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WHO REMEMBERS THE DUNKIN DONUTS man?Time to make the donuts. It was an old commercial from when I was a kid. The donut man got up very early every morning and went to make the donuts. The commercial made it appear as if this was just what he did every day and never really enjoyed it, but drudged through his days like a robot, making donuts.

For most of my life this was me, living life every day like a robot. I was going through my days robotic like, “Time to make the donuts”. I wasn’t enjoying my day to day life, but rather doing what needed to get done. I’m very good at just putting my head down and plowing. As I went out for a run one day when my children were little, the Lord spoke to me, “Crystal, like you are drudging this run today, you are not enjoying life, but rather look at each day as something to just get through. I created you to enjoy your life” and this scripture came to my heart,

“The thief does not come but to steal, kill and destroy: I AM come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” John 10:10

I broke down and began weeping because it was true. I looked at my life as a drudgery and each day as something to just “get through”. I didn’t enjoy my life, my family, my work for the Lord or my children. I loved them and served them and took care of them, and I took care of God’s house and people; but I was not enjoying these things.

Jesus’ words provide a penetrating glimpse into spiritual dynamics at work behind the scenes of human activity in the world. Satan is clearly the thief (and usurper) whose mission is “to steal, and to kill, and to destroy” people’s lives, health, families, joy, peace and everything else that is good. Jesus has come to counter and destroy Satan’s sinister network of evil by the power of the cross and by giving life that is redemptive and more abundant, full life to those who have been born again of the Holy Spirit.

This is not a Scripture about amassing stuff and riches. Many have twisted Jesus words to mean you should be amassing worldly possessions. That’s not what He means. An abundant and full life means no more attitude of, “time to make the donuts”. In His presence, and living in accordance with the Holy Spirit, we can experience the fullness of joy, an abundance of peace, an abundant life overflowing with His righteousness, and enveloped in the power of the Spirit. He’s redeemed your life and you are free from the power of the enemy, free from the power of sin, free to live fully for Him.

You can rejoice in His glory and actually live your day to day life in perfect peace, joy and righteousness. This also does not mean you are free from trials, but you can embrace your trials knowing He goes with you, helps you, strengthens you and comforts you. Don’t drudge through another day- enjoy life, enjoy your family, enjoy your children, enjoy the work He has given you to do and goodness shall follow you. In every season, He is with you in abundance and you can enjoy your daily life.

“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever.” Psalms‬ ‭23‬:‭1‬-‭6‬

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