Where Does our Strength Come From?

Our attitude impacts what we do—even if we're trying to do a good deed. Sometimes, we have to do things that we don't really want to do or deal with situations that we'd really rather not, and the stress or anticipation can cause us to be anxious, angry, or even resentful. But when our hearts … Continue reading Where Does our Strength Come From?

Free From all Fears

There is no doubt that the general feeling in the world today is anxiety; people are worried about their future, and rightly so. The US political election is at hand and people are confused, not sure who to believe, doubtful that America will ever heal. But God still owns the land and He is still … Continue reading Free From all Fears

Turning Negative into Joy!

With all the chaos that surrounds us now, it's getting easy to become part of negative discussions that bring fear and unrest. We need to be aware of what's going on, but it shouldn't become our social focal point. Our focus should be on Jesus and all that He has done for us, for all … Continue reading Turning Negative into Joy!

Joy Comes in the Morning

There is a big difference between Joy and Happiness, and too often we confuse them. Happiness is a temporal state of the mind; joy is a permanent condition of the heart. Happiness is the result of our emotions being satisfied; joy is the everlasting imprint on our heart that gives us strength. We may go … Continue reading Joy Comes in the Morning

the Crown Before the Cross

Many Christians feel that they are entitled to blessings and rewards from God because they're Christians.  They focus more on what they’ll get from God than on what they'll do for God.  They put the crown before the cross! God does bless us now, and He will give us rewards and crowns one day, but … Continue reading the Crown Before the Cross

Desires of the Heart

We all know the Scripture in Psalm 37:4 that says, "Delight yourself also in the Lord and He shall give you the desires of your heart." Many so-called Christian doctrines have stemmed from this Scripture with the interpretation that God wants us to have all the "material possessions" that make us happy. And the truth is, God … Continue reading Desires of the Heart

The Joy of the Lord

Have you ever wondered how some people can be so happy and carefree one minute, and then become totally ticked and angry at the slightest dispute the next? It's because the happiness that they display when everything is going well is a result of their emotions. And our emotions can and do change, just like … Continue reading The Joy of the Lord

What Does it Mean to Have Joy?

The Bible talks a lot about joy, and it’s an emotional word that we’re most familiar with in songs such as Joy to the World. But what does it really mean to have joy? Who can get joy and why do we want it? The word, “joy”, is used almost two hundred times in the … Continue reading What Does it Mean to Have Joy?

Faith Builds Character

Faith is the substance that links us to God and makes us who we are. It goes along the same line as the old antic, we are what we eat. The more we learn about God, the more faith we have and the more like Jesus we become. Knowledge leads to conviction which leads to faith … Continue reading Faith Builds Character

The Heart of Christmas

The spirit of Christmas can be the greatest feeling in the world, and the hype of shopping along with the traditional Christmas carols and glittering decorations set the perfect atmosphere for the season. Family gatherings and great feasts add joy and excitement to the hearts of everyone, whether they are Christians or not. This is because we … Continue reading The Heart of Christmas

Why is it better to give than to receive?

We all love to unwrap presents as we try to anticipate with excitement what's inside. Receiving gifts is fun and encouraging and can be the highlight of our day. So, why would anyone rather give something than receive it? There is a blessing that comes - joy unspeakable - when we can give to others … Continue reading Why is it better to give than to receive?

The joy of spring is in the air…

....for many people, but not for everyone.    Spring brings joy and peace but most of all, it brings new hope. As the signs of winter begin fading away, we hear the welcoming sounds of colorful song birds and we see some tiny sprouts of crocuses popping up in the garden. Somehow, the stress and challenges of winter … Continue reading The joy of spring is in the air…