My Journey to Joy

January 29, 2013

Songs for the Journey- Hope Now

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LwdXqDYfBYQ

April 12, 2012

Real

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I remember hearing how bank employees are trained to spot counterfeit money.  Instead of going over what the fakes look like, they’re instructed to become very familiar with real money.  Then they will be able to tell the difference.

“…If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”  John 8:31-32

I’ve been having some counterfeit in my life lately.  Thoughts like: God doesn’t care.  Prayer doesn’t change anything.  If God loved me, He wouldn’t let this happen…

“Cast your burden on the Lord [releasing the weight of it] and He will sustain you; He will never allow the [consistently] righteous to be moved (made to slip, fall, or fail).” Psalm 55:22 (AMP)

“Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.” 1 Peter 5:7 (AMP)

I know that it’s not about me and my problems; it’s always about God, and who He is.  A wise friend told me to look in the Psalms, and make a list of God’s attributes.  So that’s what I’ve been doing.  Looking at the Real Thing.  Seeing what is true.  Making a literal list of what God is like.    I’ve barely gotten started, and already it’s amazing!  God is…truthful (not a trickster)… Righteous… Good… Powerful… Holy… Merciful… He is my Deliverer… He is my Help… He is my Shield!  (and that’s just one psalm!)  He is my Light and Salvation.  He is the Strength of my Life!  He is Beautiful.  He never forsakes me.  He is the Reason I shouldn’t be afraid.

And suddenly, the counterfeits are so obvious!  How could I ever believe those, in light of Who my God has proved Himself to be, time and again?!  I just need to remember what’s real, what’s true, and Whose I am.

“Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.”  Psalm 46:10

February 18, 2012

Emily Freeman on Surrender

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As we surrender to Christ’s power (knowing He is bigger than I am) and to His love (knowing He has my best interests in mind), we are able to experience strength from weakness, beauty from ashes, and freedom even in the midst of failure.  ~Emily Freeman

September 27, 2011

Songs for the Journey

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