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Obedience: to trust a leader with a willingness to obey; to hear God’s Word and act accordingly.

I used to hate the word obedience. It seems like a word that a parent uses about a child, or a term you apply to a dog. It never seemed like a word I’d want to seriously apply to my life.

However, upon looking at the meaning, I promptly changed my mind. Obedience isn’t an ugly word. It’s just the opposite. 

Obedience is to trust with a willingness to obey. Obedience is to hear God’s Word and act accordingly. And obedience is beautiful to God. 

Exodus 19:5 says, “Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession…”

God was saying if you obey me — if you trust me with a willingness to obey and act accordingly to my Word — you will be my treasured possession. How amazing!

So as you go through this week, remember that obedience to God is simply to trust and be willing to follow through and act accordingly, and it’s beautiful!

How can you be more obedient in your Walk this week?

Maddisen Sauls is the smile and voice behind the Everyday Joy blog as well as the author of the Word of the Week posts and the editor of by leaps and bounds. Throughout her life, Maddisen has worked as a reporter for small town newspapers, a School Age and Preschool teacher, and has acquired her ministerial license. 

An avid book reader and lover of the written word, Maddisen is passionate about using her favorite medium to reach the lost and the hurting, and to offer encouragement and hope to those struggling through life. 

Following her battle with depression, Maddisen has made it her mission to help other people through this journey and to bring joy to the lives of the people around her. 

You can find Maddisen on Instagram @maddisen.paige

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