Triumphant Victorious Reminders
Inspired by the Holy Spirit
Written By: Teresa Criswell
"Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands."
~ II Timothy 1:6 ~
"The Joy of The Lord is my Strength."
~ Nehemiah 8:10 ~
"My JOY Spoon"
Jesus Over You!
Ok here's the story...
A few months ago, after I had been making my signs which I paint on wood...I got this great Holy Spirit idea to paint a wooden spoon. The reason was to remind myself that I have the gift of God within me to stir up the gifts of Who He is which is on the inside manifesting outwardly...one of them being His gift of JOY.
After painting the spoon, whenever irritation and complaining would rise up, I was reminded of the JOY spoon!
So try to picture this....
I grab the spoon, get in my stance and start the stirring motion along with a dance. At first I shout with great irritation..."I have the JOY of the Lord which is my strength. Come on JOY!!!" Suddenly it starts to bubble up and then instantaneously irritation becomes laughter. The transforming power of God's strength revealed in His JOY never fails. It literally feels like a 'bubbling brook' on the inside of me. Giggling proceeds and then proclamations of thankfulness to our God come forth with praises as I worship Him throughout the day not just with music but with a smile on my face, lending a hand, giving a word of encouragement or however else He leads.
This evening after arriving home from a meeting, our daughter was down and out. As I walked into the room where she was, I embraced her and the embrace allowed her to cry and reveal her frustration. I gently pulled away, my arms still wrapped around her and said, "Tristin, I think it's time for the spoon!" At first she looked at me with the eyes of "What?" When I continued with a giggle - "Not the spanking spoon - the JOY spoon." Come on! Let's stir up the JOY on the inside of You in Jesus Name". As I started to 'perform' my silly dance; in a stirring motion with my spoon, I shot it up to my mouth and had to pretend it was a microphone! I attempted to sing, which made it funnier and I screeched with a shout, "JOY! Do you know what that stands for?!"
Tristin laughed and said, "What?"
I said, "JOY stands for, Jesus Over You" and I knew right then and there that was by the Holy Spirit of God! I took her by the hand and we started running through the house so she would purposely laugh!
At that moment the Joy of the Lord pulled her out of her pit of despair. The Great Strength of God came over her and her giggles filled the house with such a beautiful melody of laughter! Our giggles became the weapons against despair and jaded perspective. In God's joy it became her medicine (Proverbs 17:22).
Are you in need of a stirring on the inside?
Stir it up! The cool thing is that we don't need to pray for Joy...we must be aware of that which has already been provided on the inside of us - when we accept Salvation from our Rescuer Jesus! We are God's vessels of encouragement even over our own lives of discouragement! Again! I say, "Stir it up!" Let His strength be revealed in you today!