Where do you find your joy?

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At an event, I had the pleasure of hosting a table that focused on joy. I asked passersby to write on a flipchart where they found their joy.

To my delight, the first person stopped, smiled, and wrote “Jesus.” Most wrote, “grandchildren” and “family.”

Some struggled to think of something that brought them joy.

I watched men and women take the pen, smile, and write about their joy. Some giggled and hugged their friends or spouses. Children grabbed the pen from their mothers and proudly noted their joy.

They pointed to the hearts and scribbles that others had written and smiled at each other.

There was something special about writing on this communal memorial to joy.

My prayer

Father, thank You that You have set joy before Your children in abundance. Help us to spread Your joy to others and to revel in the joy in Your hand and the joy set before us. We love You, Lord.

Where do you find your joy?

Enjoy the pleasure of God’s company

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Dutch Sheets addresses a much-needed subject for today’s busy Christian in The Pleasure of His Company. Sheets walks the reader through the Bible to examine followers like David, Joshua, Paul, Jesus, and even Samson. Throughout the book of short meditations, he peppers his writing with practical, everyday applications, many times stemming from his relationships and marriage.

Sheets ends each devotion with a prayer focused upon the Scriptures covering the chapter’s topic. He lists the Scriptures at the end of the prayer, so that the reader can look them up and meditate upon them further.

Sheets reminds the reader that if we set ourselves apart unto God, holiness will follow. This “setting apart” is not convenient or inexpensive,  but the pleasure of hearing God’s heart serves as a catalyst that creates a hunger for more intimacy.

The Pleasure of His Company came to me at just the right time to make a meaningful impact on my life. I was able to look at my relationships and apply the principles he addressed. I plan to purchase multiple copies of this book to give away.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group, in exchange for my honest review.

My prayer for you

Father, thank You for always being there for us. Bless, we pray, Dutch Sheets. Thank You for the pleasure of Your company. Teach us to wait upon You and rest in Your presence.