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My Good Friday/The Joy of Obedience

I don’t feel like it, I thought. Besides I no longer have the mike my friend, Julie, let me use before since she lent it to someone else and couldn’t get it back in time. How would I be heard … Continue reading

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The Joy of the Lord

Lately I’ve got caught in grieving over losses in my life. If I stay too long on contemplating these losses, it can lead to depression and even despondency. What brings me back to the place of joy is to think … Continue reading

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Restored Joy

This past Saturday while attending the Seminole Sound Spectacular, I took a train of thought that brought me to a place of overwhelming sorrow and then tears. This had to do with sadness over an individual rejecting what I had … Continue reading

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Learning To Savor

Recently as I was thinking about how I could eat less and get my weight back under control, these words came to mind. “Savor the flavor.” I realized that often lately when I ate, I gulped food down quickly, not … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas, Nick guest blog by Debbie Nelis

Today I have a guest blog from Debbie Nelis who lost her son to suicide at the age of 17 in August 2009. Her life and ministry shows how God can bring joy in the midst of tragedy and use our most tragic … Continue reading

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Restoring Joy

Recently I allowed a rejection to rob me of joy. I felt myself sinking into the pit of self-pity, preoccupation with my hurt, and negative thinking like “There is no hope in this situation.” The truth that invaded my thinking … Continue reading

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Raising Your Joy Level

Lately I’ve been thinking of a phrase a Bible leader told me awhile ago. She said, “If your joy level is going down, it’s time to repent.” I do sense joy diminishing in my life. And I’ve been repenting—of having … Continue reading

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Arise And Shine

Lately I’ve been thinking back to years ago when I felt really depressed. Back in those days I went to work as a nurse, but then I’d come home, go to bed and stay there. I withdrew from associating with … Continue reading

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That’s Why He Came

I confess on some past Christmases I have given in to sadness. Celebrating has seemed difficult. There are two reasons for this. One has been because I have been facing difficult times during the Christmas season. Life wasn’t going according to my … Continue reading

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Be Still

“Be still works miracles” I read on the sign at a church near my home during my early morning walk. As I walked closer I saw that I had misread. The sign said, “He still works miracles.” What the sign … Continue reading

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