I breeze through some books, while others I chew on while I read. One that I've been reading since July is Freedom of Simplicity by Richard Foster.
Since I had a few free minutes on Sunday, I lay in the hammock behind our house and absorbed some goodness. Foster is talking about the beauty of obedience in simplicity, and he says this, "Joy, not grit, is the hallmark of holy obedience...It is a cheerful revolt against self and pride....Utter abandonment to God is done freely and with celebration...Hold this work lightly, joyfully."
Living in a different culture, working in an environment where I always feel weak, sometimes I think it's only through sheer grit that I will survive. But since I'm obeying God in being here, I need to remember that God has already filled me with His joy. In obeying Him, I should be the most joyful. Lord, help me to find strength in Your joy today.