You are my JOOOOOOOy (like David Crowder says it)

I think it is so funny to look back over my recent blogs and see the constant cycle that seems to reoccur after an amazing event, revelation, sermon, worship service etc….This time I feel different, the more I focus on my weakness making me stronger the less I seem to be sulking in it. I have found myself doing things at work like….singing my ringtone “You make everything Glorious” now those who know me, know that I have been silent since the day I started working there..a coward, a full camo Christian! Now don’t get me wrong, I am vocal when I am going on youth trips, or what I did the previous weekend or I will say “I will pray for you”…but NEVER do I go in detail about WHY I go, or to WHOM I owe my life to! I am constantly nagging the students at our church to be barbaric to be different stand when noone else does, and when we go eat or shop I will share my faith and talk about anything….and yet at work, I tend to sit quietly. Battlecry did change my life 3 years ago, and opened my eyes to what this world, and the media is doing to this generation, BUT this time I realized that I cannot be silent to those around me, their families depend on it too! If I believe that Chirst died on the cross for me, and orders my steps, and places people in my life for seasons. then I have to know that the people I spend 8 hours of my day with, my co-workers are def  not by accident! singing songs out loud is a start, but NOT enough. Today I was talking about how excited I was because my good friends from TN are coming through Gastonia, and they began asking questions, and my stomach was rumbling. But with great boldness said Matt is the most amazing Christian artist with a passion for people and for Jesus! YES I SAID IT! now I don’t want “good job” I just want you to know that that little step gave me so much more courage because I wasn’t shot down! They listened to me, and asked questions! God is preparing their hearts for when I begin to show them just how amazing Christ is. Today I turned up my David Crowder music and sang so loud, and just kept singing “You are my joy, You are my joy, you are my JOOOOOOOOY” I laughed and I sat there and realized somthing that I haven’t seemed to grasp since the day I began.  I am to plant the seed…and stay busy ALL day (Ecc 11)🙂 God you are my joy and I promise to step it up, and allow my conversations to come back to you, because I know that you are the reason I get up in the morning, and live each day! I want to show others that you are the JOY, and you are the HOPE! WOW…I just thought of a 80’s song….what a feeling!!!!

1 Peter 1:3-9

 3 All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation, 4 and we have a priceless inheritance—an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay. 5 And through your faith, God is protecting you by his power until you receive this salvation, which is ready to be revealed on the last day for all to see. 6 So be truly glad.There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you have to endure many trials for a little while. 7 These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world. 8 You love him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see him now, you trust him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy. 9 The reward for trusting him will be the salvation of your souls.



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