Pure Simple Joy

Silhouette of jumping woman against the sun

What is the most powerful force on earth? Is it fear? Is it joy? Is it heart wrenching pain? Nope. It is love. They say there are situations where Grandmother’s have pulled cars off their grandkids and pregnant mothers have moved refrigerators off their toddlers. Love energized that incredible act of adrenaline. Men who can’t swim jump in and save another person. Of course one could argue, well Terri those things were done out of fear, not love. I beg to differ. Because in most all of those stories the hero says something like this. “I wasn’t even afraid, I just suddenly knew what had to be done and did it.”

“I wasn’t even afraid.” What a statement! As if they knew that fear would lock them down and keep them from doing what needed to be done.

Do we ever have that kind of love in a relationship? What if there is an emergency but in a desperate, sort of, passive way? Are we willing to love and do what needs to be done in those kind of situations?

Jesus Christ knew what needed to be done. He didn’t face it with fear, he faced it with love. Could we do that?

What if we know in our hearts that love, agape, is the most powerful force on earth? When we use agape, we say the right thing at the right time using “Rehma” which can only come from God. We have the right heart, the right mind. It’s all lined up and done without hypocrisy. WOW! Who could resist such a force?

I know I couldn’t.

A great way to learn to love like that is to learn first how to get quiet. Quiet your mind. It rattles on and on all day, just tell it to be quiet for 10 minutes a day and you’ll be surprised how much easier it is to hear God. Our minds are like puppies let off a leash running to and fro. We have to train them, discipline them.

“And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD. And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake:

And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.” 1 Kings 19:11-12

Then we ask; God, if you were me how would you handle this situation?

The first answer, before you can get your mind there, is His. But always double-check it by asking over and over just till you’re sure. He will never tell you anything that contradicts God’s Laws, or Man’s Laws. Practice this at least two thousand times. Yep. I said two thousand. Which means more than once a day for a year or two. Sadly enough that’s how distracting our society is.

I used to think, “Well, if I just had a quiet walk in the mountains or a place far away in the peaceful wilderness, then I could hear God and get closer to Him.”

So what? I’m gonna have to wait till I get some spare time to be away from my family and business and all my responsibilities to get a hold of God? God wants to help me out now in the midst of the busy life I live. It is available to have inner peace and a spiritual walk with God every day at every moment no matter where you live or what your busy lifestyle. God IS a pretty BIG GUY, after all.

Here’s what happens, and I’m sure I haven’t seen it all. You start putting the Word of God in your heart through the Bible everyday. You start spending time learning and practicing all nine manifestations everyday and before long, God and you are in a continuous conversation with short pauses of silence and wonder. JOY explodes in your heart every time you see Him at work in your life or in those around you. It’s literally impossible not to love others with that real deal love of God, while filled with His love. You can’t help it. It’s like an eagle living in your heart, ready to burst out at any second.

“This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.” 1 John 1:5

It doesn’t mean that you won’t deal with tough situations. It means that you deal with them a little better and a little better and a little better as you grow.

I feel like I rambled a little today but I hope you feel encouraged. God’s just the best thing going. He’s the new high.

Get on and go!

God bless you today!

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