“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” ― Eleanor Roosevelt
What brings you joy?
Music brings me joy. And dancing. And seeing my kids smile. Oh and if you put all of those together I’m seriously feeling like I’ve touched heaven.
I’ve been trying to diligently live full of joy. A joy-filled life, eyes wide open, fully. To find moments of and rejoice in the small things. Not in a hippie-flower child peace, love and joy kinda way; although I don’t really see what could be wrong with that. But in an honest to goodness, Lord let me see the joy and hope in every situation sort of way. Like the quote above says to “taste experience to the utmost”. That’s real joy.
Joy is one of those fruits of the spirit that you can’t turn off once you’ve found it. You know that Joy, the kind you can’t really put into words because it’s indescribable. But you have it, it empowers you and brings you strength from the depth of your soul. I believe that’s what the scriptures meant when it says the joy of the Lord is your strength. That joy, that’s unsinkable.
Joy is a fruit. A fruit of our spirit. It’s an outward expression of an inward decision.
Joy is the ability to hold up because we know we are being held up. – Elisa Morgan Naked Fruit
Today I started a new study with the She Reads Truth community on the Fruits of the Spirit.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, self-control.
Against such things there is no law. (Galatians 5:19-23, HCSB)
Which one of those would you say you’re “good at”?
Which one, not so much?
I heard a quote the other day on our radio station, it said “critical thinking is good; critical spirit, not so much” #BeJoy
When we look at the list of fruits which would you say you are someone natural at being?
Which are you still learning?
Would it be safe to say it depends on the circumstance?
Friends I invite you to join me in the SheReadsTruth study on #FruitsOfTheSpirit not so that we can say we are “doing” a study but to actually BE the study.
Let’s take some time to turn inward and really see if we know what it means to get INNERactive. Since this month our FOCUS is on the transformation, it’s worth taking a look at where our fruit is.
I promised you resources this month. Here’s a few that I really EN-Joy!!
Cucumber, tomato, mozzarella salad with avocado ( tossed in a Greek Vinaigrette dressing). More recipes like this can be found at Eating Well Magazine
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Sample Meal plan:
- Breakfast: Shakeology with a banana and 2 tsp. almond butter (1 red, 2 purple, 2 tsp.)
- Snack: Oatmeal with cinnamon and an apple (1 yellow, 1 purple)
- Lunch: Ground turkey sautéed with 1 tsp. olive oil, mushrooms, onions, and diced tomatoes served over spiralized zucchini with a baked sweet potato (1 red, 2 green, 2 yellow, 1 tsp.)
- Post-Workout: Baked tilapia seasoned with lemon and garlic Flavorgod, and steamed broccoli (1 red, 1 green)
- Dinner: Salmon with baked Brussels sprouts in 1 tsp. olive oil and 1/4 avocado (not shown) (1 red, 1 green, 1 blue, 1 tsp.)
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Shift your thinking to move toward your calling. It’s all a matter of the habits we practice. Practice what brings you joy.
Joy is not just about what happens in life – the little boosts of positive emotion that cme when something makes you happy for a moment. Yes, that bite of chocolate will make you happy for a moment, so hey savor it. But deeper joy comes from peace and love and know you are living the life you were meant to live. – Valarie Burton
Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg Tennessee. This simplest do-nothing but enjoy everything getaway!
“You were given life; it is your duty (and also your entitlement as a human being) to find something beautiful within life, no matter how slight.” ― Elizabeth Gilbert
What brings you joy?
How can you DO joy?
How can you BE joy?