"Goobers" and All 

Have you ever looked in the mirror and gasped when you saw something unattractive hanging from your nose? I had been meeting with a group of women and we had been sharing deeply with each other. If it was there the whole time, they would have been viewing it dangling while staying silent about its presence. As I squirmed with the embarrassment at the thought, I had to take a step back and think about our conversation. It had been rich and Holy Spirit inspired, despite something offensive in my appearance. 

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Joy in Becoming New 

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 2 Corinthians 5:17

It can be refreshing to take something old and make it new again. Remodeling a room in your house or or becoming physically fit and strong can bring new purpose, confidence and definitely new joy. 

Why not apply this concept to your spiritual life? As long as we are willing to expose and repent of our old ugly sin and trust God with our heart, He will make us new again. He can take our old…

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Healing for God's Glory 

As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him."  John 9:1-3

As we sat in the doctor’s office and heard the bone defect diagnosis of my son’s knees, I asked the surgeon if it was my fault.  Had I done something or not eaten the right thing while he was in utero and inadvertently caused…

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Joy in God's Presence 

You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and pleasures of living with you forever.  Psalm 16:11

Do you enjoy spending time with God? Do you make your relationship with Him a priority in your day? Just as for a cherished family member or friend, God desires that we get to know Him and spend time in His presence. Whether we study His Word, talk to Him in prayer, or just be silent and listen, God will honor our time with Him and grant us the joy of His presence. Take time with…

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Joy in God's Direction 

Are you facing a choice and are unsure what to do? Invite God into your decision-making process. Seek His character in the Bible and His direction through prayer. Then, “be still in the presence of the Lord and wait patiently for Him to act” (Psalm 37:7). As you spend time in His presence, He will likely make your next step known.  Whether it is a clear direction or simply a restful peace, may you be filled with God’s joy as you trust in His gift of wisdom and discernment.

Joy in New Beginnings 

Did you miss making a New Year’s Resolution?  It’s never too late; our new beginning can start at any time. All we need is an open heart and a desire to make a change. So, what is it that you’d like to change? Jesus came as the change-maker, the One who can facilitate the most radical new beginnings for us all. He promises that anyone who believes in Him can become a new creation. Wouldn’t it be wonderful for someone to take away our old, flawed self and replace it with a new beginning? It can be done…

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Joy in Christmas Dreams 

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17

What is your dream for a perfect Christmas? Does it include peaceful family gatherings, perfectly prepared food, an amazingly decorated home, white snow on the ground, and Santa’s gifts? It’s interesting what we deem to be important and how often we are not satisfied if the reality doesn’t meet our expectations. As we near the season of Advent, take a few…

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Joy in Rest 

A rest area can become an oasis along the highway if fatigued drivers choose to take a break from their journey. Do we heed the call to rest, or push on, becoming even more exhausted along the road? So, too, our life can make us weary as we travel through our days, but God calls us not to harden our hearts to His call, but to listen and respond. When we do that, He promises that He will provide us with rest for our weary souls: There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God;for anyone who

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Joy in Praise 

Just go outside and listen. Do you hear it? It’s the sound of nature praising our Lord and Creator. From the birds singing their song, to the wind rustling through the leaves and the waves crashing on the shore, each one seems to be shouting out their praise.“Let the sea and everything in it shout his praise! Let the fields and crops burst out with joy!  Let the trees of the forest rustle their praise!” (I Chronicles 16:32-33b). Perhaps we should follow their example and join in with their joyous praise…

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Road to Joy Tip: Joy in Laughter 

There is no better way to experience spontaneous joy than through laughter. Studies show that not only is this good medicine, it binds us together with others. And of course, we all know, it is contagious. How can you resist joining in with a baby's giggle? The Bible highlights this gift when God granted Sarah a son in her old age. Naming him Isaac, which means laughter, Sarah said, "God has brought me laughter, and everyone who hears about this will laugh with me." (Genesis 21:6) Look for ways to enjoy…

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