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Monday, July 20, 2009

my heart is smiling today

my heart is smiling today!

i have been enjoying a sweet time with the Lord. i am feeling a sense of joy and happiness deep in my heart that doesn't seem to be coming from any outside source in my life. several times, i have caught myself smiling, but not the kind of smile that you see on a person's face. it is an inside-the-heart kind of smile. when i recognized it with my conscious thoughts, i looked to see what was the reason behind my heart smiling today?

was it my toddler son playing in the yard? well, that always gives me a smile. but it is the kind on my face.

was it my girls playing in the pool next door? i can hear them laughing and playing well together. that is wonderful too. but that is not it.

was it talking with my son about his day and reminding him to listen to the Spirit of God within Him as He goes out today? i love that too. but "no" it is something else.

was it my husband calling and telling me he is coming home for lunch? another wonderful part of my day, but that is not it either.

my life seems to be in order and that would cause a person to be happy and content. but, i could tell that this joy in my heart was not the result of any of those things. it is an inner joy that only could be produced by fellowship with God.

I have experienced this before. but, then, i think that i came to the conclusion that God was about to do something really wonderful in my life and that must be what is making me feel this sense of joy and a little excitement inside. like maybe my spirit was excited because God was about to bless me with something really good. when i look back now, i think that i may have missed what God was saying and doing in me. He was revealing and manifesting His presence deep in my heart and soul. that very place of fellowship, by itself, is pure pleasure (Psalm 16:11). i was experiencing the kind of joy that passes all understanding, a stirring of His Spirit within mine. i did not realize before that it does not have anything to do with what is going on in my life all around me or what is about to happen. it is about the "now" of Who God is and enjoying the benefits of my union with God that Jesus provided for me. this is the place that God desired to have with us all along. His presence alone plus nothing brings a smile to my heart and touches the depth of my soul.

my heart is smiling today!

29 comments:

Angela said...

amen amen amen sis...

I too had that experience today..I was sitting on the grass today with the daycare children. 11 month old, 2 year old, 2 and half, and two three year olds...ALL of them gibber gabbering away to me,,The wee one was on my lap, the next two were sitting in the buggy pretending to be babies, while the baby was their mother,LOL..The two older where playing chase..I just felt such a sense of peace, EVEN in the midst of all of this,,I was so overcome by it, and KNEW it was God's presence, His anointing resting upon me, giving me the strength to love, to bask in HIS love and just enjoy this moment, right now. I closed my eyes a few times, raised my head to the sky and just smiled. Smiled to my Father...SIGH....just makes me want to cry typing this...

Heart2Heart said...

Christy,

I feel so blessed that you shared this personal moment with us. What an incredible moment throughout your day that you have experienced God's joy in your life.

Hold on to that feeling as long as you can and remember all the details!

Don't you just love it when hubbies come home for lunch? It's such a great surprise!

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

momstheword said...

Amen. Sometimes, in the midst of a difficult time, it amazes me how you can truly feel joy. Not just peace, but joy, because you know, you KNOW that you cannot go it alone.

And you know that He is there with you, and that suffering is for a purpose, to make you more like Him. It's not just going thru difficulties for no purpose.

I love that He makes all things new, just like it says!

Mich said...

Smiling with you right now.

Daveda said...

Christy, I love this post. It is a wonderful thing to have such joy and peace, contentment, on the inside for no other reason than He loves me. He is here with me. he will never leave me. a smile on the inside for sure :)

rcubes said...

I think it's only the start of "future, more smiles" as His will is revealed in your heart! Joy is His gift and it's a neat "out of this world" feeling and knowledge that no matter what goes on outside, we have that immense joy inside. We are not startled. We are not moved. Just joyful and contented knowing that there is a faithful love from Someone that endures. God bless.

Andrea said...

Smiling with you. My younger cousin just found out the baby she is carrying is a girl. They have tried for a couple of years to conceive. She told me today they are leaning toward my middle name for the baby's middle name. I was overwhelmed with emotion. My day had started on a down...needless to say...my heart is definitely smiling, now.

Blessings, andrea

Loren said...

Christy,

What a beautiful gift and day the Lord has given you! You know He desires for us to see, to experience this and sooo much more but don't you know He loves it when we take the time TO EXPERIENCE AND KNOW it within!!

I too felt Him with me today as I traveled. The enemy was against me starting last night and I mean ANYTHING that could try and steal my joy and set in fear came at me but around 3 today I texted my husband and said I could feel the Lord with me and I had such a peace and an assurance that ONLY could be from HIM! I arrived back in Florida today and it was so hard leaving my kids and husband but know I am where the Lord wants me.

Thankyou for sharing your day with the Lord and His love, His joy, His overwhelming adoration!
You are such a treasure!

love and blessings!

Mocha Momma said...

You are blessed to be a blessing! Thanks for sharing that today.

