What Brings Your Soul Joy?

The question seems so simple, right? “What brings your soul joy?” We often interchange that question with a similar one, “What things do you enjoy?” Sometimes we are asked in casual conversation, maybe in an interview or possibly as we’re meeting someone new.

And if you’re like me, you give some expected response, “I love spending time with my family, I enjoy running and I enjoy doing door-to-door school fundraisers.” And we feel satisfied with that.

Well, spoiler alert… I love my children and husband, 100% of my joy isn’t found in our togetherness. And running… here it is, I love the feeling I have AFTER I run. I barely like it, much less find joy in it. And door-to-door school fundraisers, well if I’m saying the things I’m supposed to, I figured I’d toss this one in too.

But let’s be clear on what I’m asking, what brings you JOY… authentic, soul-filling joy? Joy within you, as designed by God, independent of the world. Joy that makes you feel close to God because he wrote it on your soul.

Do you even know the answer? Well joy seekers… get your coffee, this topic has been on my mind for quite some time. I’m digging in, searching for answers {would love your comments} and am chasing joy. Because Jesus didn’t create me to live in mediocrity. He wants me to know my joy and live it. And here’s how the story goes…

Sometime between my early 20’s and adulting, I actually lost track of those things that brought me personal joy. That kind of joy where I felt close to God, that joy which was dependent on understanding God’s stamp on my unique spirit. I suppose it happened over time. As life took over, society influenced my existence, parenting became a priority and professional expectations increased, I shifted my understanding of joy. Instead of maintaining my uniquely designed love for art projects, sidewalk chalk, song writing and listening to music while at a coffee shop {it’s important you understand this means sitting still, sipping coffee and listening to music – not doing these things while multi-tasking), I left them behind. And before I knew it, I couldn’t fill an hour of time doing something I loved.

It wasn’t long ago that I asked myself this question and fortunately I realized, it’s still there. Despite the time which had passed, it hasn’t disappeared. I’d imagine it will be the same for you. We’ve just navigated our busy lives to a place that we no longer see it easily. And so we’ve replaced it with fillers that bring us joy – some healthy {and part of God’s plan}, some necessary and some less than ideal. But as children of God, it’s good to know joy that derives from the Holy Spirit and connects us directly to a joy between you and God.

Remember, you are worthy of a life of joy. You were designed with it in you. It’s yours to discover and Jesus wants to inspire you to live that joy. And once we find that joy within ourselves, it becomes intrinsically important as we are called by Christ to be disciples. I’m telling you, we are best prepared to share the Joy of Jesus with the world when we have found His Joy in ourselves. To fulfill the joyful purpose God intends for us, we have to know our personal joy.

So I encourage you to dig deep, find that joy. The fulfilling joy planted within your soul. The joy that somehow, feels selfish to feed. Yet the joy that makes you feel close to God because He designed you with it inside. Find it and unleash it. You’re worth it.

So my friends, “What brings your soul joy?”

Do that.

Relevant Scripture: “I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.” John 15:11

Heavenly Father, I first thank you for the many blessings which surround me and contribute to my joy. Lord, help me to specifically find those joy-giving gifts You wrote on my heart before I was born. Help me to feel worthy of re-engaging with those joys that draw me near to you. In Your name, Amen.

Author: Carrie Kiekhaefer

I'm Carrie Kiekhaefer and I'm passionate about finding and reflecting JOY in this life. Unfortunately, I know a lot can get in the way of that JOY. Life is messy and complicated. I'm here as a messy child of God, a natural encourager, a blogger, a coach and a designer to help you navigate through the mess. With relevant scripture, a relationship with Jesus and some honest blogs we can find, let's discover and reflect His Joy - together.

4 thoughts on “What Brings Your Soul Joy?

  1. Undeniably so true. Age, circumstance, situation… all of it changes the “joys” as we go through life, but how my soul find joy, is mine. This blog spoke crazy perfect… now I should “do that”!
    Thank you for this reminder. Thank you for using what God undeniably gifted you to feed me!

    1. Heather! Thanks for the generous shout out. ? You’re so right… life changes. That’s how God intends for our journeys to unfold. And we should embrace it. But we dont have to lose the soul-moving, personal joy which God stamped on our hearts. They should live in harmony with one another.

      Remember, you’re worth taking the time to find and rekindle that joy {Jesus and I agree}. Go sit quietly, reminisce and then “do that.”

      Love and joy, C.

  2. I think for much of my life I thought that joys were synonymical with “things I’m good at”. And then, when _____ didn’t bring me joy, I felt guilt/shame. I’ve realized that just because you’re good at something, doesn’t necessarily mean it’s what God gifted you with to bring you joy. It took me years to realize that talents/skills alone doesn’t define His calling for me. The authentic, soulful joy that you speak of I think combines so many things. My joys: cooking. asking questions. listening. And bigass hugs.
    Thanks for getting me thinking!
    Love you,

    1. Heidi! This angle is so insightful. I absolutely love it. Authentic, soulful joy is something that we should all know and understand. It’s so imperative to our faith walk, to be able to connect with God and feel the joy He has created within us. So often we travel our days finding joy in things we’re good at. That’s not the joy He’s calling us to feel, it’s deeper and more connected that that. It’s the joy where we feel Him deep in our soul. Here’s to throwing the ball back in my court – I’ll be digesting your thoughts in the days to come. Thanks for being you… and for matching me in the uncomfortably long hug contest. Love you back! C.

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