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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

"Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind." Romans 12:2 (NLT)
Hi, everyone. When cable went out in my area, it stayed out for 2 days. It's finally up and running, but that makes me behind on your blogs. I will never catch up. (LOL) I have 50 to respond to and everyone keep adding. (LOL) So , I'll start with todays date. Sorry I tried with the I-phone but It used alot of minutes. .
Have a wonderful day. Now on with the word.


When we become a Christian, God begins a transformation in our life. His goal is to transform us into all He created us to be. He does this by renewing our mind. This is more than just the way we think, it is also the way we feel. It includes those sensations that send us into mood swings or addictive behavior. God wants to be involved in our emotional pain. He wants to heal our negative memories and restructure our irrational beliefs. But how does He do this? He does this through His Holy Spirit as we study His word, spend time in prayer and fellowship with other believers. It is through this process that we mature into the person He wants us to be. Today, give yourself to God. Submit yourself to the process of change and let Him transform you through the renewing of your mind.

  
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ANGELBELIEVER 6/17/2009 12:31AM

    Glad you're back on line. We depend on the computer ad internet so much now days. Wondee what we ever did before computers and the internet!

Great blog as always. I love reading your posts because they make me think and they are a good good teaching lesson.

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HARLYCHIC14 6/16/2009 10:46PM

    Thanks for sharing. I'm glad that you are back online.

Brandi

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SUNNY332 6/16/2009 7:57PM

    Glad you have you back on line and glad to have a great post.

Hugs, Sunny



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COLEISMYSOUL 6/16/2009 6:45PM

    Have a good day! Glad your cable is back.

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CHEF_TRACI 6/16/2009 6:31PM

    Love it

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LADYPHOENIX61 6/16/2009 4:50PM

    I know you're glad to have the cable back! Mine went out for a week once during an ice storm!
Joy, my transformation came when I had a flashback to a hurt from long ago. I was telling myself to let it go when emoticon went off! Something told me I didn't have to worry about the people who didn't love me or care about me. They don't matter because Jesus loved me enough to give His life. I'm transformed and free!

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HRDWLBY 6/16/2009 4:17PM

    Glad you got your computer connection back. I've posted a few of the pictures I took in Monterey, CA on my blog. I'll be posting more after I get back from my sister Rita's SIL Sharon's funeral.

Helen

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RICH530 6/16/2009 2:55PM

    Thanks, you have a great day too!!!
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L*I*T*A* 6/16/2009 2:26PM

    great....thanks for sharing............blessings and hugs..............lita

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FROST1268 6/16/2009 1:51PM

    Terrific reading.. Thank you for Sharing. I hope you are having a wonderful day! emoticon emoticon emoticon.... Tina

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DEBBIEANNE1124 6/16/2009 11:27AM

    You have a lovely day as well.
Debbie

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DOLLMAKER4HIM 6/16/2009 11:13AM

    AMEN!! emoticon

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Today..

Monday, June 15, 2009

"Day after day and night after night they keep on saying, 'Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God, the Almighty- the one who always was, who is, and who is still to come."' Revelation 4:8 (NLT)

What is it about God's Holiness that moves me so much? Holiness, I can't comprehend it. I try to put my mind around it but it is too vast. I think what moves me when I sing, "Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty" is the fact that this Holy God allows me to adore Him, to worship Him. To be in His presence and sing about the very thing that would normally separate me from Him is so humbling. His majesty, His power, His might, His Holiness; who are we that He would allow us to sing His praise? And yet He desires our praise. He rejoices in our worship. He invites us to say with all of Heaven, "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God, the Almighty-the one who always was, who is, and who is still to come." Today, worship Him. He is Holy. He is worthy of all our praise.


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HRDWLBY 6/16/2009 12:41AM

    I always loved the song, Holy, Holy, Holy. It brings joy when one sings it!

Helen

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SUNNY332 6/15/2009 8:10PM

    Great Blog as usual, Joy.

I have a great CD called City of Gold and when I listen to it, it paints a beautiful visual of what Heaven will be like and what it will be like to be in His Glory.

There is a great song called Heavenly by Adrian Plass and I thought so might like it so here it is -

Heavenly Playground

Oh God, Iím not anxious to snuff it,
but when the Grim Reaper reaps me,
Iíll try to rely on
my vision of Zion,
I know how I want it to be.

As soon as you greet me in Heaven,
and ask what Iíd like, I shall say,
ďI just want a chance
for my spirit to dance,
I want to be able to play.Ē

Tell the angels to build a soft playground,
designed and equipped just for me,
with a vertical slide
thatís abnormally wide,
and oceans of green PVC.

Thereíll be reinforced netting to climb on,
and rubberized floors that will bend,
and no one can die,
so I neednít be shy
if Iím tempted to land on a friend!

Iím gonna go mad in the soft, squashy mangle,
and balmy with balls in the swamp,
colored and spherical,
Iíll be hysterical!
Iíll have a heavenly romp!

