I carried orphans (Lindo, Thabo, Jamesy) on my back. I watched my baby (Lindo) be adopted into a family that welcomed me.
I held Lerato (love) in my arms before mixing mud to make bricks to build her a house.
I equipped learners with biblical truths and encouraged them to step out to become contagious Christians.
I worshipped God on a mountain with my people.
I pray. I call. I encourage. I am mindful.
I bought TOMS shoes that give a pair of shoes to a South African kiddo.
I bought Lerato shirts to support someone who spoke truth into my life and still does..
And now. I can shop at the Thrive Store.
Even though, things look quite a bit different from last year
what I wrote before and finally got around to painting rings true.
“I have you in my heart.” Philippians 1:7
I can still make an impact
even from 9000 miles away
and so can you.
A shirt, a coffee mug, becoming a monthly supporter…
Together we can hold them in our hearts and make it possible for them to be held by loving arms, to learn God’s truth, to be empowered with love to change their nation.
So, what are you going to do?
There. That three letter word up there captures 2010 for me. During debriefing in November, God showed me this was the word. Weeks ago, I added a little button on the side of my blog that says: Choose Joy. I love words. I love capturing them in my heart and letting them resonate there until they reverberate in my words and actions.
The beginning of 2010 started in another state without much internet time and much time soaking up Him. So, when the buzz filled the blog world about everyone’s “word” for the year, I downloaded and read. Then I hesitated, I held back, I debated in my head about my word. Why? I wanted something with more movement, more boldness, more strength, more uniqueness, more oomph, more drive, more goal orientated, more specific. I wanted a rare, special word only for me. I didn’t want my word used!
But in the running around, I’ve found joy being talked all over in new, fresh, unique ways that spoke to my heart. I saw it everywhere. God kept pricking my heart and reminding me that He didn’t just pick any word. Oh no. He choose a word just for me. Just for this season. Because He delights in me. This is part of a bigger plan. A God-filled vision. A joyful me. He wants me to journey with joy this year. To choose joy. To take this little three lettered word and stamp it on my heart so that everyone can see. To let my words and actions be oozing with joy in an irresistible and contagious way that everyone can’t help but wonder and ask who is behind it all…because He is.
So, here I am…stepping out onto the water and flinging myself fully into the water so that I’m covered completely by Him.
“When my life is like a storm, rising waters all I want is the shore. You say I’ll be okay and make it through the rain. You are my shelter from the storm. And everything rides on hope now. Everything rides on faith somehow. When the world has broken me down, your love sets me free.”
“I’ve got the joy joy joy joy down in my heart.”