Embrace the Blessings


Most of us recognize joy as that emotion that rises up inside of us when we are experiencing happiness. Most of the time we recognize joy when we laugh out loud, or when life has given us an unexpected surprise. Merriam-Webster’s definition of joy is:  ‘the emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires’. A synonym for joy is blessedness.

Recognize the real joy in your every day life. There does not have to be a specific moment or event for us to experience joy. Joy is in appreciating our well-being, our successes, our blessedness, and the good fortune that God has given you.  Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s Will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 THESSALONIANS 5:16

Today is the perfect opportunity to recognize God’s blessedness and joy in your life. Wake up and see the wonder of God’s creation! Recognize the beauty that surrounds you as you walk along, drive along, or simply look out the window. God has given us a special gift…the world and all that is in it. You may grumble and complain at times…the weather is not always what you want it to be…the traffic frustrates you…or your office walls may depress you at times. But wherever you are, whatever you are doing, there is beauty and joy…if you simply open up your eyes and recognize it. Take off the negative blinders that we tend to wear when life is difficult. Take a look around you, and find the beauty in your environment. If you have the ability to see…to be mobile…to have freedom…and to speak openly…you are more blessed than a great percentage of the underprivileged world. The reality is, you have many blessings to be thankful for. Embrace the blessings and receive the joy.

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever. PSALM 107:1

He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end. I know that there is nothing better for men than to be happy and do good while they live. That everyone may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all his toil – this is the gift of God. I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that men will revere Him. ECCLESIASTES 3:11-14

God is with us.

© Layla Freeman 2017
Author of HOPE IN THE STRUGGLE and Layla’s Light 
All Rights Reserved 
P.O. Box 669 Claremore, OK 74018 
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Layla’s Devotional Book available for purchase at the following: 

Hope in the Struggle – $9.95 

AMAZON – Hope In the Struggle – https://www.amazon.com/Layla-Freeman/e/B01M0VNTIM

Another Chapter Bookstore – 9455 N Owasso Expressway, Owasso, OK 74055

Cozy Cottage Store – 518 W Will Rogers Blvd, Claremore, OK 74017

She Brews Coffee Houses – Claremore, OK  (Downtown & within The Vessel)

Stonebrook Day Spa – 1875 N Old Hwy 66 A, Catoosa, OK 74015

One thought on “Embrace the Blessings

    Thank you layla for this BLESSED MESSAGE…


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