Are You Enjoying God?

A merry heart does good, like medicine, But a broken spirit dries the bones, (Proverbs 17;22 NKJV).

 

 C.S. Lewis says that most Christians lack “merriment.”  I like that word. “Merriment.” Just moving the words across my lips is fun. And I think Lewis is right. We lack merriment and we don’t expect it. Many Christians look like they’ve been weaned on a dill pickle. My goodness, if there is anyone who should exude merriment, it is a person who knows Jesus as Savior and Lord. We, above all people, have something to be merry about!

[tweetherder][/tweetherder]What God desires, not from you but for you, is life to the full (John 10:10). There’s nothing ho-hum about that. I read Jesus’ words in John 10:10 and I am famished for glory moments of life to the full. I want to see God, to experience His presence as I live and move and have my being in Him.

John wrote, “How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God” (1 John 3:1). He didn’t simply use the word given, but lavished. Webster defines lavish this way: “given or provided with great generosity and abundance, to bestow with large generosity, profusion, a downpour.”  Ponder those words separately.

Lavished.

Provided with great generosity.

Abundance.

Bestow with large generosity.

Profusion.

Downpour.

Do these words reflect your expectations in your relationship with Jesus? C.S. Lewis said it well in his book, The Weight of Glory:

“We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”

The first statement in the Shorter Catechism of the Westminster Confession of 1646 states that man’s chief end is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. Enjoy Him! To enjoy God is to glorify Him. Just as He takes delight in you, He longs for you to take delight in Him. You simply can’t separate the two.

Are you enjoying God? As you live and move and have your being in Him, is there a smile on your face and a skip in your step? Do you expect the rich adventurous faith-filled life that you read about in the Bible? Do you expect to experience God’s glory today? If not, perhaps you need to raise your expectations of what your relationship with Jesus can be.

Once we’ve tasted the sweetness of His fruit, to settle for anything less than the bountiful orchard of His blessings will always disappoint. Oh yes, there are heavy-laden branches filled with low hanging fruit just waiting to be picked. If only we would reach up high enough, raise our expectations, and pluck them from the tree.

Today, make it your goal to enjoy God! Be thankful. Sing praise! Notice His love notes in the sky, the morning breeze, the face of a flower upturned.

 Let’s Pray

Dear Lord, I just love You. Forgive me for wearing a frown when I, of all people, have so much to be “merry” about. Rather than saving that word for Christmas holidays I’m going to celebrate today. “Merry Today” will be on my lips today. In Jesus’ Name…the One who give me a reason to be merry, Amen.

What Do You Think? 

Quick. Stop what you’re doing. Look in a mirror. Don’t read any further.

Now that you’re back, was there a smile on your face or a frown?

If you’d like to celebrate today and enjoy God today, leave a comment that says. “I’m enjoying God today…and He’s enjoying me.”

 Want More? 

Turn every day into a celebration of God’s presence and working in your life. Learn how in A Sudden Glory: God’s Lavish Response to Your Ache for Something More. Hey, are you on Twitter? Follow me at www.twitter.com/sharonjaynes. Are you a Pinterest gal? Check out my inspirational quotes and Girlfriends in God boards on www.pinterest.com/sharonjaynes.

 


45 Responses to Are You Enjoying God?

  1. Frances Perez Garry September 18, 2012 at 9:03 am #

    I am going to pick my piece of fruit today and enjoy God’s blessing he has for me. My goal to day is to smile more no matter how I feel. I wiil enjoy God knowing he enjoys me.

  2. Gina September 18, 2012 at 10:43 am #

    I’m enjoying GOD today….and HE is enjoying me 🙂

  3. Cindy Wink September 18, 2012 at 10:48 am #

    “I’m enjoying God today…and He’s enjoying me.” Thank you! I am blessed each morning with words from you and your other Girlfriends! Have a beautiful day and, by the way, “Merry Today”!!!!

  4. Jenny September 18, 2012 at 11:10 am #

    “I am enjoying God today…..and He is enjoying me”…..with a beautiful sunrise at the beach and a smile on my face.

  5. Nadine September 18, 2012 at 11:14 am #

    Not there was………. there still IS a HUGE smile ! 😀
    I’m enjoying God today. And He’s enjoying me.
    Whenever I read about our Lord Jesus, wherever I hear about Him or think of Him, I can’t help smiling, and I feel a deep joy.
    May You all feel that joy, too. And may we all be witnesses to Christ, rejoicing in Him, and sharing His Word daily, with everyone. Because simply…. how could we not ?!

