exuberant rejoicing

by Mary Stout
Watch what God does, and then you do it, like children who learn proper behavior from their parents. Mostly what God does is love you. Keep company with him and learn a life of love. Observe how Christ loved us. His love was not cautious but extravagant. He didn’t love in order to get something from us but to give everything of himself to us. Love like that. (Ephesians 5:1‭-‬2, MSG)
The other night I went grocery shopping and when I came out of the store I heard this voice calling my name. It was my granddaughter who was leaning out of the car waving her hands wildly, beckoning me to come to her. 
As I reached the car, she hopped out and gave me a giant hug and said, “Oh how I missed you and love you so much!” She was filled with joy and enthusiasm to see me. My heart smiled as she hugged me. 
I had not been gone for an hour from the house. Still, her exuberance at seeing me was a beautiful expression of her love for me. She certainly was rejoicing.
That is precisely what the Father wants us to do. He wants us to emulate him in our daily walk. He shows us how to with exuberant love. Each moment of your life is met with the Lord rejoicing over you!
“For the Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.” (Zephaniah 3:17 NLT)
Let us rejoice every moment of our lives, giving thanks to the One who rejoices over us. 
Prayer: Father thank you for loving us and being our rock in every situation of our lives. Help us to remember to give you thanks and praise you as we go through each day. Give us your Divine vision so we may see with our eyes the miracle of extravagant generosity you have given us. In Jesus name, Amen

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