Sarah Markley
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I'm the mother of two little girls, the wife of an amazing husband who'd rather play the guitar than anything else and I love to write. I spend my weekends watching my daughters ride horses and play soccer. I blog daily and my greatest wish is to see women healed...

(in)side DaySpring: things we love
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things we love
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  1. Thank you…I needed to read this today. I know that love is a choice, but I never thought about joy being a choice too. It makes sense and gives hope because I can choose God over my feelings.

  2. This really made a difference in my morning. Especially the line, “I have to be honest and say that I don’t have that kind of joy today. But I remember what it feels like.” Thank you so much for sharing!

  3. I have to admit that I don’t have that kind of joy these days either. And for exactly the reason you named….I’m not really choosing to in spite of my circumstances. It’s been easier lately to just push aside my need to get my heart right and keep it that way and instead just wallow in the misery of everything that’s going wrong. Which of course just ends up making things so much worse!
    Thank you for this post today. It was a blessing and an encouragement. Because I know deep down that it’s true.

  4. Due to certain circumstances, many times I have felt that my joy has been stolen from me, but after reading your post, I am beginning to believe that maybe, just maybe, my joy has not been stolen from me, but instead hidden from me and from those who are closest to me. It is up to me to earnestly search for it…to cherish it….to safeguard it. Thank you for your post….it was truly moving.

  5. I think you are right. I went through a difficult time when I was angry with the Lord and couldn’t even pray. I thought there would never be joy in my life again. In time, I was able to surrender the circumstances to Him; to walk back to the only place I could really be. To my surprise there was not just that peace that passes understanding – there was joy. The circumstances had not changed, but my heart had.
    Thank you for this beautiful, honest devotional.

  6. I think your right when you say joy is not as simple as a choice. It IS hard work – it does come with the emptying out of the yuck of sin and the filling up with God’s mercy. I love how you said “it comes with the discipline of waking up each morning and handing over a selfish life to God who desires selflessness… an overflowing of a heart that walks in close intimacy with a creator” When I am in this discipline, I DO have joy – even in the chaos and unfairness of life. Because my joy is in something beyond myself and beyond this “now”. And that is hopeful.