    God bless,
    Nadine

  6. Carol September 18, 2012 at 11:15 am #

    I’m enjoying God today, and He is enjoying me! Found out the “more” I was searching for was Jesus at age 56,

  7. Pam September 18, 2012 at 11:28 am #

    I am enjoying GOD today and HE is enjoying me! I feel like a bird singing HIS praises!

  8. Anita September 18, 2012 at 11:55 am #

    I am (and will continue) enjoying God today, he is enjoying me!

  9. Kim September 18, 2012 at 12:06 pm #

    I’m enjoying God today and He’s enjoying me! I am so excited to be a child of God today and everyday!

  10. Trasonya September 18, 2012 at 12:18 pm #

    “I’m enjoying God today…and He’s enjoying me.”

  11. Christine September 18, 2012 at 12:38 pm #

    I am enjoying God today…and He’s enjoying me!

  12. Justine September 18, 2012 at 1:05 pm #

    I am enjoying God today and He is enjoying me! Praise Jesus! Love Justine 🙂

  13. Vinette September 18, 2012 at 1:15 pm #

    i will and am enjoying God today. God Bless you all and have a nice day.

  14. Terri September 18, 2012 at 1:22 pm #

    “I’m enjoying God today…and He’s enjoying me.”
    LOVE all the GIG daily devotionals!!! They help me every day…..

  15. Nancy Beneteau September 18, 2012 at 1:25 pm #

    Hi Sharon, hope on over to my blog today. My poem will show just how much I am Loving God today. Despite my adventures in emerg last night I have found the goodness in it. Take a look!

  16. Helen Murray September 18, 2012 at 1:30 pm #

    Oh yes! Beautiful rainbow in the sky this morning and a palm cross on the seat of the car next to me as I parked earlier on. A blue, blue sky and apples on the trees out of my window. My five year old dancing along under her Winnie-the-Pooh umbrella. God is good, all the time. I’m trying to learn now to join all my glory-moments together more and feel His presence in the between times too.
    Thankyou.

  17. Lauren September 18, 2012 at 1:33 pm #

    I’m enjoying GOD today…and He’s enjoying ME!!

  18. Erica J September 18, 2012 at 1:39 pm #

    I’m enjoying God today… and He’s enjoying me! Hallelujah!

  19. Monica September 18, 2012 at 2:09 pm #

    “I’m enjoying God today and He is enjoying me.”

  20. Karen September 18, 2012 at 2:19 pm #

    I’m enjoying God today..and He’s enjoying me! I feel especially full of joy today!

  21. Susan September 18, 2012 at 2:21 pm #

    I’m enoying GOD today…..and HE is enjoying me!!!!!!

  22. Esther September 18, 2012 at 3:23 pm #

    Today is a new day in which I know God is enjoying me and I am enjoying Him, because I decided that my wings will grow bigger and stronger to reach as high as He allows me to, and not only get my blessings but to turn my blessed life into a contagious one; for everyone to experience the joy of a life in Him.

  23. Pam Weeks September 18, 2012 at 3:46 pm #

    I am enjoying God today… and He is enjoying me! PTL God is so awesome!!!

  24. Wanda September 18, 2012 at 3:54 pm #

    I am enjoying God today. Amen

  25. Abigail September 18, 2012 at 4:26 pm #

    I’m enjoying God today! AND HE is enjoying me! 😀

  26. Missy September 18, 2012 at 4:39 pm #

    I am enjoying God today and he is enjoying me!!! 🙂

  27. Lillie September 18, 2012 at 5:09 pm #

    I am enjoying God today…….and He is enjoying me!!! Praise The Lord!! Thank you! I needed this. God Bless You!

  28. Brenda September 18, 2012 at 5:52 pm #

    Sharon,

    Do you ever feel like you have failed so many times that God is tired of you? I have two grown son and I love them to death, but when they fail I catch myself saying “I knew you wouldn’t come through” and I think about God and wonder if he feels that way about me. Since January of this year, I’ve made a lot of good steps to serve God better, but there are days when I fail to read my bible and do my bible study. I started out tithing with 25.00 and God blessed me with a pay increase close to that amount and I felt like God was saying don’t you trust me enough to pay your full 10%. So I then started my 10% and I’ve had blessing. When I found out I had termites in the past I would cry and say what am I going to do. Instead I got estimates, went the one I could afford and made payment arragements. I just feel at times Satan is trying to discourage me. I try to smile all the time, but I will admit somedays I may be smiling on the outside, but I feel so discouraged on the inside. I really enjoy my GIG emails and I love how they go along with my life. Somedays it goes hand in hand with my bible study or something that was talked about at church or sunday school. God is so good!

  29. Kim September 18, 2012 at 6:23 pm #

    I’ve been in a bad space, mentally and spiritually for a couple of weeks, but today I am enjoyinh God and He is enjoying me!!!! And I am grateful for that aha moment!!!!

