It had been a long day at the home office and I decided to take a break. Facing deadlines, fixing problems and relational conflicts have taken their toll and I just didn’t want to fight it anymore. I’ll pick it back up in a minute.
Most of us in truth fight battles everyday. Oh, my battles may look a little different than yours, but the underlying theme is the same. Feel bad, worry, condemnation, press on my reserves, live in fear, diminish my faith, steal my joy and my personal favorite, overwhelm my soul.
So, what do I do when after I “Raise a Halleluiah”, bind the enemy, cast my care and claim scripture verses?
I recently traveled for business to Nashville, Tennessee. It was really the first time I had ever stayed away alone. Completely alone. When I tell you that hotel room was a lonely box, I mean it was awful. I prayed all the way over, and I even had others pray for me, and yet my eyes couldn’t help but see the sterile orange and gray walls before me. “Oh Lord, get me through these three days.”
I knew I had to face this and I couldn’t leave. There would be times of isolation when not attending my training, so something amazing came to my mind. Jackie, change the atmosphere of the room. I know it sounds crazy but I took out my most favorite clothing pieces and hung them on the outside of the door, I displayed my costume jewelry like it was on display at an outdoor French market. (put away of course when I had to leave the room) I opened the pages of my favorite magazines to inspiring photographs and piled my books, notebooks and bible on the bedside table as if they were being displayed on the most opulent bookcase. Praise music and Christian teaching filled the air 24/7 through the day and night. I changed the atmosphere and was able to do what was hard to do…stay.
You might say “Who would go to that kind of trouble” This girl! Why? Because God gives us the grace to do what is hard.
Jesus changed the atmosphere from storms to peace with one word. He changed the atmosphere at a wedding when it looked like everyone might go home. He changed the atmosphere on the darkest day of his life and came back resurrected in power.
You know what? God’s love will always intersect our hardest days. His sustaining power, his amazing grace gives us what we need to face those not so fun days and no matter what it looks like, we always have the power to change it.
Jackie Tinkler is the Co-Founder and Ministry Development Director of Something More and lives in Birmingham, Alabama. She has been ministering to women for 20 years as a Women’s Ministry Director, Counselor and Producer. She is co-writing a Women’s Small Group Study “Something Beautiful” and when not leading women to freedom can be found worshipping at Church of the Highlands, decorating her friends’ homes, enjoying time with her family and chocolate lab Nelson or sitting in the balcony at the Alabama Theatre.