I know a thing or two about atmospheres. My wife knows more about my atmosphere than I do. My kids know when my atmosphere is toxic. My work colleagues know when my tolerance level is low. My friends know when I’m under the pump. Sound familiar?
Our atmospheres are impossible to hide. They follow us around and tell tales to all who encounter us! Even the least discerning among us will get a ‘vibe’, particularly if it’s bad!
My wife Fran was the one who let me in on this little truth. I had opened up a discussion around creating a positive atmosphere in our home only to be confronted by the inconvenient and uncomfortable reality,
“The atmosphere is fine until you walk in the door!”
Confession time for me. I spent quite some years thinking that she was the problem. I became an expert at concluding what was wrong in her world, which meant I never had to address my own. Now she had nailed it. I had an atmospheric issue that was affecting her.
I have been a follower and lover of Jesus for many years, and I know that when I asked Jesus into my life and accepted his gift of forgiveness, Holy Spirit came to live inside me.
John 16:7 AMP
“But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the [a] Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor—Counselor, Strengthener, Standby) will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him (the Holy Spirit) to you [to be in close fellowship with you].”
He has been living inside me ever since. Not only that but when Jesus left to be with the Father after his resurrection he had this to say,
John 14:27 NASB
“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.”
So, how do I cultivate a positive atmosphere?
The answer is simple, yet one of the most challenging of concepts. The key is in the tiniest of words, ‘let’. I let the Holy Spirit and the peace that Jesus promised manifest, firstly in me and then I release it to all that I encounter.
Let God do it. Let Him have His way.
Rest in His peace. Rest in His love.
God, my shepherd!
I don’t need a thing.
You have bedded me down in lush meadows,
you find me quiet pools to drink from.
True to your word,
you let me catch my breath
and send me in the right direction.
Even when the way goes through
I’m not afraid
when you walk at my side.
Your trusty shepherd’s crook
makes me feel secure.
You serve me a six-course dinner
right in front of my enemies.
You revive my drooping head;
my cup brims with blessing.
Your beauty and love chase after me
every day of my life.
I’m back home in the house of God
for the rest of my life.
Andee Sellman is the founder of Land Of Seven Rivers.
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