Article Library of Christian Thoughts · September 20, 2017
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At the 10th annual JOY Breakfast, Connie Carey shared her story of how she embraced hope in the midst of loss and despair and encouraged us to replace the if onlys with truth, strength and hope.
For many years, Cari Bousfield did not take to heart what the Bible said about her. After years of struggling, she is beginning to realize her value as a daughter of the King.
Ecclesiastes 3 speaks of a time for everything. When you look over your life, how do you see this play out?
Letting one word grab you and guide your steps through the year is one way to stretch, grow and honor God - and maybe even reflect His Light.
Shelter. That’s the word that perfectly demonstrates where I need to be right now, this year, in my life.
Resilience is a quality I’ve lacked my entire life, but in God I can withstand change, uncertainty, and chaos.
Instead of a long list of resolutions, choose one word as your yearly focus for personal change, growth and clarity.
Our JOY Bloggers were quite the group of prolific writers in 2014, churning out 42 posts. Here we recap the most popular articles from each of them.
When change brings loss and disappointment, and inspiration is hard to be found, remember that God is constant and the source of eternal hope.
We all sow seeds of leadership every single day, whether we envision ourselves as leaders or not. Every single decision we make in a day, whether nonchalant or heartfelt, has the power to mold our very character and exert an impact on those surrounding us.
What does it mean to make God famous? When we strive to make God famous we proclaim His goodness, grace and mercy to all the world. People sense, see and feel God's Spirit dwelling within us, and they want that same power, peace, joy and forgiveness for their lives.
Our daily minutes and hours are to be wisely redeemed for something worthwhile. When we ask the right questions of our time, we learn to make choices that help us live wisely. Good questions help us pause and prayerfully reflect on how we not only spend our time but redeem our time.
JOY International is looking to bring on a few more bloggers. Whether you'd like to be a guest blogger, or sign on for a three-month commitment, we'd love to hear what you have to say.
What does the word hope mean to you? One definition I have seen for hope is Having Only Positive Expectations. When we put our hope in God, we can always trust that events will turn out for the best. Chances are they may not turn out how we want them to, but the all-knowing God, who knows what is best for us, will have such events turn out according to His will - His will, not ours! When we have H.O.P.E. in God, we are truly Having Only Positive Expectations.
Take some time to reflect on what it is that leaves you wanting to be a better person. Nurture those things and thank God for them. As you learn to appreciate the special things God has given you, you will learn to be inspired by God in your everyday life.
God has a plan for women in 2011. He wants us to live a blessed life! There is a blessing recorded in Numbers 6:24-26 that gives us the key to living a blessed life. This is God's idea, coming out of His loving and good heart.
"Job well done!" is what we all like to hear after the completion of an assignment, task or project. Those three brief words will leave you with a warm feeling of satisfaction and success. Each step we complete serves as the rung to allow us a foothold to our next place of advancement. Read more inside...
I believe that this will be the year of the Holy Spirit: a year of an abundance of God's presence, His fruitfulness, and the birthing of many spectacular blessings, accomplishments, gifts, ministries, and most importantly, a great harvest of souls for Christ. I believe we are going to experience a new dimension in God that we've never seen before! Will you believe that with me? Join me in looking forward to reaping the harvest God has promised and walking into a supernatural season of the fruitfulness of God! Let me briefly share with you a few things that I believe will help you as you journey into your season and experience the great harvest that God has awaiting you. Find out more inside...
How can we as preachers help to lighten the load of our parishioners if we are in dismay because of precious memories of how it used to be? This is a critical time of decline in our nations and people are looking for hopeful solutions in dreadful pollution. I believe we can lift the bar of depression and lift the hearts of many negative minded people through our influence and words of encouragement. Find out how inside...
Christmas lights, candy canes, gift wrapping paper, the tune of Christmas carols in the grocery store, the buying of presents, and the aroma of cakes and pies, are just a few of the things that people often declare gets them in the "Christmas spirit." So let me ask you, what gets you in the "Christmas spirit?" Is it the coolness of the December air? Is it the anticipation of hoping the gadget or diamond ring you just seen on that TV commercial is awaiting you? Is it the thrill of seeing your children's face light up as they open their gifts? Read more inside...
For many of us, saying no is one of the biggest challenges we face. How do we learn to stop trying to do everything so we can do well the few things God has called us to do? Here are some strategies that have worked for me...Find out more inside!
The Bible warns us about the dangers of looking to temporary diversions to satisfy deep-seated needs. Isaiah 55:2 asks bluntly, “Why spend money on what is not food? Why work for what does not satisfy you? Listen carefully to me. Then you will eat what is good. You will enjoy the richest food there is” (NIRV). In other words, why waste time and money gorging yourself on empty calories that will never fill you up? Why run yourself ragged chasing after frivolous things that fade away? Find out what's best for you inside...