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You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing. You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy,

 

Grandpa smelled of comfort; the rich, warm scents of coffee and Aqua Velva. Quiet and witty, his brown eyes glinted when I’d beg him to play. Just one more time, pleeease. We’d construct palaces of red, yellow, and blue rectangles or clutch our stomachs as my words garbled together in earnest attempts to recite old-fashioned tongue twisters.

But, my favorite pastime with Grandpa was dancing.

Sliding my feet atop my grandfather’s, I’d gaze upward with confidence.  Whether my world was gliding by slowly or I was dizzied by the tilting and twirling of sudden dips and turns, I knew there was safety in Grandpa’s arms.

This sweet memory caused me to wonder…What if Jesus wants me to dance with him with the same sort of childlike faith?

There are human-rooted reasons for my not having been as trusting with Him as I once was with my earthly grandfather. But, Abba Father is patient and those tender, hurting places somehow grow light as I lean into Jesus. His all-encompassing strength calms my anxious heart and I gaze toward heaven.

This is what it means to be treasured and loved.

I can almost imagine a smile of pleasure splitting His face because I'm learning to follow His lead more and more.#dancingwithjesus#restoringhope#nomoreanxiety Click To Tweet

When laughter abounds and praise flows with ease, I slip into the presence of Christ. We dip and turn; I can almost imagine a smile of pleasure splitting His face because I’m learning to follow His lead more and more.

I Am the one who will guide you. 

During the dark times when I'm sure dancing is done? He wraps me in His arms and enfolds me in mercy.#theloveofjesus#mercylikethis#nomorefear. Click To Tweet

During the dark times when I’m sure dancing is done? I don’t slide my feet atop His. Instead, He wraps me in His arms and enfolds me in mercy. The frenetic whirling stills. The blur of decisions, fear, and circumstances grows small when my God–the King of the dance–is greater than any of it. 

He turns mourning into joy (Jeremiah. 31:13) and the dirge into dancing. 

Dancing with Jesus…it’s become a favorite new activity.

He’s there for you, too, friend. Slide your feet on top of His and let him lead you step by step through this life. The Father’s heart is to love and protect His beloved daughter and in the circle of His arms, you’ll discover a place of safety and security. Won’t you join the dance?

 

Peace and grace,

Tammy

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Two hundred twelve people wedged carry on bags into the overhead storage space, bumping and jostling others in the narrow confines of the jet’s interior. Boasting tickets marked with their final destination, Kuala Lumpur, and convinced of the pilot’s knowledge and abilities, men, women, and children settled into stiff, narrow seats; anticipating the weather or thinking of family and friends they’d see again within a few hours.

Imagine their surprise when the flight attendant announced, “Welcome to Sydney (Australia). We hope you fly with Air Asia again.”

What?

On March 10th, 2015 the pilot incorrectly entered flight coordinates into the system which resulted in a “detour” of almost 7,000 miles. Ignoring “several message alerts and sounds”, the jet vaulted into the sky with its nose pointed in the wrong direction.

Eventually, the crew recognized the error. Sweating and cursing, they attempted to alter the course of the flight, but the navigation systems began to fail. Suddenly, what should have been a simple flight from Point A to Point B had become high risk.

“Requesting a return to Sydney.”                                                                                            “Negative. We have a low ceiling and thunderstorms.”

Unable to divert the flight or alter its course, the jet finally landed without incident in Melbourne.

Hopefully, none of us will ever be on such a wayward flight, but how many of us have ever felt as though we’re drifting through life just as directionless and misguided? Almost convinced our situation is unrecoverable or beyond God’s ability to make something of the mess in which we find ourselves?

Oh, the discomfort of feeling as though nothing is within our control. (Or, is this a just a personal issue?)  It’s been a process and I still struggle, but I’ve discovered comfort in living an “out-of-control” life.

I’ve slowly begun to understand that even when my plans fail to flourish, God is unsurprised. When my day or week or year takes an unexpected turn and life veers off course, He is the one who “gives light to my path” (Psalm 119:105). When I fail to heed the Father’s word or listen for His voice, He patiently redirects me (Psalm 23) and “plans my steps” (Proverbs 16:9).

Living an “out-of-control” life is all about surrendering to Him. It’s about inviting Christ to lead us in the direction He desires, listening for the warning signals the Holy Spirit prompts within, and finding joy in unexpected places while we’re on the journey.

Kualu Lumpur may never be on your itinerary, but God has a better destination in mind and He will ensure you arrive safely.

Please enjoy the pretty printable Bible verses found below if you need daily reminders that you are in His care.

Peace and grace,

Tammy

Reassurance Verses PDF

 

 

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