Pure Joy

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, JOY, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self control: against such things there is no law.“ Galatians 5: 22-23

Two weeks ago I was a part of a women’s retreat with the theme “Pure Joy”. Here in the south our churches have experienced revival through men and women’s retreats. We’ve watched God move powerfully in our families, community, church, and friendships.

Each retreat I’ve experienced a major revelation that catapulted me closer and closer to my Heavenly Father. It has been quite the pruning process to be honest. All of the past retreats positioned me at this one to truly experience pure joy.

I wanted to share the joy that I received, but first I want to tear apart the word joy.

A lot of times when you look at the Greek and Hebrew translation of words you will get several words in the English language that equate to the Greek and Hebrew language.

For example: Love, the fruit of the spirit we discussed last week has several.

Hebrew-loyalty; joint obligation; faithfulness, goodness, graciousness; godly action

(I am in no way a language expert or bible expert so full disclosure; I’m gonna mess this up, but I pray you’ll see my point. )

I find it cool that both translations are Joy. It is a pure word. The Hebrew word also has the word jubilation as part of the word.

At our retreat I experienced the Hebrew translation of Joy; JUBILATION.

Here’s why.

Over the past few years myself and a few friends have been on a journey of obedience in ministry. Blogs, retreats, websites, writing, and serving have inundated our lives and we’ve been alongside each other in this journey. We’ve shared our passions and we’ve shared our fears. At this retreat I got to watch three of my besties live out their passions and it was the most beautiful experience.

I’m gonna start with Mallory.

Mallory was our retreat director and she has a nack for the details. She has a passion for seeing women come to Jesus and a natural ability to coordinate the process. Watching her in her element was so incredibly cool. Mal, you’re the bomb and I love you.

Next up, my incredibly talented singer friend, Alecia.

This girl has a beautiful gift from above that she uses to usher in the Holy Spirit to a crowd of people. She exudes what worship is truly about. I watched her overcome numerous battles getting to that stage and she did it with grace (she won’t agree, but its true). Alecia, you are incredible and I am proud to call you my friend.

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And last, but certainly not least, Amanda May. AKA A.J.May

Amanda was our spiritual director and when I tell you she spiritually directed….dood. I watched her step out and literally preach the word like I’ve never seen her do. All the time she put into those lessons were evident. All the time she spent on her knees was evident. She brought the gospel to a room full of 133 women and people’s lives were incredibly changed. Amanda, you are a jewel. I couldn’t do life without you. Thank you for your faithfulness and encouragement.

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Ya’ll I stayed in tears the whole weekend. Joyful tears. I was so incredibly proud of my friends for being obedient in their callings. This was not an overnight process. This was years in the making and to watch it unfold was indeed a jubilation. That feeling of joy is something that only God can give. He let me experience it because of obedience.

Living out our lives is full of bumps, bruises, loss, tragedy, illness…etc. Most of which we can’t control. The joy that God gives, allows you to still feel joy when you’re in the midst of those battles. He always provides and when you come out on the other side you will be able to witness the wonder working power of our Father.

God is so Cool.

Dear Dad,

I am still in a state of awe. You are amazing and worthy of all the praise. I watched you show out in the lives of my best friends. You used them in mighty ways and I thank for letting me be a part of that. Lord I pray that this reader can search their heart and find the joy. I pray that this fruit you give us will be lived out. I pray the joy we exude will bring people to you and leave them thinking…”I want what they have”. Thank you for our retreats, thank you for the ministry opportunities you’ve given each of us.

I love you.

Amen.

If you missed last week check it out here: The LIttle Ones are Following You

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8 Replies to “Pure Joy”

  1. Amazing. You too have blossomed beyond your reef! You are an amazing woman, friend, sister in Christ. Honored to be in your circle.

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