It is time to shift atmospheres!
I am out of town this week at a writer’s conference in California, so it isn’t as easy to connect with you though I have so much to share. It is beautiful where I stand and I am continuously amazed at what God is doing in the lives of others. We see so much tragedy and poverty and sadness in our news, and it makes you question how long will God allow things to continue as this, but I am so encouraged to know that there are people here from all over this nation and several countries on fire to share what God has done in and through their lives. He is good! One thing I see here that I felt a need to share is the abundance of God. The stories of transformation. The stories of healing. The stories of encountering His glory. So many just bask in His glory! Something to grab hold to if we are missing this.
Interestingly, as I was leaving for the airport in New Orleans on Tuesday, I received some unsettling news that we would most likely be moving from our home in the coming months, perhaps month? Not just a home, but one that has been feeding a revival of middle school children. I won’t deny that I was driving to the airport in tears Tuesday. My heart longs to be settled and due to our home situation with this “toxic drywall” we haven’t been settled since it was found in February of 2009. It seems we move every year, and I want my children to feel settled. I want to be settled. Not again, I thought….and what about the revival taking place in this yard?
God spoke to my heart….The joy of the Lord is your strength. The joy of the Lord is your strength. And I have to admit that I didn’t have a profound revelation immediately…..I was confused and emotional, as we women tend to get, right? I don't understand, how is your joy my strength? And then He unwraps this little verse…..
Rochelle, it is the joy within you of all of the glorious things that I have already done for YOU that gives you strength to BELIEVE that I will do it again, and again. I am the I am! Take joy in what I WILL do knowing with confidence what I have already done. I am faithful to the faithful. I have this! The joy of the Lord is my strength! I am confident that He is closing this door only to open a greater one....this has been my journey with Him! And I see now the root of abundance of those that are all around me in this place; they understand the joy of the Lord is their strength, and they operate out of this place of abundance and they continually receive from a God that is lavish! I am not saying that we won’t have troubles…..because we will, but what if we shifted our atmosphere to one of JOY instead of woe? How could that change your life? It reminds me of hearing Ann Voskamp share her story, and her story is one of rising above the tragedy and pain and suffering and focusing on being thankful for what He has given.....Joy abounded and her life was changed! She is now the best selling author of "One Thousand Gifts," and her testimony transforms lives because she chose to move from woe to wow!
I then think of the verse from Hebrews 12:1, Since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witness, let us throw off all that entangles and run with endurance the race set before us. The witnesses have chosen to be strengthened by the goodness of God.... to be thankful, Eucharisto, and it has birthed JOY!
Today, I dare you to choose JOY!
Seek. Love. Follow.
In His Wings, Ro