Alexander Maclaren: A buoyant, joyous sense

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And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28

“Do not let the empty cup be your first teacher of the blessings you had when it was full. Do not let a hard place here and there in the bed destroy your rest. Seek, as a plain duty, to cultivate a buoyant, joyous sense of the crowded kindnesses of God in your daily life.”

Alexander Maclaren in Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers, compiled by Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert (New York: Wilbur B. Ketcham, 1895) 290.

This statement really caught my attention when I read it. I need to cultivate “a buoyant, joyous sense of the crowded kindnesses of God” in my daily life.

To do so, I am sitting and reflecting and making a list of the crowded kindnesses of God. I must marinate in the truth that He is always working for my good.

The words “buoyant” and “joyous” give me so much hope. They remind me that God will lift me out of hard places and restore joy to my soul.

This action took my mind to Psalm 40. Meditate on it with me and find encouragement and a “buoyant, joyous sense” for your journey of generosity.