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Sarah Mae has a past that would be her present if it weren’t for Jesus. A blogger, author, and co-author of Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe, she’s currently writing The Complicated Heart, a book for broken-hearted lovers of Jesus. Learn more at @thecomplicatedheart on Instagram or...

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  1. Sarah Mae,
    Oh how I can relate to your post. Post surgery anesthesia effects left me without the ability to smell or taste….it was awful. I remember crying because I couldn’t sense the mellow chocolate notes in my coffee. There was no pleasure in eating. Periods of depression have robbed me of the ability to take joy in my children’s laughter or to be amazed by a gorgeous sunrise. I believe, along with you, that this is not God’s plan for our lives. He gave us senses so we could touch, taste, and see His awesome creation around us. He gave us emotions so we could grieve, but also that we could have joy and pleasure. Take a look at the intricacies of a flower or the expanse of the snow capped mountains – all here for our good pleasure. Every day is a chance to taste and see that He is good. Thanking God, with you, for every aromatic sip of my coffee this morning. Amen! Awesome post!
    Blessings,
    Bev xx

  2. I’ve often thought of the many ways in which God just seems to take riotous levels of pleasure in His creation. He could have just made a species called “bird” in one color and one design, but instead he created all the variety and unrestrained beauty of bird life that, even here in the northern hemisphere, catches my breath. It’s the same with trees, insects–amazing!
    I hadn’t ever thought about this aspect of food, but I love your point that He was willing to risk obesity and eating disorders just to bless us with the ability to enjoy one of His many gifts!

  3. Sarah Mae,
    I walked into the grocery store yesterday and the scent of summer peaches hung in the air followed by the fragrant strawberries nearby and I thought some of your same thoughts, that God intended us to delight in what He has made. I am also someone who takes great delight in nature and God’s masterful work on display in a garden of flowers I have planted or a field of wildflowers. I think God would want us to stop and smell the coffee, or the roses, or the peaches!

  4. WOW! Sarah Mae, what a beautiful post! Before I opened my email, I took a happy sip of my coffee while listening to the rain and thunder outside if my window. I thanked The Lord for this pleasure, and then I opened your devotion. Your words have inspired me to praise God for His many gifts!

    Time for a second cup! 🙂

    Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow!

    Joy in Jesus,
    Lara <

  5. What a beautiful post and comments to follow. I want to be friends with all of you ladies that share my same heart!! Yes – our God takes delight in what pleases us because He truly loves us with a perfect love. Thank you!

  6. Great post, Sarah. I just went through a period where I had to get used to a new medication and was very sick for a couple months and could barely eat. I missed food so badly! It is such a blessing to enjoy it. I am thanking him daily to be enjoying it again now.

  7. Great post, Sarah. I just went through a period where I had to get used to a new medication and was very sick for a couple months and could barely eat. I missed food so badly! It is such a blessing to enjoy it. I am thanking him daily to be enjoying it again now.

  8. What a beautiful perspective Sara Mae, thank-you for sharing it. When I first wake up, even before my coffee, I like to have a glass of freshly squeezed lemon water. I will now be even more grateful to God, that because of Him, I can.
    Have a blessed day all,
    Penny

  9. Reading this piece of interesting article regarding the loss of senses is beautiful. Thank you for sharing. Thank goodness it was only temporary. Is there any one in this In Courage community who is deaf or has a profound hearing loss who likes to share their writing here into this wonderful website? Or does anyone know if there are any deaf/hard of hearing believers out there who has a blog because I have not found one yet…? Thank you.

  10. Awe, Sarah Mae, this made me teary. I’ve never considered this particular angle — of God knowing we’re prone to putting things before Him at times, yet He gives them anyway, and delights in our pleasure. He is such a sweet, sweet Lord. ♥ ♥

  11. A great post and thanks for sharing. Good news was that it was just temporary! Would like to know if there are any believers who are deaf/hard of hearing (profound hearing loss) in this wonderful community of In Courage, bloggers or writers? Thank you.

  12. I read a bout a man who got his sense of smell back miraculously and could smell cabbage cooking in his mother’s kitchen, hopefully it is temporary with you. He does want us to enjoy things.

  13. “God delights in our pleasure” – love this. I am currently leading a study on Lysa TerKeurst’s book, “Made to Crave” at my church and love the beauty of this principle you share. Pleasure isn’t bad, but pursuing pleasure rather than the Lover of our souls is not what we were made for – it is a reward from our faithful God! Thank you!

  14. Sarah, this is one of the most beautiful posts. Thank you for so vividly and tangibly explaining God and how he does delight in us. Thank you so much for sharing your experiences for the rest of us to learn from. God bless!

  15. When we turn pleasure into heartfelt gratitude to God, as you do Sarah, his delight in our pleasure is surely expanded. What a privilege that is too: to give God Almighty reason to smile!

  16. Sara Mae,

    I can so relate. I was born with two punctured ear drums. Couldn’t hear anything for years. Finally got a hearing aid and heard the wind for the first time. WOW! The pleasures we take for granted. He delights in us so much & gives us many things to enjoy. Beautiful rainbows, mountains, fall colors, etc. Reminds me of Zephaniah 3:17 The Lord your God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you; He will quiet you with His love. He will rejoice over you with singing. Hard to image the God of the universe delighting in me & rejoicing over me with singing. I will revel in all the pleasures He has graciously given me.

    Blessings 🙂