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Permission to Enjoy: Reflections from a Saltwater Cowgirl

by Allie Marie Smith

Print by Mae Chevrette

Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice. (Phillippians 4:4)

What is our chief purpose in life? This famous question presented in the Westminster Shorter Catechism is answered with profound simplicity:

To glorify God, and to enjoy Him forever.

Most of us girls are well aware of the first part of our purpose. But how often do we intentionally enjoy God with total whimsy and absolute abandon? Like, really, completely, fully enjoy God?

The good and perfect gifts God provides come in two forms – physical (or common grace) blessings and spiritual blessings.

The other day I went horseback riding on ocean bluffs and galloped through canyons, picked wild avocados and surfed tiny waves on a giant red longboard. As a girl who has had my dark days and darker nights, I sometimes feel guilty to have such good days. And sometimes the fear that something horrible is going to happen to ruin it all robs me of joy in the moment.

Me on my ride.

While the physical blessings of that day were momentous, it was the spiritual blessing of being clothed in peace that surpasses all understanding that really made me overflow with joy.

So go ahead – intentionally, purposefully and ridiculously enjoy God today. You have His permission.

What physical and spiritual blessings make you most enjoy God?

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