Day 4: For the Joy

My favorite bench at our local forest, taken 26 June 2022, where I chose to obey my God’s prompting to lay aside my new devotional habit till later, to instead pen a card for dear friends. As I wrote for the pure joy of doing so, God’s Word flowed out of me and touched my own heart with the warmth of His Presence and my devotional time later, was even richer because of it.

How lovely is your dwelling place, O LORD of hosts!

Psalm 84:1 ESV

Today, I bless us to seek and find the wide open spaces of God’s grace for us. I bless us to rejoice and rest in Christ’s good and pleasant boundary lines for us. I bless us to awake to the childlike faith that is ours in Christ Jesus, to open our eyes in awe and wonder to the much higher plans and purposes of our God. I bless us to lay down our fear of man for a newborn faith in our God. Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

Write for the joy
You tell me
And oh the joy
I taste and see
Right here.

In Your
Boundary lines
Safe and sound
I find my heart
Singing now

In unison
My breathing
Slowing to
Yielded in Spirit

And truth
To reveal
Your mercy
Comfort and
Steadfast love

My eyes
To see through
As You do

My heart
Bound together
In love
In the fear

Of the LORD
Awaking awe
And wonder
A childlike
Faith in me

Stirring me
To celebrate
Your sovereign
Power in love's
Perfecting grace

My weakness
The key
In Your hand
The door

To sup with You
For the joy
Of Your reward
And deliverance

In Jesus' Name.


  1. I love this:

    “Write for the joy
    You tell me
    And oh the joy
    I taste and see
    Right here.

    In Your
    Boundary lines
    Safe and sound
    I find my heart
    Singing now”

    Yes, may I listen to Him speak those words to my heart also!


    1. I believe you (and I both) have heard Him speak those Words to you (us) through the three in the fire with Jesus this morning- now may He birth that Word of JOY in us both, even as we step into that fire with Him to give Him alone the honor, the glory and the power, releasing the outcome fully into His hands. I will have to send you what Ann Voskamp shared today about the peace offering being a detaching from the lesser things to draw nearer to God – much like Hannah asking God for a child but also vowing she would give that child back to Him. So: Papa: help us both to let go of the lesser things now, to draw near to You now as we take eat with You of the peace offering/sacrifice together.


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