Thereíll be cushions and punch bags and tires
in purple and yellow and red,
and a mushroomy thing
that will suddenly sing
if I kick it or sit on its head.

Thereíll be fountains of squash and ribina
to feed my continual thirst,
and none of that stuff
about ďYouíve had enough,Ē
surely heavenly bladders wonít burst.

I suppose I might be too tall for the entrance,
but Lord, chuck the rules in the bin.
If I am too large,
tell the angel in charge
to let me bow down and come in.

Adrian Plass emoticon

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COLEISMYSOUL 6/15/2009 4:19PM

    Thanks!

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DEBBIEANNE1124 6/15/2009 3:41PM

    This is great!
Thanks!
Debbie

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VRCATON 6/15/2009 12:34PM

    Yes! Amen!

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LADYPHOENIX61 6/15/2009 11:45AM

    Joy, I sometimes try to imagine what it will be like when we all bow down and say that! It will be a beautiful scene!
I worship because God is just plainly awesome and amazing! I was totally floored when I found out HE created me because HE has need of me and that HE loves me in spite of myself! I can't imagine how or why.

I guess it's like the song says "I'm too close to the mirror to see what you see!"

Have a blessed and glorious day, Renee

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L*I*T*A* 6/15/2009 10:45AM

    amen..................blessings and hugs..................lita

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Today

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Trust In The Wisdom Of God
Dr. Zachary Tims, Jr.

In Genesis 37:18, the brothers of Joseph conspired to kill him and cast him into a pit. In an attempt to hide their evil scheme to get rid of Joseph, they sold him for 20 pieces of silver to the Ishmaelites who pulled him out of the pit and carried him off into Egypt.

How many times have you found yourself in a deep pit of despair, feeling alone and facing problems too hard for you to resolve? A pit is a form of recession. You have more bills than income, or more bad news than good. The enemy uses the pit in your life to hold back your blessings, and he tries to kill your spirit, steal your joy, and destroy your Christian testimony.

While Joseph's brothers were plotting to wipe him out, at that same time, by verse 25, God dispatched a team of deliverers, the Ishmaelites to come to his rescue. This is a great illustration of God's sovereign wisdom and power over your life. He is a Keeper of your soul. He knows just what your pit looks like; the foreclosure, the doctor's bad report, the loss of a loved one, a lengthy unemployment.

On the flip side, He also knows your purpose and destiny and the plans He has made for your life. In Jeremiah 29:11, God says, "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end."
At the same time you are applying for unemployment assistance, a future boss is reviewing your resume.
At the same time the bank pulls your credit report for a loan, a computer erases the bad information.
At the same time you see yourself skidding into on-coming traffic, God has prepared a guard rail in the road to protect you.

All through the bible God shows His sovereignty and wisdom to watch over us in the hard times. He is a Provider who sees far beyond our scope of vision as He prepares a way out of adversity for His children. The Bible says He will never leave you or forsake you and He will not put on you more than you can bear. In His infinite wisdom, while the devil is sending you a problem, at the same time, God is sending you divine sustaining provisions.

You may have to endure a season of struggle, but your pit is not too deep or too hard for God. Trust in His wisdom to foresee the circumstances of every pit and prepare a way to get out of it. At the same time Joseph's brothers were throwing him into the pit, God sent the Ishmaelites to be the answer to his problem. God is in control, not man.

The bible says in Isaiah 54:17, No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and in Psalm 121:12, "I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth."

Stop looking to the weapon that is formed against you. Look to the hills of heaven for God to make a way for you. "And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose." Romans 8:28. It's not a recession for you, God's provisions are on the way.

  
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HRDWLBY 6/16/2009 12:44AM

    Very appropriate that I'm reading this today. My sister just lost her sister-in-law and best friend. The whole family is really hurting. But they also have a lot of faith in God.

Helen

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LADYPHOENIX61 6/15/2009 8:38AM

    Wonderful, Joy! Thank you! I've been in that pit and it's not a good place but thank God, He delivered me!
Renee

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SUNNY332 6/15/2009 7:39AM

    Beautiful...post, my friend.

Have a lovely day. Hugs, Sunny

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DEBBIEANNE1124 6/15/2009 1:52AM

    Thanks Joy. Blessings.

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LINDA25427 6/14/2009 11:41PM

    Thank You your blogs alwas lift my spirit God Bless.

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L*I*T*A* 6/14/2009 8:48PM

    wonderful..................blessing
s and hugs..............lita

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COLEISMYSOUL 6/14/2009 8:47PM

    Have a great week!

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VRCATON 6/14/2009 7:54PM

    Amen

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    Beautiful emoticon

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MASTERCARE 6/14/2009 6:40PM

    thank you.

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Today....

