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3 Truths about Finding Joy

  How do you define joy?   My favorite definition is one by Kay Warren: “Joy is the settled assurance that God is in control of all the details of my life, the quiet confidence that ultimately everything is going to be alright, and the determined choice to praise God in every situation.”   This… [ read more ]

10 Gifts Our Shepherd Gives Us

  holds a special place in my heart. It says, “The LORD is my shepherd; I have everything I need.”   On my fiftieth birthday, I sat in my backyard with Bible and journal in hand. “God, please give me a theme verse for my next 50 years,” I prayed. Psalm 23:1 instantly came to… [ read more ]

Jesus: Our Only Source of Hope

  I’m writing this from a Polish university dorm room. For the first time since leaving home three weeks ago, I’m sitting in solitude and sipping coffee with no place to go—at least for another hour. Unrushed time with the Lord has not only refreshed my spirit, but it’s also given me time to reflect… [ read more ]

3 Life-Changing Truths about Joy

  How would you define joy?   My favorite definition is one by Kay Warren: “Joy is the settled assurance that God is in control of all the details of my life, the quiet confidence that ultimately everything is going to be alright, and the determined choice to praise God in every situation.”   This… [ read more ]

How Can We Experience Joy When Life’s Hard?

  I’m preparing material for a new retreat package called “Un.shake.able Joy.” The more I study, the more excited I become about the truths in God’s Word and how they’re meant to transform our lives. Here’s a nugget I learned yesterday. The apostle Paul wrote the book of 1 Thessalonians to encourage the believers to… [ read more ]

3 Reasons for Christ-Followers to Celebrate

  This week was my grandson Micah’s second birthday, and we celebrated his special day with cupcakes, gifts, and a hearty round of “Happy Birthday to You.”   Birthdays call for a celebration. So do weddings, anniversaries, job promotions, and the achievement of long-sought-after goals. One can never find too many reasons to throw a… [ read more ]

What Does Holiness Feel Like?

Today I’m posting a guest devotional blog by author Kathy Collard Miller and her husband, Larry Miller. Their new book–Never Ever Be the Same: A New You Starts Today–has just been released, and I look forward to seeing how God is going to use this resource to set people free from destructive behaviour patterns. Kathy’s generously… [ read more ]

Why Easter Brings Joy

Do you remember these lyrics?   I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart Where? Down in my heart Where? Down in my heart I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart Where? Down in my heart to stay! I sang this tune as a kid in Sunday school…. [ read more ]

How Can We Have Joy Even When Our Circumstances Stink?

One of my neighbors radiates joy. Humanly speaking, there’s no logical reason for this 30-something gal to smile as she does. She struggles with chronic illness. Her failing vision has—to a degree—stripped her of independence. Constant pain makes her day-to-day life downright difficult; sometimes she hurts so much that she can barely crawl up the… [ read more ]