me and join with those God has placed around me, my heart is filled with a joy I thought I might not ever have in my grasp.

Friends, what a sweet God we have! He is patient to wait for us when we stray off the path he has chosen for us. So patient! And when we finally do step back onto the path, He throws us a huge party and fills us quickly with all his glorious promises. Joy, peace, rest, it all comes back onto us, even in fuller measures!

I’ve never been so sure of something in my life, and it was only by the Holy Spirit’s prompting that I even pursued it. I am attending seminary now, something I had wanted in my heart as a young girl, but as I grew up put aside as foolish. I see now that that desire was from the Lord, for as I now step into fulfilling that desire, I see now the fullness of God’s beautiful plan.

I want to encourage you right now to see if you are in the will of the Father. Do you have an area of your life that makes your spirit FULL? Where you leave smiling and giddy because of the return you get from that area? Experiencing the joy and satisfaction I have in these past few weeks, I now believe with all my heart that this is what God intends for all of his children. When we walk in the purpose and plan God has for us, there is an indescribable fulfillment deep in our spirit, where your very soul, deep to its depths, feels satisfied. This is the feeling we are meant to have in our life. It is not always going to feel like daisies and rainbows though often it will. There will be times when it is difficult and trying, but deep down your soul will still feel fulfilled by the work.

God created you for a reason, a beautiful unique reason. I pray right now that if you are not currently in the divine purpose of where God wants you, that a restlessness would be stirred deep within you. I pray that God would begin to stir up questions that can only be answered by Him. I pray that you would begin to look at the natural gifts God gave you and point you to people who can encourage those gifts for the use of the Kingdom. I pray that the door God desires for you to walk through would open. I pray that you will walk through that door and find the glorious purpose that God has created you for.

You are special unto the Lord. You are important to him for his story. He needs each one of us to do what he has designed us to do. Do not let the fears of your mind or the fears and opinions of others hold you back. When you begin to see the plan God has for your life and hear the calling, there will be no greater joy than knocking down barriers to run on towards your goal set before you by the Lord. Listen for his lead and go. I can promise you, you will not regret it.

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works,

which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10

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