Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory! Peter 1:8 My mother is the reason there is any culture in my life at all. She has always been a lover of music, a fairly diverse music lover. We … Continue reading My Joy
I will shout for joy and sing your praises, for you have ransomed me. ~Psalm 71:23 I remember jumping up and down to the words “I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart/down in my heart to stay” as a small child in Sunday school. I sang and jumped because that … Continue reading Joy is Everywhere
"When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy." Matthew 2:10 In preparation to write about joy this week, I did a simple search for “joy complete” and found several scripture references that touched my heart. You see, of all the fruit of the spirit, I find that joy is the one I have … Continue reading Follow the Star
"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope." Romans 15:13 What is true joy? If you had asked me years ago to define joy, I would have said it meant extreme happiness.This was my working definition … Continue reading Joy, Joy, Joy, Joy Down in My Heart…
for the joy of the Lord is your strength. Nehemiah 8:10 There are moments in our lives when time seems to stand still. Swinging that tassel across the top of the cap and stepping from the hurts of the past few years into your bright and promising new future. Standing picturesque at the altar in your white gown holding a beautiful … Continue reading Hallmark Moments
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:6-7 The New Testament is full of baffling promises like this one. … Continue reading Peace, the Mind-Blowing Kind
For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. Ephesians 6:15 NLT The shoes written about here were likely those of a Roman soldier. They would have been leather much like sandals. They had laces up the front for getting the right fit and openings … Continue reading Perfect Peace
Have you ever wondered who you were before whatever happened happened that hurt you enough to change who you were? As I was thinking on this question, I asked my husband what hurt changed me the most? I can tell you to the day what hurt changed him. But to have perspective and see your … Continue reading Who Were You Before Hurt?