Rejoice

Day 9 – Tiny Daily Treasures

Rejoice.  Hope.  Patient.  Tribulation.  Constant.  Prayer

As I travel further down the path of God, I realize that each season of my life is a preparation – a path to the next journey.

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I have learned to rejoice in hope.

I rejoice in the fullness of joy that comes with each new journey.

I have learned patience in the eye of the storm.  I have remained constant in prayer.

When I travel with God I am safe and secure in His Love.

Romans 12:12 – Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. (ESV)

Rejoice.  Rejoice that you know Him.

Let Him lead.

The song I share today is one I play on my way to work each day – it’s fun and it’s alive.  Enjoy:  The River

I’m Running to His Arms

What a peaceful and joyful vision – to run into the arms of God.  There is no peace that can match that place within His Arms.

Safe.  Rest.  Protected. Love.  Grace.  In His Arms.

 

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Running to His Arms

 

A year ago, I wrote these words in my prayer journal:

The dark night of the soul.  I can do only two things in the darkness that surrounds my soul at times.  I can run to God or I can run away from Him.

It was at a Women’s Bible Study that I discovered a beautiful song: Forever Reign – by Hillsong.  Women were at different stages in their walk with the Lord.  Some more expressive;  some quiet.  When this song played during our worship time, it touched our souls.  I so wanted to run to His arms – that safe place. You could feel the desire swell up in the hearts of His daughters to literally run to Him.  This scene is forever etched into my soul.

I leave this song for you today in hopes that you will find a sale place of rest in the arms of your Heavenly Father.

Forever Reign

 

Just Write!

I have been journaling about 20 years.  Faithfully for 15 years.

In my quiet moments alone with God, He has asked me, “What do you want to do more than anything else?”  My response, “I just want to write.”

 

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Just Write!

 

Enter FEAR.  How do I start?  What if people don’t like what I write?  So many doors opened up through fear over the years.

In my early years, I wrote poetry.  I had a special book made with all the poems that I had written.  Enter BROTHERS.  Oh, how they made fun of me.  I do believe that is when I opened the first door of fear.  I tore out the pages and burned them.

Then in recent years, I started taking writing courses.  Yet, I lived in fear.  Then one day I read an article by Cecil Murphy.  I had never heard of him, but he had great advice:

JUST WRITE!  DON’T WRITE FOR ANYONE ELSE BUT YOURSELF.  IT DOESN’T MATTER IF NO ONE ELSE READS IT – JUST WRITE!

And that is what I did.  I starting writing.  I just finished my second year of writing my blog – Rest for Your Soul.  And I am starting on my third year.  I just write.

In my devotional this morning, I read Psalm 23:5: “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.  You anoint my head with oil, my cup overflows.”

My encouragement from this devotional today?  START WHERE YOU ARE.  You will never feel completely prepared to start.  You can hold on to a dream for years and if you don’t take your first step out – nothing will ever change.

Do one small thing today.  Take a step out of fear and into your destiny.

I love to write.  I stepped out of fear in the year 2015 and started my blog.  I wrote for me.  I wrote for the Lord.  I wrote because that is what I have always dreamed of – Just Writing.

What I discovered?  I didn’t trust God in this!  He asked me what I wanted to do.  I told Him to write.  He told me to “Just write!”

 

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Trust in the LORD with All Your Heart

 

I encourage you this day to step out and step up to your dreams.  Do it for you!  Teach your children to do the same.  Study them.  Discover what they dream about.  Help them open the door to their destiny and not to their fears.

Today, I leave a song about trust – trust in God.  It is sung by Lauren Daigle and has had over 24 million views on YouTube.  I pray the words speaks to your heart today so that you will be encouraged to Just ____________.

Trust in You

Light of His Face

Oh, the peace and joy that can only be found in the Light of His Face.  He has put more joy in my heart than anything that surrounds me.

Joy.  God is my Joy Giver.

 

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Dance for the Joy of Your Lord is Your Strength!

 

Light of the World.

Psalm 4:6-7: There are many who say, “Who will show us some good?  Lift up the light of your face upon us, O Lord!” You have put more joy in my heart than they have when their grain and wine abound. (ESV)

If you have ever been a part of a farming community than you would understand the joy that comes when the grain has come in and it is abounding.  The bins are overflowing. There is much joy in hearts over the bounty.

Just think.  Just imagine.  The Light of His Face puts more joy in our hearts than the bounty of the grain.

Share the JOY!  Share the JOY of being in His Presence.  There is no greater joy that can be in your heart than the Joy of the Lord.

Song.  My song that I share today is one that will get you up and dancing in the Presence of the Lord!  Enjoy the Lord!  Let His Joy flow through you so that it spills out on the streets where you live today.  This is a song by Rend Collective called “Joy of the Lord!”

