Author: Joyce

12 Dec Growing Roses from the Thorns of Life

    We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.”     When I lived in Scotland I had the most beautiful roses in my garden.  I love God’s creation. What starts out as an ugly thorn bush is transformed into a beautiful...

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23 Oct The Secret of the Seed

  “While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest . . . shall not cease” (Genesis 8:22 nkjv).  We are also told, “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap” (Galatians 6:7 nkjv). Jesus taught the truths of...

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20 Apr Living on Purpose

When a woman of God awakes each morning, heaven, earth and hell should take notice!   She is a vital contributor to her community and a gatekeeper of her home. Her friends, coworkers and family feel secure in her presence; her church relies on her faithful...

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25 Apr It’s an Inside Job

    Change begins within. As a child of God we live from the inside out. We must become healthy on the inside before we are truly healthy on the outside. Philippians 2:12-13   says, “…Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.” God works within us. and we must work out our own salvation by living from the inside out! Everything you receive from God works that way.
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08 Dec Rachel had it all …but was not content

I’m sure you have met someone that appears to have it all together! A beautiful face with no blemishes, perfect body, interesting career, a devoted husband and perfect children! I used to have a habit of comparing myself with others.  No matter where I was I would see someone that was attractive, well-dressed with her perfect children and full of confidence. Immediately I would feel like I was doing everything wrong starting with my body and hairstyle, and all my life skills.  I had formed a habit in my thought patterns and I didn’t even realize what I was doing, it just came ‘naturally’. One day I spoke to one of these imagined perfect people and heard what was coming from the inside. She had learned how to ‘look good’ on the outside, but her inside was full of bitterness. As I thought on this situation I realized that I had been judging from outward appearance and I knew absolutely nothing about the person.  Comparing myself to other women is not part of God’s plan for my life. Learning from other women is.
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07 Sep Weeding the garden of your heart

  Put on your happy boots and tend to the garden of your heart!   An unattended garden is overtaken by weeds and chokes the life from  the seeds sown.   There are many things in the world  competing for the soil of your heart.  The world is just waiting to plant its ideas into your head. Turn on the TV, the programs and advertisements are planting thoughts in your mind. If you meditated on these thoughts, they will eventually make their way to your heart.  You will be longing for what the world has to offer. You will be in competition to look your best, drive your best—even if you have to go in debt to possess! Just because you have a thought, you don't have to think on it, allow it to keep bombarding your day and bringing you to a place of competition, comparison and jealousy. If you read Psalm 73, you will find a person that was struggling.  He was discouraged, it seemed nothing every went right for him, yet the ungodly prospered and everything was going well!
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