I hurt, and at times I’m quite unhappy with God’s will for my life. I will not lie. It’s not like He doesn’t already know the things I wish weren’t so… But Happiness and Joy are not in and of the same. They are very different, indeed. Happiness is based on happenstance and is fleeting. It’s circumstantial, at best. Joy is a Fruit of the Spirit, and it grows in the fertile ground of ashes. It flourishes in the showers of the abundance of tears rained upon it. It bears the bloom of peace in the most hostile climates, and it’s roots are ever gripped and clinging to the ONLY LOVE that Saves! I once heard it said that Joy is “Peace, dancing.” It takes the absence of happiness to sometimes be aware of the fullness of Joy. I may be happy tomorrow, and if I am, so I’ll be… But if by happenstance I should not feel the airy lightheartedness of happiness… I will still have the fullness of Joy, and with that God will have again turned my mourning into dancing.
Oh, how I love and need Jesus every moment of every hour of every day… And I may not feel happy all the time, but I am His forever!!! This so sweet to trust in Jesus!
” I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.”
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TYPHOON HAIYAN VIDEO
Hi Friends… This is personal to me. For those of you I have not had the pleasure of meeting personally, I want to express that disaster relief is something my husband and I are very passionate about. My husband, Tim, is the man in the green shirt that is narrating part of this video. He has the privilege of overseeing Parakletos International, a Disaster Relief Org. of Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa. Please read below and please watch the video. Our world is so much bigger than what’s going on in the little sphere around us… Yet it’s small enough that when one has a need, we should be there to help the other out.
So, please take a few minutes to view this video that was just released about Calvary Chapel’s response to the typhoon. Then please pass it on. We are once again in a very strategic position and have been embraced by the local government. We, by God’s grace, have a huge opportunity to step into the lives of these victims and share the hope that helps us through each day. I know this is a time when most of us are thinking about family and the holidays, but please pray about how we might be able to make this Christmas something special for those families, who were also getting ready for this same holiday, but now have nothing…
Please keep those serving in your prayers. Most importantly, keep those who are hurting and grieving and have lost not just all earthly possessions, but have also lost beloved family members, friends and pets. It’s a tragic time indeed… And now they are faced with monumental trials ahead of trying to rebuild a life from the bottom up with nothing to start with. The simplest things are no longer available. Pray too how you can help. Many blessings!
Only Lucy could get me to look at the crack of dawn with a semi-smile on my face. It was a bright golden Lucy morning. God new I needed her this week.
When wrestling with affliction there is no way to grasp or truly comprehend the “Why” factor. Yet, in the throws of pain and the anguish of night after night, turning into week after week, becoming month after month… and then to our horror and heartbreaking disappointment, months become years… We are still plagued with the question as great as our illness. Why? Continue reading
If everyone helped, there wouldn’t be a lack. Give from a place of humility, because you had nothing to do with what country you were born in and to which family you were born. By the same token, don’t rip things out of others hands and think it’s your right to to distribute their things. Its not. Let every man be accountable before God for his own choices. We can encourage, but we don’t own one another. The minute I decide I own the right to your pocket book, or vote that the government should take it, I have either taken you into slavery, or sold you. Let’s each be accountable to one another in brotherly love, esteeming one another as better than the other… not selling one another off. Let’s not think that we are giving out of the goodness of our own hearts, but rather, we are giving because of the great goodness our God has demonstrated towards us, and has put it within our hearts to do. For HE alone is good, and He is the giver of all good things. Let’s be imitators of Him, and we love Him because He first loved us and taught us to love. He also said that pure and undefiled religion is to visit widows and orphans in their distress. Let’s follow Him. He’s given ample instruction. If we heed, we will bear much fruit, and it will bring Him glory, because for myself, I know what I am outside of Christ… I am a loser. Thankfully, I’ve been saved and found in Him. Glory! ~ Amie Wylie
“Right about the time I start thinking God must tire of me, I see these little characters He’s created that I never grow weary of, and in a thousand words I could not describe one minute of their lives. I never bore of their constant presence and how accustom they’ve become to depend on my resources (which are God’s)… And I’m reminded… God says that I’m worth more than many sparrows. I tire of myself, but I do not think God grows weary of me. I think my greatest enemy would stop at nothing to keep me fearing that my God is against me and looks on me with distain and dissatisfaction… But my God will not allow that either. My God is Love… Perfect Love… and Perfect Love casts out fear.”