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  • Writer's pictureJoni

Day 9: Just Show up


Now I know why it is called

UNCONDITIONAL~

not based on CONDITIONS~

because GOD isn't a CONDITION.

HE IS LOVE.

HE is so overly generous

that at times I miss it because I am not still enough.

HE gives PEACE that fills a room

so everyone is experiencing it at the same time.

And all it takes is

for JESUS to be the main guest.

So simple that you think you have to complicate it.

Yesterday, my living room was filled with women~

women I knew and women who I just met for the first time,

yet feels like I have known them my whole life.

JOY filled the room

because everyone's heart was filled with JOY.

Oh there was laughter and there were also tears

as stories were shared,

yet healing tears because there was a GOD story trickling in each one

as HIS HOPE filled the room

because HIS HOPE was in everyone's heart.

It was an outer body experience

as

GOD orchestrated a morning

to gather women together

who had SOMEONE in common,

so they just SHOWED UP

to be with that

SOMEONE

who always SHOWS UP.

So maybe

UNCONDITIONAL is really CONDITIONAL

"And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of HIS return is drawing near" (Hebrews 10:25)

Does that mean that GOD isn't present when we are alone?

Oh we know the answer to that.

But when you join

TOGETHER IN HIM

you get to experience

HIM TOGETHER.

Oh sisters & brothers IN CHRIST

continue to encourage each other IN HIM

&

continue to show up and talk about HIM

together~

"For where two or three are gathered in MY name [meeting together as MY followers],

I am there among them" (Mark 18:20)

I guess you could say

there was a CONDITION

and that CONDITION

was the SOMEONES~

GOD & JESUS & THE HOLY SPIRIT.

Oh if THEY aren't present then there is no story.

If THEY weren't present yesterday

nothing could have produced the

PEACE that transcends all understanding

because of

the unspeakable JOY

that was indescribable.

Oh how

GOD loves the attention,

just as JESUS craves to be invited to the party,

so THE HOLY SPIRIT

just starts jumping up and down with JOY

that fills every person in the room.

UNCONDITIONAL CONDITION~

it all starts with one,

each one of us

to first SHOW UP at the CROSS

and look up to JESUS

who is so very personal

that HE calls us HIS OWN

the moment we release all our CONDITIONAL reasons why

we don't deserve

HIS LOVE

that is lathered with

GRACE

for one and all

in every moment.

For

UNCONDITIONAL LOVE

just drips from the cross for all who COME~

“For GOD so loved the world, that HE gave HIS only SON, that whoever believes

in HIM should not perish but have eternal life" (John 3:16)

Maybe you have COME,

and are just sitting waiting & waiting & waiting.

Maybe you have COME and you are wondering

does HE see me

does HE hear me

does HE really love me.

Maybe you don't want to COME

because you wonder if

HE will receive you

because you know yourself way too well,

and if HE knew you like you knew you

HE wouldn't receive you.

But maybe just maybe

it isn't about what we may feel in the moment

because

HE always feels the same about us

or HE wouldn't have got on the CROSS.

Oh just SHOW UP!

BE STILL with HIM

because

HE is your personal GOD

who has so much to give you

that is beyond your wildest dreams.

Oh read HIS WORD

as your heart is a sponge just waiting to absorb

HIS UNCONDITIONAL LOVE

that drips from the pages.

So thank you to all who

SHOWED UP

yesterday as you came

because

GOD invited you

and you responded

because

HE was ready to party

because

HIS SON was the main guest

because

"The LORD your GOD is with you; HE is mighty to save. HE will take great delight in you, HE will quiet you with HIS love, HE will rejoice over you with singing” (Zephaniah 3:17).

So let's dance & sing & praise HIM

and live IN HIM

because that is

"THE WAY WE WERE MADE" (listen to the song below)







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