  30. Lauren September 18, 2012 at 6:34 pm #

    I’m enjoying God today and He is enjoying me!

  31. Deb September 18, 2012 at 6:47 pm #

    Merriment is a wonderful word! I so agree with you that we, of all people, have the best reason to show and share joy! I am printing this article to take along on a women’s retreat this weekend that is exactly this theme, experiencing God every moment of every day. Thank you!

    • Sharon September 18, 2012 at 9:41 pm #

      That sounds like a retreat I would looooove to be at. I love speaking on experiencing God’s presence on a daily basis1

  32. Maureen Barnett September 18, 2012 at 7:49 pm #

    I am enjoying God today and He is enjoying me! It is stormy weather here in NC, but sunny in my spirit! Praying for my husband’s amputation of his left leg tomorrow below the knee, that this will be the last surgery and he receives his complete healing and deliverance from Diabetes! Thank you for your Ministry! God Bless You today and always!

    • Tyler September 19, 2012 at 2:26 am #

      Praying for you guys!!

  33. Nancy September 18, 2012 at 10:56 pm #

    I am enjoying God today and he is enjoying me! I so enjoy the devotions each day and look forward to reading them! God bless you always!

  34. Rossana September 18, 2012 at 11:16 pm #

    Dear Sharon,
    I want to thank you for the great ministry you have here. Your words were what my heart needed to hear today. Yes! I can’t allow the busyness and noise of my day cloud up who I truly am in my Savior, Jesus. He is right there for me and I know that by His grace, He also empowers me to spend unhurried time enjoying His precious life-giving presence. May God continue to bless you and your whole team!

  35. Tyler September 19, 2012 at 2:25 am #

    I’m enjoying God today, and He is enjoying me!!! It is amazing to see all of the beautiful things He does in our lives. We must simply open our eyes to His glory in order to see the beauty of the Earth and the people in it!

  36. Teresa Rolen September 19, 2012 at 5:35 am #

    “I’m enjoying God today…and He’s enjoying me.” I’m enjoying God’s loving touch in the healing & strengthening of my shoulder after a Total Shoulder Replacement! He is so good! After 22 years of my Nursing career, I was diagnosed with Osteoarthritis in my left hip requiring a total replacement , then shortly after that it spread to my knees & left shoulder. Taking the worst first, the shoulder was done in July & now my left knee is in desperately. At the onset of this, I felt as though God was punishing me but now I strongly feel He was going to set my priorities since I had fought Him & ran from Him “pursuing my career” & shutting Him out of my life completely, but I always felt Him tugging at my heart. Throughout this recovering phase & the GIG Devotionals, I am learning to love & truly enjoy God, His Word, my family & myself !!! Thank you Sharon, Gwen & Mary, my Girlfriends in God! Love you &.God Bless!!-

  37. Claire September 19, 2012 at 6:30 am #

    I am enjoying God and He is enjoying me! this is a great and wonderful revelation to realize that we are children of the Most High GOD is reason enough to be happy and joyous no wonder the psalmist who knew the secret says, “Rejoice and again i say rejoice” it is also an act of faith to expect more form GOD.. the more you expect of Him the more He reveals Himself to you and the less you expect the less you receive! i am blessed of the Lord today 🙂

  38. Pavla September 19, 2012 at 7:29 am #

    I am enjoying God today and He is enjoying me! I decide to believe this TRUTH today.
    Thank you, Sharon, for remembering me HE is the reason!

  39. Leona September 21, 2012 at 7:09 pm #

    I am enjoying God and he is enjoying me.Thank you Jesus! Thank you Sharon for encouraging us and reminding us God loves us

  40. Celicia September 22, 2012 at 4:00 pm #

    Woke up feeling a little down today…. looked over this devotional and at once the truth that you reminded us of set in. thank you Sharon for your excellent reminder of how much we have in Christ. I am enjoying God today and He is enjoying me! No more frowns, Merry Today!

  41. Maria Olson September 24, 2012 at 8:24 pm #

    God’s Beauties today~ Beautiful Sunshine~ warmth. “Me without you” song. 1 piece of banana cream pie left 😮 Someone called me for an order! I caught the mail carrier before she was gone!

  42. Sharon Newmann September 25, 2012 at 1:42 pm #

    Sharon, thanks for making me aware of looking at what God gives me to enjoy and points me to HIM, my Creator God. I had a lovely dahlia given to me on the 16th this month and it was so gorgeous, I couldn’t believe it! Then I remembered what you said about those “glory moments” and I thanked and praised the Lord for giving me that gift, which lasted a whole week! I had a merry feeling in my heart, every time I looked at it!
    Sharon N.

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