Wednesday, December 30, 2009

December 30, 2009, "Joy"

Triumphant Victorious Reminders

Inspired by the Holy Spirit

Written By: Teresa Criswell

"But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You; Let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them; Let those also who love Your name Be joyful in You."

~ Psalm 5:11 ~

I was running, jumping, holding myself from not 'peeing' myself, as I laughed so hard.  

I love laughs like this.  It's like that saying I just adore, "Friendship is like peeing in your pants. Everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth."

I remember like it was yesterday, making a New Year's Resolution back in 2006...I wish I would have saved it, however, the one thing I remember was this statement.  I want to live life with great fervency.  I want to laugh so hard that I pee my pants.  If I cry, I want to weep.  I want to encourage beyond my wildest dreams."  I've got much work to do, but to be reminded of that was refreshing.  

It leads me to a day that I was out and about with some girlfriends from church when this statement literally shot out of my mouth, "When I laugh I roar.  When I cry it pours and when I sleep I snore."  We all just laughed so hard  It was such a random moment, a random statement from the random Teresa.  Haahaahaa!  

I don't know why this is such a random devotional today, however, what I am being reminded as I write is to do every thing on purpose for God's glory.  I desire to live extremely grateful.  I also desire to be actively encouraging others.  There is something about a contagious laugh...there is also something about a contagious depressing mood..isn't there?  

I desire to have the contagious joy of the Lord upon my life.  There is so much to be had in this. It is in the depths of my spirit, I haven't even tapped into that which wants to burst forth.  I'm so excited for the ride...I'm so excited about the overflowing joy that is unimaginable no matter the circumstances...His joy is like oil that flows like milk and honey!  O have it too; IF you have received Jesus Christ as your Lord and have the gifts of God within's don't have to do any 'hocus-pocus' 'stuff'.  The gifts are provided by the Gift Provider...Almighty God revealed by Jesus Christ who is revealed by the Spirit of God living on the inside of each of us, who have accepted the FREE gift of Salvation...HE is SALVATION!   Woooooooooooooooooooo!!!!  

ALMIGHTY GOD'S GREAT LOVE wants to pour out of you like you could never imagine not only for our benefit but to flow onto others so that they can be a blessing to others and on and on. Just think of the open vessels for the Lord we could be flowing like a beautiful waterfall, onto another waterfall, into another waterfall...the beauty to behold in such a thought is what can be had.  This knowing and ongoing experience is for others to experience as well. 

The gifts we flow in are not to ever say, "Look what I have..and look what you don't have."  It's truly about saying, "Look what I have, you can have it too."

Laughter, joy, compassion and kindness defy depression and negativity.  Joy is to negativity as Light is to dark...Negativity is dispelled just as darkness is dispelled from light!


  1. Very uplifting post...I am all about that contagious joy of the Lord....

  2. Hi Karen..thank you for your encouragement! ;)


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