Saturday, March 5, 2011

A Flavor of **SPRING FEVER!**

"Our mouths were filled with laughter,
our tongues with songs of joy...

Tami Rossignal & Woven Leader Karen LeMasters
at SPRING FEVER! Woven Season Finale.
The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy." ~Psalm 126:2-3 NIV

When I read this Psalm, I thought for sure the writer must be talking about our Woven Season Finale Monday night!  Such is the case when God's gaggle of gals get together! We laugh, we share, we may even shed a few tears.  In this case, you may be tempted to give the glory to a mouthful of cupcakes! But it certainly wasn't the cupcakes that brought forth such joy (though they did make a statement of their own)!

The topic was the Resurrection, and, oh, what a topic! Before the night was over, we were repeating together the words of Paul in Ephesians 3:10: "I want to know Christ and the power of His resurrection!" And, I know for a fact that many of us not only wanted to know this power, but we experienced His power right then and there.  Surrender: release of burdens. Fellowship: oneness in the Holy Spirit. Spiritual Hospitality: the love of God and loving each other. All are benefits of Christ's resurrection power! All are elements that were operating in our midst! And this does not even begin to address the incredible resurrection power we have separately and collectively experienced in our Christian walks that brought us together in this place and time: healing, deliverance, salvation, redemption, reconciliation, adoption, sanctification. We use these big words because this is a HUGE deal: the greatest bargain a woman will ever find! Yep, we're "trading our sorrow, trading our shame; laying it down for the joy of the Lord"!

Do you feel like you're missing the point here? Wondering what this Resurrection Power looks like? Well, that's what I love about Spring! Take a look around. Winter has left us in a state of death and dormancy. It's really quite ugly (speaking for Ohio). There is clearly something missing in this picture. We long for color and life. We can't wait for the first crocus to pop out of the ground, for the grass to turn green, for the trees to burst forth buds and leaves. We are witnesses of Resurrection Power! Everything in earth comes to life in celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ!

It seems amazing to think that when we simply confess our sins, believe in Jesus Christ, and ask Him to reside in our heart and life, God deposits this same power within the very core of our being. We are resurrected into eternal beings with access to the very power of God Himself. Woohoo! No sugar buzz can compare with that!

I want YOU as my eternal, forever Sister, woven into this tapestry of love!  That's why I am  praying this prayer for you from Ephesians 1:19-22:
"I pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms. Now he is far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else—not only in this world but also in the world to come. God has put all things under the authority of Christ and has made him head over all things for the benefit of the church."
That's me in the bright yellow jacket speaking to nearly 100 power-filled Woven Women!
ARE YOU EXPERIENCING GOD'S RESURRECTION POWER? What has God done in your life recently? Leave a comment and declare God's power in your heart and life! Would love to hear from you!

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