28 Jan What is ThouArtExalted?
ThouArtExalted is filming a promotional trailer for the purpose of exposing the heart behind the ministry. This is not an easy task! My creative brain goes into a tailspin just thinking about the different aspects of TAE. How in heaven’s name can we embrace the mission of serving Tweens, Teens, and Women in one sentence? How can we find the common denominator for Art, Speaking, Writing, Creating, and Designing? How do we tell the story of my passion behind the purpose of TAE?
God gave me the word this morning: HOPE.
I was blessed this weekend by leading a group of women from #Trinitywomenct in Groton. The conference theme was #PLANTED based on my Women’s Bible Study. When the ladies checked in, they were each given an envelope with a special Scripture prayed over for them. The above picture was my verse.
Romans 15:13: “MAY the God of HOPE FILL YOU with ALL JOY and PEACE as you TRUST in Him, so that you may OVERFLOW with HOPE by the POWER of the Holy Spirit.”
Please read this slowly. Read several times emphasizing the capitalized words, one by one.
MAY. It’s not “CAN” . . . We have to allow God’s Peace to fill us. This is an everyday choice.
HOPE. God is the author of HOPE. A hope that does not disappoint. This hope is the confident expectation of our eternal salvation as well as the everyday hope that your life and your circumstances are working for GOOD. “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28). They might not look good. But Almighty God is working them for good. I think a lot of us need to hear this today. We think seeing is believing. God wants us to believe first in order to see. This takes trust.
FILL. Filling to the fullest measure. This hope is so full, we are overflowing with Peace and Joy! Who doesn’t want this kind of Hope?
YOU. Ah, yes. God’s hope is individual. He fills YOU specifically with the peace and joy you need tailoring to your personal circumstances.
ALL. Covering everything. Complete. Leaving nothing exposed.
JOY. Gladness. The joy of knowing God’s HOPE always and completely fills over our lives, no matter what we are going through.
PEACE. The sense of safety and security knowing we are protected under the loving care of God.
TRUST. Believing and entrusting our lives and circumstances to God. Surrendering. Giving up our agendas. Oh, so hard.
OVERFLOW. A hope so abundant you cannot contain it!
POWER. This word is: dynamos, where we get the word DYNAMITE! Oh, you bet God’s Holy Spirit has some divine power!
Holy Spirit. The third person in the Trinity. The Spirit that leads us, councils over us, guides us, seals us as His forever, and reminds us of the abundant overflow of HOPE that we have access to . . . everyday.
What a powerful exercise!
My purpose for spending time, energy, and creativity designing Bible Studies for Tween, Teens, and Women is to give you this HOPE through the power of God’s Word. ThouArtExalted’s purpose to light the fire of God’s passion through creativity and personal discovery. My Bible Studies are designed to empower and equip you with a personal, on-going, and applicable relationship with the Lord. This application is not for intellectual knowledge but to take into the ballet studio, the soccer field, the kitchen, the classroom, the laundry room, the operating room, the court room, the living room, or the locker room. TAE’s ART component is the visual reminder of our learning, not to mention the therapeutic value. Art invites fellowship, fun, creativity, laughter, healing, vulnerability, and honesty. After all, the fifth Word in Scriputre is CREATE! “In the beginning, God created . . . “(Genesis 1:1).
TAE’s soul purpose is to offer God’s overflowing, unending, joy-filled, peace-filled, trust-filled, creative, applicable . . . HOPE.
After begin in ministry for 22 years, HOPE in Jesus is the one thing I know ALL of us need. No matter our age, color, gender, social class or political beliefs, we all need God’s HOPE.
Nothing else will satisfy. Nothing.
My prayer for all of us today is this: “MAY the God of HOPE FILL YOU with ALL JOY and PEACE as you TRUST in Him, so that you may OVERFLOW with HOPE by the POWER of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13).
Trust in His HOPE today.
I can’t wait to unveil the video. We start filming next week.
Love you and praying for overflowing JOY!