“What if this river in me is stronger when I’m weak? What if it’s true? What if I give up control, hands up, let go? I have nothing to lose, nothing to prove. What if all the Life was already there welling up and drowning out the fear? I can feel it now—hope is rising, springing up a well in my soul. Joy unspeakable, love unshakeable…I believe it—am I living it out?”

When we feel weak, we don’t feel very “unstoppable,” but it is at those times when we are reminded to give up control, to let go and to trust our unstoppable God. At these moments of surrender God can cause a well of hope to spring up within us. Only he can drown out the fears that assail us. He causes all good things to spring up from the well in our souls. He is the one who gives us joy unspeakable and love unshakeable. We cannot experience this kind of joy and love on our own. Today—believe this and live it out! Let go and watch the spring of joy and love rise in your life because God is unstoppable!

John 7:38 “Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.”

Questions: Have you ever made the decision to give up control and let go, then felt the power of God’s living water spring up in your soul giving you hope and joy? What was that like? Share your story!

Prayer Power: Lord, take control of my life. I want to let go and feel your living water springing up in me. Thank you for the hope and joy that you bring. Thank you for your unstoppable love for me. I believe; help me to live it out. Amen.

“Here I go, tiptoeing into the kitchen, and don’t you know, crash goes the coffee cup. My only chance to sit and listen. Lord, don’t let the kids wake up. A little time with you, the only way to get me through the day. Oh, come meet me in this moment, before it all gets going and all these plates start to spin-and the crazy kicks in.”

Let’s be honest—there are times when the crazy kicks in and we definitely don’t feel unstoppable—in fact we can kind of feel like there is a big red stop sign that just dropped in front of our face. Instead of being able to have quiet time alone with God, things begin falling apart, everybody needs us and our feet are stuck to the floor. Have you been there? What do you do to get your feet unstuck, to get started to do the next right thing? First, take a deep breath—be still and listen—as this song says. Second, pray—ask God for help. He is right there beside you in the midst of the crazy! He will meet you in the moment. Third, remember that God is unstoppable even when you are standing dead still. Seek him! Say a favorite Scripture out loud—or start singing a song—maybe even this one. God’s got this—and he’s got YOU wrapped in his arms of love. Experience his embrace for just a moment, know you are loved. Then step out in faith—even if the crazy is still swirling around you. And don’t give up on that quiet time with God. Start your day tomorrow sitting and talking with God—maybe the crazy won’t kick in quite so fast – it’s not about the number of minutes you spend in the quiet of God’s love—it’s about perseverance and appreciating every moment you get!

Psalm 46:10, 11  “…be still and know that I am God;  I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth. The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.”   

Questions:  When was the last time the crazy kicked in for you? How did you cope and move forward into quietness and then action?

Prayer Power:  Lord, thank you for being with us in the quiet, and in the chaos of the crazy things of life. Help us to always seek you. Show us how to make time for quiet time when we can listen to you. Protect us from “the crazy.” Amen.

“We always say that we have unspeakable joy, so let our feet do all the talking when our words fall short. We’ve got reason to get up, reason to get down. He done traded our sin for joy, and now that joy wants out—happy dance!”

There are times in our life when something happens that just makes us jump for joy in a “happy dance.”  We see it in our children as they dance around with joy bubbling up inside of them – even over small things. As grownups, let’s hold on to that childlike happy-dance joy, and not be afraid to jump for joy when God does something “immeasurably more” in our lives. Let’ start by remembering that “he traded our sin for joy” as the song says. When we say yes to him we can have true joy—and we can sing and dance about it any time we want!

Psalm 149:3 “Let them praise his name with dancing and make music to him with timbrel and harp.

Ephesians 3:20, 21 “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations for ever and ever! Amen.

Questions:  When was the last time you did a “happy dance” over something that happened to you? When have you seen your child do a happy dance recently?  What kind of happy dancing do you expect to see in heaven someday?

Prayer Power:  Heavenly Father, Give me the childlike freedom to do a happy dance when wonderful things bring joy. Help me to encourage others who need the freedom to express their joy in a happy dance. Thank you for giving me the most important reason to dance! Thank you for trading my sin for joy. In Jesus’ name, Amen