Her bubbling laughter caused us to celebrate along with our 3-year-old toddler! In her exuberance, she danced with delight while twirling her new stuffed animal. Nothing more than a toy monkey, Mr. Bim became a daily favorite companion of our youngest daughter. She skipped; jumped for joy, ran, sang and played continually with this new found friend. No matter how badly she treated him as she dragged him through the house, he continued to sport that sly, savvy smile on his sweet little face. He almost seemed to take pleasure in her happiness.
I am reminded of how the Lord rejoices over us in as He observes our day by day activities. He is not offended if we dance and leap before Him with an artless, spontaneous dance of praise.
This might be news for some, but God is not insulted if we don’t always kneel when we pray. Yes, if we had to wait until we had time to kneel, not much prayin’ would get done. In fact if we were to actually practice “praying with-out ceasing”, we would just go about our daily duties while keeping an attitude of praise on our lips. Who knows, we might even find that there’s newly added pep in our step!
Consider this - - - if leaping is too much for you, how about just doing some steps in place as you worship the Lord? At least it’s a place to start! I hope you will dance before the Lord as a leap of faith! And if not a leap, at least a hop once in a while!
The Scriptures remind us to be happy and glad no matter what our circumstances.
Luke 6:23 Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven:
Zephaniah 3:17 The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over you with joy; He will rest in his love, He will joy over you with singing.
Jeremiah 32:41 Yes, I will rejoice over them to do them good, and I will plant them in this land assuredly with my whole heart and with my whole soul.
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