The Path to Joy
We were looking forward to a fun evening together as a family. We were going to get to see a sloth! There was popcorn, face-painting and even the red carpet.
We went to the movie premiere for Amazon Arising – Joy in the Jungle. The movie took us on a journey with Jungle Jen as she traveled to remote areas in the Amazon to share the love of Christ.
Things didn’t always go as planned, and her days could be quite complicated. The weather didn’t always cooperate, and yet with each complication or delay, she persevered. She kept her eye on the prize. She trusted God to provide and protect. It was an incredible testimony of faith and passion.
After the movie, Jungle Jen spoke and she encouraged us to do whatever God is calling us to do. She told us to stand out and follow our passion. Many people came forward for prayer. As the prayers were lifted, the musicians sang their three songs from the movie.
That was over a month ago, and I am still amazed at how much that experience has impacted me. I have listened to those three songs on repeat. I’ve thought about how Jen kept going, in spite of all of the bumps in the road. Her journey was not easy, and yet her joy was contagious. She was living her passion and she loved it.
She found joy in the jungle of the Amazon. Where do you find joy?
Where is my joy and do I relentlessly to pursue it? When I experience pushback or an inconvenience what is my response? What if it is risky? Am I willing to stand out and be uncomfortable for Christ? Do I get off track when things get complicated? Are my eyes on the prize and do I trust Him to provide and protect?
My One Word for 2018 is JOY and my verse is Psalm 16:11 NIV:
You make known to me the path of life;
you will fill me with joy in your presence,
with eternal pleasures at your right hand.
As I was listening to the three songs, and thinking about all that was stirring in my heart – the lyrics came together and echoed this verse for me.
Papa’s Song by Susan Valles: “Go and tell for me my child”
Rain Down by Laura Stavlas: “Soak me in the wonder of your presence”
Anthem by Melanie Sykes: “Joy is rising up now”
The Path to Joy is to follow Jesus.
Instead, You direct me on the path that leads to a beautiful life. As I walk with You, the pleasures are never-ending, and I know true joy and contentment. Psalm 16:11 VOICE
Where is your Joy?
If you get the chance to see “Amazon Arising – Joy in the Jungle” don’t miss it! You will be inspired! The next screening is on February 11th in Wilmington, NC at Myrtle Grove Baptist Church at 6pm.
For more information visit Jen’s website: https://www.standoutministries.com
Anthem by Melanie Sykes
Rain Down by Laura Stavlas
Papa’s Song by Susan Valles
That must have been such an unforgettable, spirit-lifting experience, Michelle. I love the searching questions you ask. I need to ask them of myself, too. Your word for this year is such a great one to search out and work towards! I long with you – “Soak me in the wonder of Your presence.” Have a joy-filled 2018! Love and hugs to you!