Get your dancing shoes on today!  The joy of the Lord is my strength.  In the darkness, I’ll dance.  In the shadows, I’ll sing.  The joy of the Lord is my strength!

Joy of the LORD

Oh Heavenly Father, You are the Joy Giver!  You are the Light of my world!  You have put more joy into my heart than anything else that surrounds me.  I thank you and praise you for you are the Light of my World!.  I ask this in Jesus Christ’s name, amen.

 

 

Thanksgiving in my Heart

I have spent a lot of time this year looking back over the past three years – and really over the past nine years.  I have so much to be thankful for.

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If I could only express one thing that I am the most thankful for – it would be the trials and tribulations that I have walked through.  That seems a little odd – but that is what I am most thankful for.

During these past few years:

  • I have seen so many friends grow up with me in the family of God.
  • Challenging health issues (both mine and my husband’s).
  • Learning different ways to worship the Lord.
  • Learning to trust and obey God.
  • Learning to just breath.
  • Learning how to be a lover of souls.
  • Dealing with conflicts within the church.
  • Learning how to be open in my walk with Jesus.
  • Sharing with a younger generation the path that I have learned to walk upon to have a deeper relationship with God.

There comes a point in a believer’s life that is unexplainable to others – but there is a point that you realize – that you can never go back – to fear – to hurts – to playing – to hiding out.  You realize that you must go forward.

Last month, my pastor challenged his flock to follow Jesus – to follow Jesus at all cost.  Yes, it comes with a cost.  I have freely been singing a song:

I Have Decided to Follow Jesus

2016 has been a freeing year for me!  Free in so many ways.  I am free to use my gifts.  I am free to just love others – to be a lover of souls.  I am free and no longer a slave to fear.  I am bolder – I can stand upon the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

So today, I share a verse with you that has brought me freedom in 2016:

“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.  And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” – James 1:2-4

Maybe you have been through the fires of testing this year too – count it as pure joy that God is revealing who you are in Him.

I believe this coming year, 2017, we will see many changes in the hearts of those who claim to be followers of Jesus Christ.  If you are willing, God can help you to start cleaning up those messes in your life.  It hurts at times and it will make you want to curl up in a knot and not face those trials – but trust in Him – He will make a way where there seems to be no way.

You will encounter those who say that you think that you are better than others.  You will encounter those who are still wrapped up in fear and are afraid to step out in faith and start that journey – that journey where you realize that you can never turn back – you must follow Jesus with all your heart.

But no matter what you encounter – just love others.  There will be a season of setting up new boundaries in your life and that is okay.  You will be called to take a bolder stand for the Kingdom of God – it gets easier with each step you take forward.

If you are ready to walk that path of cleaning up your life – your messes, find someone who you have seen start that journey and share your heart with them.

Dear Heavenly Father, I am so thankful for the many rocky roads that you have taken me down over these past years.  Some have been hard – some a little easier – but I can see the effect of that steadfastness take place in my heart.  I look forward to the coming year and the surprises that you have in store for me to learn more about your ways.  I love you, Lord.  I ask this in Jesus Christ’s name, amen.

 

 

He Walks with Me and He Talks with Me

IF you grew up going to church, you more than likely sung this song: In The Garden

I remember as a child, singing those words and believing in them.  I was so in love with God.  To actually believe that He walked with me and He talked with me and He always told me that I was His own!

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In The Garden

It brought pure joy to my heart.  And yet, when I shared it with my parents and Sunday School teachers as a child and then as a teenager – they said, “Oh no, God doesn’t talk to you.  If you read the Bible, then He talks to you from His Word.”

My first thoughts (that I kept to myself) was, “Then why would we sing this song if it wasn’t true?”

Today, I see the theological doctrine arguments building up again, and hearing once again , that God doesn’t walk with me or talk with me. Continue reading

The Sound of JOY

During this past week, there has been a sound of GRIEF!  Heavyhearted.  Sorrow.  Pain.  Agony.  Tiredness.  When will it end?  Unexplainable at times.

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As I read from 1 Chronicles 15-17 this morning (Yes, I actually read it!  Not my favorite, but my mission this year is to read through the Bible,)  what leaped out at me?

1 Chronicles 15:16 – “David also commanded the chiefs of the Levites to appoint their brothers as the singers who should play loudly on musical instruments, on harps and lyres and cymbals, to raise sounds of joy.”

In this particularly setting, the sound of joy came through singers playing “loudly” on musical instruments – harps and lyres and cymbals in order to raise sounds of joy.

What was happening in this story?  The Ark of the Covenant was being moved to Jerusalem.  The “Presence of God” was coming to town. (Exodus 25:22) Continue reading