• Joni

Day 13: Alive & Breathing


I just opened my mouth & the next think I knew

was that I was singing

just like the other women

who were in the same room with me.

As we not only raised our voices

but our arms

as we PRAISED GOD

singing the songs that we all knew & loved

about a GOD that we all know & love.

But it wasn't an ordinary night,

as we weren't singing through a computer screen,

because it was REAL.

Life as we knew it was changing. A better new normal has begin.

Tears of joy streamed down my face

as to how much I have missed

fellowship in REAL LIFE.

It was like we were in a 3D movie.

I was gaining back a missing piece of myself

that was lost when

we were called to a forced stop~

when touch & gathering together

wasn't our REALITY.

But things change.

Oh how they change.

But oh how much better the change,

as what we are able to do in the past

became more than just some women gathering together.

It almost felt so wrong

like we were breaking the law

because it has been so long,

as I remained in a room with women

gathered around a piano

with voices raised & hands held high

PRAISING the ONE who

brings REAL LIVES together

to gather together

as if they have been together their whole life.

Oh when 2 or more gathered

GOD becomes more REAL

JESUS becomes more REAL

as

THE HOLY SPIRIT takes over the room

filling hearts with prayers that come

pouring out to be placed on each woman.

And oh I was touched with such

REALNESS

that flowed upon my being

as I was brought

back to my normal

which I wouldn't trade for anything~

for my GOD has never left me

for my GOD will never forsake me

for my GOD will never stop me from

PRAISING HIS NAME.

And to think

it all began with a song unto the LORD

in one little room

around one little piano

yet filled to the brim

with voices & arms raised

to the ONE who brought us together.

"For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them” (Matthew 18:20)

Songs sang.

Prayers prayed.

REAL STORIES told about our REAL GOD who never social distanced from us

because we never social distanced from HIM.

Oh this is the beginning of something new

that is way better than a new normal

because

GOD takes us beyond normal.

I will never be the same because I don't want to ever be the same

because GOD won't let me stay the same or you & everyone else.

Oh I will never stop singing~

"I will sing of your strength; I will sing aloud of your steadfast love in the morning.

For YOU have been to me a fortress and a refuge in the day of my distress" (Psalm 59:16)

Will you join me~

because if you are reading this you are

"ALIVE & BREATHING" (listen to the song below)



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