Encouraging Words Wednesday and a Link Up












Several years ago I read the book Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren.

I loved it the first time I read it and so I decided to read it again.

Let me just say if you haven’t read it please do so immediately and

if it has been a while it’s certainly worth reading again.

Yesterday I read chapter 9 and I love the points Rick Warren made:

What Makes God Smile?

1. God smiles when we love him supremely.

“I don’t want your sacrifices—I want your love; I don’t want your offerings—-I want you to know me.”  Hosea 6:6

God wants a relationship with us!

2. God smiles when we trust him completely.

“He takes pleasure in those that honor Him; in those who trust in His constant love” Psalm 147:11

What have you done lately to show you trust Him?

3. God smiles when we obey him wholeheartedly.

“We please God by what we do and not only by what we believe.” James 2:24

We are saved by grace, but it brings pleasure to your heavenly father when you obey him.

4. God smiles when we praise and thank him continually.

“The righteous are glad and rejoice in his presence; they are happy and shout for joy.” Psalm 68:3

When is the last time you thanked him for all the blessings in your life?

5. God smiles when we use our abilities.

“The steps of the godly are directed by the LORD. He delights in every detail of their lives.”  Psalm 37:23

Every activity, except sin, can be done for God’s pleasure.

~What are you going to do today to make God smile?~


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Now it’s time for Encouraging Words Wednesday Linky Party!

We all need encouragement so each Wednesday I’m having a linky party.

If you have a post on marriage, parenting, faith, or anything that will encourage us then join in!

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  1. Another wonderful post! Keep up the good work I know you are making God smile through your work here. Thank you for blessing my heart and so many others!

  2. Just the thought of making God smile makes me smile. I think for me, simply the act of smiling, enjoying my life, living the abundant life God died to give me, with total and complete enJOYment would bring a smile to God’s face. Sadly, I don’t always walk in the fullness of joy.
    Thanks for this post. I have also read Purpose Drive Life, but I am probably due for a refresher!
    Thanks for letting us link up! 🙂

  3. I heard a sermon on Joy of the Lord is my strength. The more we do to bring Joy to God the more strength we find. These five smile-makers actually gives US strength.

  4. Thank you for linking up to my link up! You have a beautiful blog and it looks like we agree on a lot of things! I will enjoy reading your posts and what you are learning.

    Happy new follower!

  5. Love this picture of you. You are just so lovely! 🙂

    I read Purpose Driven Life about six years ago, but honestly, I didn’t put my all into it. I need to read it again! Thank you for the encouragement!