It is wonderful that you truly get close to God and listen and experience His enormity and awesomness. Oooooooh gives me chills!

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I've been so busy lately I haven't been around much.
Take care,
Nannette

Darcie said...

Chrisy Rose,

I am so glad you stopped by my blog and left a comment. I am always glad to get to know others in the blogging world, especially those that have a love of things that are beyond anything here on earth.

You had such a lovely post today, and it is so true the happiness and joy we feel that comes from the Lord is so unexplainable, but so real, and it is felt so deeply.

Adeye said...

Oh to just BE in His presence. Nothing sweeter in the world. That is JUST where He wants us--but I forget too often. I forget to just sit at His feet. Just to Be...not to come with my questions, my prayers, my fears, my concerns--just to sit at His feet, in His beautiful presence. How glorious. What a beautiful reminder, friend.

God's girl said...

Amen and amen! I love it when that happens:) Well, I'm here to deliver some good news...(drum roll please)

YOU ARE THE WINNER OF MY GIVE-A-WAY!

Stop by my blog:) Be blessed!

Heaven

Alicia, The Snowflake said...

Oh what a great post! It's so nice to just be in His presence...not expecting anything, just soaking Him up. I pray you are having a great day today as well!

Sweet Blessings said...

Beautiful! Blessings to you! Amanda:)

Robyn said...

Thank you for stopping by my blog, I hope to get to know you better soon. What a beautiful post and a beautiful day the Lord has given you!

C.C. and Double T said...

Thank you for stopping by my place. I would be honored if you would pray for me. Looking forward to getting to know you more...

alan pardoe said...

His peace and joy. To you and on your loved one's Gods blessing.

Karen said...

Beautiful reflections on true joy that only comes from above...have a blessed day!

chili pepper said...

I love those days...when I have my act together, put aside the fluff and am walking in communion with my God. Then I can feel Him in every part of my being as He intended. There aren't enough days to ever be enough of those.

Tammy On the Go said...

so blessed to know you...

Wendy @ All in a Day's Thought said...

What a beautiful perspective...your very first sentence, "i have been enjoying a sweet time with the Lord." Amen!
~ Wendy

~*Michelle*~ said...

Oh how I love to read the joy that God showers!!!!!! I smiled through this whole post.

blessings~
*~Michelle~*

Hope said...

Dear Christy Rose,

How good God is to show us His bountiful love. I know what kind of joy you are speaking of…deep down and bubbling up joy.

Happy Wednesday!
♥Hope

Warren Baldwin said...

You have such a touch and feel for relationships. I think what you were experiencing is God's blessing on you for orienting your life toward people, particularly your family. Isn't this what a great part of the hope and promise of heaven will be, pure joy in the presence of people who we love, who love us, and who love the Father? God may not have been preparing your for some big thing; he was allowing you to enjoy the BIG THING already going on in your life: peace and joy in your key relationships. Do you know how many people on this earth are crying out for that? God's blessing for obedience - peace.

(Note: my current post is on "hanging in there" when the peace isn't present. Please visit if you get a chance).

Great post.

wb

Darcie said...

~smile~ Yes, I did marry my first boyfriend...the hard part now is reminding myself not to worry about my oldest as she starts getting ready to date(she is almost 16), that she is not going to marry the first boy she dates. Most likely anyway...hopefully not...I don't sound like a worried mom about this whole impending dating thing, do I?

Under the Florida Sun said...

Hi Christy Rose!
Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and leaving such a sweet comment.

My blog is a hodge podge of stuff. I enjoy doing Book Reviews and have lately gotten many opportunities to review products. It's a lot of fun.

I try to share about my regular life too, but it's not all that exciting right now.. LOL.. so I just ad lib where I can.

You have a beautiful blog here and such a sweet spirit.

Hope to be back by to visit soon!

Linda said...

There have been times in my life when I thought there would never be joy again. But the Father gives us a joy that has nothing to do with what is going on around us. You describe it so very well.

Alleluiabelle said...

Dear Christy,

What a beautiful post. I was smiling along with you sweet sister. Yes, "His presence alone plus nothing brings a smile to my heart and touches the depth of my soul." I know that feeling well and it's absolutely all consuming and so breathtakingly awesome, isn't it? Oh the love that He has for us brings an instant warmth and deep tenderness to my soul.

Thank you for sharing such an awesome day filled with tender loving heart smiles that can only be divinely delivered in such a way from Him.

I also thank you for your continued friendship, visits to my site and prayer support for my husband and myself. You are truly a beautiful person inside and out!

Love, Peace, Blessings & Hugs,
Alleluiabelle

Mocha Momma said...

Letterboxing mostly requires a desire for a litle adventure and finding treasure.

I bought my rubber stamp. I don't make much of anything myself.

It was nice having my friend take us to show us how to do it, but you can do it.

I still like this post!
Great blog you've created here.
Have a nice weekend,
Nannette