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Joy is a sign of Strength!

September 16, 2011

I love music.  Good music.  It gets me where I need to go…and in this house I need to go go.

I married a drummer turned guitarist.  We have a room devoted to instruments.

So after the first time I have ever heard good music come out of the little church we visit…I went up to the twenty something girl with the guitar….

“Wow best music I have ever heard here,” I said enthused that a new tide had come in and things may change.

She smiled

and then in a prepared tone,

“Oh it’s not me….”she said looking down with a canned smile.


I remarked, “I know I know…”

wistfully I gave her another chance,

“yes but I have waited so long for good music…”

She shook her head and looked down

as she knew she was supposed  to

“I just play”…

the way she had seen others respond….

false humilty.

There was no strength…no joy.

No joy of the Lord was her strength… all false humility about “me” and  “I”… no glory given…just trained false humility.

You know the routine… you have been taught….it’s not her fault…we all trained her to take no joy.

To have no strength in the Lord.

To take only weakness and claim “Me” and “I” in a pseudo humility that gives no glory but only talks about ourselves.

This tide needs to change again… We need to rejoice!

We need the joy of the Lord to be our strength.

Because when we go the way of false humility we shut others down from the joy of the Lord

..the strength…

we turn the conversation to us….

and instead rejoicing in the fact that we are being used…

we are co-creating… we have relationship

I am amazed that God has so much to do and yet He takes time




to hang out

with me.

The Joy of the Lord IS my strength and I am Dang proud of it!

Did you write a 5 Minute Friday or art to include over at Studio Jr? Please leave a comment so I can find you art…whatever it may be!!!! Loving Fridays a little more each week!!~T

24 Comments leave one →
  1. September 16, 2011 12:15 pm

    My favorite post. I love the “calling out of” false humility and the pics of the crab crawling back in it’s hole. I pray that girl gets some revelation and confidence in what she really is being used for….

  2. September 16, 2011 12:36 pm

    Beautiful post. May HE use you to bring her Joy. I can only imagine how that could change the heart of the church. Praising Him is so essential to who He’s called us to be.

    • September 16, 2011 6:42 pm

      That’s a really good point.
      I hope I can inspire younger women to shake off that false humility…
      I don’t know quite how I would convey that to her.

  3. September 16, 2011 12:44 pm

    I so agree with you! I have taught others in the counseling room that true humility is agreeing with God…if He has made you with a talent and you are using it to His glory, a “thank you” and “isn’t He good!” is a much better response! Thank you for this great post!…

  4. September 16, 2011 12:51 pm

    This is a great post…maybe it hits me because just the other day a friend called me out…she gave me a compliment and I did that thing…what she saw was joy…yes it is His joy…but in my response I did not rejoice in the fact that He was visible…for that I should have done a cartwheel…well that could have been interesting…a whole new level of humbling:)
    Thanks… I love when God speaks something to my heart and He speaks the same truth in different way.
    Blessings…have a great weekend at the beach.

  5. September 16, 2011 2:20 pm

    “We need the joy of the Lord to be our strength”. Perfectly put. Thanks for this inspiring post ‘T’.


  6. September 16, 2011 3:17 pm

    beautiful post….and so true!
    The joy of the Lord is my strength…AMEN!!

  7. September 16, 2011 6:56 pm

    A beautiful reminder, thank you. Yes, and so very yes, the joy of the LORD is our strength! Thank you Jesus!
    Blessings xo,

  8. September 17, 2011 1:16 am

    Great post – I thought of that verse today too. I love the way you put it, false humility does make it about us instead of about Him. It is time to stop that, isn’t it?!

    • September 17, 2011 8:17 am

      sure is!
      I am guilty of it along with everyone else.
      Somewhere as humans we pick it up as an attribute…and it totally is not!

  9. September 17, 2011 2:39 am

    may we encourage each other to have real joy … loved this!

  10. September 17, 2011 7:47 am

    Wonderful post, thank you. Thank you also for your comments on my blog. I think it’s good to be (gently) passionate about the gifts and joys God gives us. Sometimes we need others to help us recognise them. He has made each of us unique and we need to receive and rejoice in that.

  11. CindyWaldrop permalink
    September 17, 2011 8:15 am

    Trained humility…yes. Your words moved me and resonated long after the read. I wrestle with how do I pass it along to my daughter – the trueness of God’s gifts and strengths? Am I practicing true humility right so she sees?

    Thank you for this.

    All thru Him,

    • September 17, 2011 8:23 am

      Oh I do to! I am right there with you.
      After hearing this on the beach… I was just feeling so watchful of how I do this with my own daughters.
      Because somewhere along our growth we go from being gracious when someone compliments…to false humility.
      I want my daughters…and all my sons too… to be assured and walk with strength.
      I am SO glad you brought this up here !
      PLEASE please come back, you are thought provoking.

  12. September 17, 2011 11:00 am

    This made me sad.
    I love your pretty art work.
    I hope she finds the joy in her beautiful music that is a gift from God soon!

  13. September 17, 2011 11:11 am

    A hearty amen to that! Well said.

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