Counting our blessings fosters a spirit of joy. Simple gifts are all around if we open our eyes to notice them. Think of the pleasantness of the rain as you are falling asleep. Think of the smell of honeysuckle as you drive in the summer with the windows down. Think of waking us and holding hands with your best friend. Think of coffee ground fresh each morning. Think of reading a favorite verse from childhood only to discover new, profound truth. John Piper speaks to working at relationships in his book, Don’t Waste Your Life when he asserted, "If you live gladly to make others glad in God, your life will be hard, your risks will be high, and your joy will be full." 

Work at giving joy to others. Take risks. Also, considering the affection that God communicates through tangible hugs which creates immense thankfulness. Slow. Contemplate. Unearth. Find JOY in your everyday.

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