Joel (Matador) Posted Videos!

Hey if you are tracking with Joel Quiñones’ hike, feel free to click on THIS LINK HERE or “Watch Joel’s Hike” in the right margin on your computer or at the bottom on your phone and you will be brought to Joel’s youtube channel and watch from DAY 1!

You can also follow Joel on his @outinthewild.life instagram account as well. He’s posting stories when he gets signal!

He’s making it through Smoky National Park right now, some 220 miles in. His knee is giving him problems so please pray for encouragement, strength, and healing! Hope you are well! Thanks so much! Blessings!

Adventures of Life Update

Joel, my husband, is about to begin his Appalachian Trail hike in a few days. Keep up to date with these new adventures of his heart by clicking on his new Youtube channel link in the sidebar of our happyreign.com website. His channel name is Out in the Wild. Every spare thought and dream of his drifts in the direction of the trail.

I have a number of work adventures continuing to unfold. I may share more on this in the future but am thankful for any prayer regarding some new good works being established to help people. This note was brief but our love is strong for each of you whether we have met or not and we wish you the best as this season of destiny breaks open and continues to unfold. Blessings!

Change is in the Air

I promise this piece is not about a new administration, but that new administration is part of what I’m referring to. I love to write about what I observe. Within the last two months there are 8 significant people in my life that are having significant shifts in jobs regarding their long labor of love, destinies, and increase in authority and influence. This is a new season! I observe things but never think about naming them because I know their purpose is as transient as the wind in God’s work in orchestrating the hearts of men. “Upgrade” sounds cheesy and christian dumb but it is all that is coming to mind. I also know that overtime, faithful labor commonly results in reward increase, its just natural in the flow of life, but I’m telling you I don’t talk to a bunch of people and when eight of them are experiencing this how can one miss it?!?

I LOVE change. I love risk. I love the undetermined and the uncertain. It feels like traveling but I don’t even leave town. Ironically we did abruptly leave town to care for some family, but often when there is significant change God peels my whiny-souled fingers from gripping anything tightly and I recognize his hand taking mind and relax once again to rest in watching him work, only aiming to be authentic to myself and what I communicate in the process, being sure to never never never manipulate an outcome. Who wants to be the disappointing Saul as he ascended into leadership? No one. Manipulating the affections of men, feels stinky to my soul and if anything I have to intentionally avoid swinging too much in the opposite direction and not shut down my authenticity in some way.

One thing I do know is that I sure appreciate the verses that relatively say. God is in control over bringing about the calling on your life and the purposes of why you were made. I don’t even know why I’m made or what the point of everything is, but I do know what it feels like to spend my days executing things I am especially competent for or excited about. I hope you are operating in your niche. Don’t worry about what that looked like in past seasons, you’re not meant to carry your yesterday identity into today if God’s not calling for it. I often remember old versions of myself but those illusions don’t exist now. They used to, but are intangible. Just think how much bs I no longer put up with because of this glorious wisdom I came across through grand failure?

All I keep trying to focus on seasons of change like this is operating out of love. What else really matters? God is going to position us where he wants us. There will be challenges that are uncomfortable –that’s called growth by the way. But what can I control? How I interact with people and how I carry my heart regarding people in my internal world. How kind can I be? What does extravagant kindness cost me? Does love really cover all in my life? If so, where doesn’t love cover all in my relationships with other people? Don’t get me wrong, in my tired moments or sensitive areas, I can still be a jerk, but often even that is magnified in my head and is a position of my heart I have to change my mind about because it’s obviously not working, or at the very least, not fun.

If you are going through uncertain change, know you are not alone, there is a wave you are riding that you cannot control, and you have been prepared for this. Take rest in his sovereignty, his plans, and his goodness, whether or not you understand it or whether or not you have the answers you want right now.  Blessings!

The Greatest Commandment

We live in a world, in an unseen kingdom, where the person that created this world, this dimension, set a primary ground rule for our temporary existence. The greatest commandment is to love, full stop. The greatest rule to follow, admonish to strive to implement, is a feeling, it gives me the identity that I am a source of love. And I have the ability to direct it wherever I want or don’t want to. When I woke up today this thought undid me. My greatest commandment in life is to love. It’s not to defend or protect or fight or shout, it’s in my heart without anybody being able to see or know, but He Himself is to love him. There’s no controlling dictation for its expression, no outline of what my power to love must look like or that it even must be expressed. I love the complete offensiveness of our real freedom. No ability to quantify, copy, meet any external expectation, because if any of that existed those would for sure be met, but they wouldn’t matter because the ONLY thing that matters here in this command, is the existence of love, loving affection, towards the one who created me. . . for love.

This command to love is expanded to include every single territory that exists in all of your unseen world where you live and have complete control every day; the entire universe we exist in beyond our physical body. Your heart, your soul, your mind. All of these things have undefinable walls. Whatever world that exists inside you, enjoyable or not at the moment, the purpose of this space, this area is TO LOVE. The greatest commandment you’ve been given is to love, to be a lover. You begin this life knowing someone loves your affection, your attention, your time, you longings, your hopes, dreams, and self.

God chose to be vulnerable one first, unafraid of rejection, unafraid of our misunderstanding him, he said I want you to love me. I love when you love me. You will be most satisfied in all those unseen places when you love me. You will come to know yourself best when you love me. It will be enjoyable this way. This is a light burden, it is not heavy to carry. This is my invitation to peace and rest and joy and purpose for you. Love me. Love me with all of yourself. Anything you withhold from my love will spoil in your possession, in your fear, in your restraint, it will not go well for you in your own holding back apart from my love. Today, in this moment, apart from all other externals, inside the internal universe that IS YOU, love me. Love me with all of yourself, don’t hold back, don’t be afraid, do not limit your own capacity to love me. How big can this get, how big can this grow, how enjoyable can this become. Find your place, find your peace, and LOVE ME.