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From Mourning to Dancing

"You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; you have loosed my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness, that my glory may sing your praise and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever!" Psalm 30:11-12, ESV

I stood by in awe while witnessing Heaven on earth in front of me. Our teens were listening to my mama teach about the grace of God and how Jesus redeems our stories. Students all throughout the room were leaning in and listening as my mama shared some broken chapters of her testimony.

Off to the side, one student in particular was weeping while others surrounded her with a comforting embrace. It was cool to see our teens surround one another with love and open arms.

Following the teaching, our worship team took the stage and started playing music as a form of a response time for the teens. Some students stood with their arms raised, others sat in silence as they processed the teaching, and others were grouped up holding one another. My eyes drifted to the back of the room and witnessed Psalm 30:11-12 come to life.

The student who had been weeping just moments ago, was now dancing joyfully for the King. It was the most beautiful thing I had witnessed the entire weekend. My eyes started to tear up, and I began praising God for creating a space where His creation can go from mourning to dancing, from sadness to gladness, and from silence to praise. The God we serve is a good God.

If anything, this is an encouraging reminder that the throne of our King is open to all responses. God is not intimidated by our weeping, mourning, joyful dancing, or praising. God welcomes all we have as a faithful offering at His feet.

So, approach God with all you have, no matter what that looks like today. God will meet you where you are and love you all the same.

*My third book, Will I Always Feel This Way? focuses on Mental Illness and releases on May 9 for Mental Health Awareness Month*

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