Saturday, June 13, 2009

"We will tell the next generation about the glorious deeds of the LORD, about his power and his mighty wonders." Psalms 78:4 (NLT)

Christianity was never meant to be kept to ourselves. We have a responsibility to be Christ's ambassador, sharing His good news with the next generation. And there is so much to share. But how many examples of God's "glorious deeds" can we share about? What can we tell others about His power? What of His mighty wonders can we share? The problem is we don't pay attention. We take all that God does for us for granted. We are spoiled acting like we have some sort of entitlement. So we reduce God's message to telling everyone that they are going to Hell and need a Savior. But the truth is people are hurting, dying, incomplete and disillusioned. They would do anything to learn about a God that is real. Sure, we must share the saving message of the gospel, but if we are going to win a generation then they also need to know about all the great things God is doing. Let's begin to pay more attention to God at work around us and start to share with those we know, God's glorious deeds, power and mighty wonders.

PRAYER Father, help me to see all the great things You are doing in my life and begin to share the joy and wonder of knowing You with those around me. AMEN


  
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CBSPECIAL 6/14/2009 7:49AM

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ANGELBELIEVER 6/13/2009 9:40PM

    You have it right. The great commission is to go and share the Gospel.

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L*I*T*A* 6/13/2009 9:07PM

    great message...........thanks for sharing.................blessings and hugs..............lita

Comment edited on: 6/13/2009 9:08:09 PM

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SUNNY332 6/13/2009 8:11PM

    I so agree - it is meant to be shared.

Amen! Sunny

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VRCATON 6/13/2009 4:15PM

    At our church we are encouraged to 'Radiate God's Love' throughout the week. Same message ... and it's a great one!

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LADYPHOENIX61 6/13/2009 2:24PM

    This is what missionary work is supposed to be about! It begins at home and then taken abroad! Amen, Joy! A great one as usual!

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DEBBIEANNE1124 6/13/2009 2:10PM

    AMEN, indeed!

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Hope Restored .....

Friday, June 12, 2009

Along the Way
by Max Lucado

What would it take to restore your hope?

What would you need to reenergize your journey?

Though the answers are abundant, three come quickly to mind.

The first would be a person. Not just any person. You don't need someone equally confused. You need someone who knows the way out.

And from him you need some vision. You need someone to lift your spirits. You need someone to look you in the face and say, "This isn't the end. Don't give up. There is a better place than this. And I'll lead you there."

And, perhaps most important, you need direction. If you have only a person but no renewed vision, all you have is company. If he has a vision but no direction, you have a dreamer for company. But if you have a person with direction--who can take you from this place to the right place--ah, then you have one who can restore your hope.

Or, to use David's words, "He restores my soul." Our Shepherd majors in restoring hope to the soul. Whether you are a lamb lost on a craggy ledge or a city slicker alone in a deep jungle, everything changes when your rescuer appears.

Your loneliness diminishes, because you have fellowship.

Your despair decreases, because you have vision.

Your confusion begins to lift, because you have direction.

Please note: You haven't left the jungle. The trees still eclipse the sky, and the thorns still cut the skin. Animals lurk and rodents scurry. The jungle is still a jungle. It hasn't changed, but you have. You have changed because you have hope. And you have hope because you have met someone who can lead you out.

Your Shepherd knows that you were not made for this place. He knows you are not equipped for this place. So he has come to guide you out.

  
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ANGELBELIEVER 6/13/2009 12:39AM

    What a wonderful, comforting picture. Loved the devotion too. I like Max Lucado anyway.

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SJ1320 6/12/2009 7:46PM

    What a gorgeous picture! I really like it.

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SKSCHULTE1997 6/12/2009 7:38PM

    Wonderful as always. Thanks for sharing.

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S_HANSEN 6/12/2009 3:36PM

    I like Max Lucado... he has a great perspective. Thanks for sharing Joy... I hope you have a marvelous weekend... emoticonSondra

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L*I*T*A* 6/12/2009 12:05PM

    thanks again for a wonderful blog...........without hope there is despair and i would rather have hope!!!................have a great weekend........blessings and hugs...........lita

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DEBBIEANNE1124 6/12/2009 11:59AM

    I enjoyed this. thanks!
Debbie

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DTRMNEDME 6/12/2009 8:37AM

    Hope and the belief that He is still in control is what keeps me going too.
When I see what is happening every day to our world and our country I have to always remember that He is in control and whatever happens is in His plan.
Thanks again for a beautiful blog and to remind us to always have hope in us.
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CBSPECIAL 6/12/2009 8:32AM

    That's what keeps us moving forward - hope!

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LADYPHOENIX61 6/12/2009 8:10AM

    Yes there is hope, yes there is hope, yes there is hope for all there is hope.
As long as JESUS is alive, yes there is hope!

Thanks for another great blog, Joy!

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SUNNY332 6/12/2009 7:49AM

    Yes, I do have HOPE today. Thanks so much Jill for another great blog.

Take care and have a emoticon day.

Hugs, Sunny emoticon

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