Just Enjoy It

I have been so encouraged lately by your responses to my blogs. There was Geri who almost choked on the banana she was eating as she began reading the last blog about my banana face. And Karlyn who was amused by that same blog and suggested you all send pictures of your own “food faces.” (Please do)

To top it all off, my daughter and I were on a walk in the local park when we were approached by a woman and her beautiful Collie. She called me by name and said how much she enjoys my blogs. She gently commanded me to keep writing them and asked God’s blessing on me. I was glad to have my daughter there as a witness to the love and encouragement God provided me through those kind words spoken in a random encounter with a divine messenger. (Thank you Patty)

Your feedback is always encouraging, humbling and exciting! In fact, it has created a monster. I can no longer go anywhere without seeing something that makes me say “Ooh, now there’s a blog!”

Case in point, my granddaughter, Emily, and I were just strolling the sidewalk at a nearby strip mall and I spotted the scene in the picture above. Right away I see, in that somewhat odd occurrence, the fun and carefree-ness that we have been talking about the last few weeks. It brought such a smile to my face and Emily’s. A weird but memorable bonding moment with my granddaughter!

I’ve also received a link to a video from Jane and a book from Deb that focused on our Belovedness. That along with an insightful conversation with Ann about the importance of having an attentive heart has reminded me once again of how loved we all are and how our days can be filled with goodness and freedom and joy if we are attentive to the unseen, not the obvious.

The book I received is called The Life You Long For- Learning to Live from a Heart of Rest by Christy Nockels. In the chapter entitled “The Farm-Table Epiphany,” she shares how she heard God say ”Just enjoy Me,” as she was reflecting on Psalm 37:4 which reads: Take delight in the Lord and he will give you your heart’s desires.

She goes on to say: He didn’t speak audibly, but my heart filled with a knowing that it was Him. It had been a long while since I had heard Him speak so clearly and plainly, and the certainty of His presence unraveled me. It had also been a long time since I had truly enjoyed God. I loved Him, no doubt. I worshipped Him and made Him known to the world through my songwriting and artistry. But enjoying Him? I am not even sure I knew how to do it.

I admit I never really think about enjoying God. Do you? “Just enjoy Me” has become my mantra these last couple weeks and it really has brought my heart to attention and opened my eyes to the unseen. The goodness, the simplicity, the love, and the fun that pokes through the ordinary, everyday. You should try it.

A truck full of mannequins? Just enjoy it.


Joan Carey, Firstfruits executive director, is an author and speaker with a passion for helping women grow in their relationships with God. Her Ponder This book contains a series of modern day parables sure to get you thinking about and seeing our extraordinary God in our ordinary experiences. Joan invites you to use resources on this website for daily reflection in your journey to grow in God's loving care for you.
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