Scars and Struggles on the way
‘Know that the Lord you God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments.’ Deuteronomy 7.9
So far in the Never Once series we have stood on the Mountain Top and looked at our testimony, where we have come from and the fact that God can take us further still. Yesterday was accepting the battlegrounds that we sometimes have to cross and recognising that God is the one that can get us through. Today is about recognising that we still need to praise and be thankful through any battle that is going on, by declaring joy in our hearts.
The third station as it was in the workshop, or third day in
the blog series is all about creating
your own joy dance. But, what’s warranted before we get into this though is
a little discussion about what joy is.
Many of us will perceive joy in different ways, the happy clappy kind, the steadfast knowing kind, the excited about what’s ahead kind. It will all resound differently in each of us, I did a quick search on the internet and came across a blog entry by Kay Warren (wife of Rick Warren who wrote The Purpose Driven Life) in which she talks about how for her, finding joy is a challenge because she isn’t naturally an upbeat person, because of this she decided to explore her thoughts in relation to scripture some more and she came up with the following definition -
Joy is the settled assurance that God is in control of all the details of my life, the quiet confidence that ultimately everything is going to be alright, and the determined choice to praise God in every situation
You can read more about what Kay said here - http://purposedriven.com/blogs/dailyhope/?contentid=10448.
A well rounded definition, and one to bear in mind, as we enter the practical response with this topic today. Now, you don’t have to do this, but I am all about cementing things practically, hence why today is about creating your own joy. You’re probably thinking, how on earth do I do that? well check out some of the hints below and just have a go!
· Think about something that is within that wants to get out, can you catch it
· Start, middle, end
· Use of different levels – high, medium and low
· Travelling – run, slide, gallop, turn, leap, hop
· Jumps – on spot, round in circle, over something, upwards, one, two or changing feet
· Eye level/ head focus
Can you remember the battleground movements that you made up yesterday? Why not try linking those with today’s movements?