My Journey to Joy

December 5, 2015

Ruth Schwenk on Purpose and Pain

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I know that in God’s economy, no tear is wasted; no pain is unseen; no heartache goes unnoticed; no agony is unobserved.  ~Ruth Schwenk,  TheBetterMom.com

March 28, 2015

Kristen on Mourning

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“When I face loss – big and small – and the mourning hangs on, I sometimes imagine God tapping His foot, telling me to get over it already. Heaven knows I say these words to myself. But He doesn’t. Loss is one way Love is made visible, and God does not trivialize our pain or set expiration dates on our mourning. Yes, there is a time for everything, a time to mourn and a time to dance. But in the transition from one to the other, God is patient.”  ~Kristen

 

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March 21, 2015

Joni on Suffering

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If anything impresses itself deep, deep into the wet clay of our souls when we hurt, it’s the stamp of Jesus.  ~Joni Erickson Tada

March 14, 2015

Russell Moore on Adoption

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“Adoption is not just about couples who want children- or who want more children.  Adoption is about an entire culture within our churches, a culture that sees adoption as part of our Great Commission mandate and as a sign of the gospel itself.”

Russell Moore, Adopted for Life: The Priority of Adoption for Christian Families & Churches

March 7, 2015

Steffany Woolsey on Rest

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“…resting is about more than nourishing body and soul; it is also a picture of surrender.  When we seek our refreshment in Him, we choose to follow His path for our lives, we lean into Him, and we accept His gifts of forgiveness, guidance, and sustenance.”  ~ Steffany Woolsey, A Jane Austen Devotional

February 28, 2015

Evelyn Puerto on Acceptance

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“By accepting their trials as from God’s hand, in trusting Him fully, in surrendering to His will, their faith was strengthened, and they were given peace and joy and a profound sense of God’s love.”  Beyond the Rapids, Evelyn Puerto

February 21, 2015

Focus

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“Struggling and rejoicing are not two chronological steps, one following the other, but two concurrent movements, one fluid with the other.
As the cold can move you deeper toward the fire, struggling can move you deeper toward God, who arms you with joy. Struggling can deepen joy…
The secret of joy is always a matter of focus: a resolute focusing on the Father, not on the fears…”
Ann Voskamp, The Greatest Gift

February 14, 2015

Safe

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“…the reality is that life and relationships aren’t completely safe. Jesus said, ‘In this world you will have trouble’ (John 16:33). We will get hurt. We will face loss. We will be disappointed. It seems as if control is a cure for this- but it’s only an illusion. It traps us tight within our fears. Freedom only comes when we find security in Jesus, when we realize that life is hard but he is good and no matter what happens he’ll guide us through it.” Holley Gerth,

    You’re Already Amazing

February 7, 2015

Beth Moore on Grace

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“God has promised that His grace will be given according to our need and that not only will we survive by the skin of our teeth, if we trust Him and hang on to Him for dear life-grieving, yes, but as those who have hope- we will also thrive again.  We can give ourselves to something greater than painlessness.  We can give ourselves to purpose.  If we cooperate, good will indeed come to us and others around us, and glory will most assuredly come to God.”  Beth Moore, So Long, Insecurity

March 22, 2014

Jon on Worry

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“The reason for our worry is not our circumstances, but a warped view of God.”  Jon Earls

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