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Joy Comes In the Morning

That Scripture is found in Psalm 30:5b and is one of my favorite verses. It says that though the night, which is the hard times, may contain weeping, heartache, etc., JOY comes in the morning, at the end of our trials. What a blessing right? Joy comes in the morning. I love that picture.

So many times we go through so many trials and difficult seasons and heartbreak that we forget that joy does indeed come in the end. I have a friend who lost his job about a year ago and it took him a long time to find the joy in his current situation and to keep reminding himself that joy will come out of this. I have been single for a very long time and sometimes it’s hard for me to see that there is joy in my current situation and that joy will win in the end.

So, when your life seems really hard and really treacherous and your heart just continues to break and ache and you have cried so many tears that you aren’t sure you have anymore tears to cry, remember that joy DOES come in the morning. It was a promise He gave us. Hold fast to that promise!!

Be Born in Me

So today, in thinking of what I would write for my Unwrapping Jesus post, I came across this video and I have to say that this video says it all. So please watch this and think of how you can unwrap Jesus this Christmas.

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Bringing back the joy in Christmas

Picture from Martha Stewart

At my house I have a little house covered in snow from a Christmas village that belonged to my Granny. It looked a little like the picture on the left. I love that little house. It sits on a shelf in my living room all year round and serves as a reminder of my Granny and of simpler times when Christmas was more about the fun and family and friends and less about all the commercialization that it is today. Continue Reading…

Surviving During the Hustle and Bustle

Christmas tree

Each year, Christmastime seems to come faster and faster and the holiday season seems to get crazier and crazier. In fact, for the last few years it hasn’t even felt like Christmas to me, and for me that says a lot. I have always been the one to say that this is my favorite time of year. I love when the weather gets cold, lights go up, Christmas songs are played 24/7, I am recording Christmas movies all the time, and I get to spend extra time spoiling my family with gifts and remember times of old. I just love Christmas! The last few years, however, have gone too fast, I’ve been too stressed, and it’s just simply not felt like Christmas to me. Continue Reading…

I’m Thankful

15 And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful. (Colossians 3:15)

With Thanksgiving just a week away, I am reminded of all I am thankful for. Continue Reading…

Dry Bones

Yesterday I posted a Worship Wednesday about Dry Bones (click here to see that post and a cool video from Ezekiel). Then this morning, the first song I had to listen to on my Spotify account at work was Dry Bones by Gungor. There are two things that this song brings to mind for me when I hear it. One is a haunting soul cry that this song represents. The cry from the driest part of your soul, your bones, that cry out to God. The other thing this song brings to mind is the Scripture Ezekiel 37:1-14. Continue Reading…

A gift received

Today for the Faith Barista Thursday Jam, I was given the statement, “A gift you’ve recently received from God” and asked to write about it. So what would my answer be?  Continue Reading…

In God’s Heart, I am________

I love to participate in the Faith Barista Jam every week. Bonnie always comes up with the greatest prompts. This week, her prompt threw me a little and I wasn’t sure what I would write. As I was reading Bonnie’s post today, I read some words she posted written by Holley Gerth:

The silent lies in the night that come and question…
“Are you really loved?”
“Are you really enough?” Continue Reading…

It Feeds My Soul

For those of you who know me, music is a HUGE part of my life. I sing all the time, I listen to music constantly, I am always humming if I’m not singing…music is just a big, integral part of my life. Have you ever noticed that music can lift you up, bring you down, etc.? When I’m down and need to be in that place for a bit, I turn on certain songs; when I’m happy, I listen to upbeat, fun music; when I’m lonely, I ahve a good many songs for that; and when I need to feed my soul, well that music is strictly Christian.

When I need to feed my soul, I find that if I listen to a great praise and worship CD or sing a song during church, or even sometimes when I hear a great Christian song on the radio, I am brought straight to the Throne. It feeds my soul, it feeds my mind and emotions and brings me into His presence so I can truly worship Him.

So, what feeds your soul?

The first or the most neglected?

Prayer – Something we should be running to first but neglect the most.

Often times when we hit a snag in the road, even something as simple as a bad hair day to start off our day, we get frustrated and gripe and complain and determine that it’s going to be a bad day; I know I do. Unfortunately, my first instinct is not to start off in prayer. Oh I know the value of morning quiet time and starting your day in prayer, after all I was raised that way, but is that always the first thing I do? Continue Reading…

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