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Defiant Joy: Laugh It Up, Live It Out

Defiant Joy: Laugh It Up, Live It Out

When God Shows Up and Things Blow Up… In a Good Way! My life changed when I put on a Chewbacca mask, cracked up at myself, and over 160 million people laughed along with me. I still have not figured out exactly what was going on that day in my van. I don’t fully understand

Every Reason to Laugh

True to God’s word, Sarah had a baby boy, Isaac. Can you just see her in her traveling desert nursery? Layers of sheepskins overlapping, white and resplendent on a bed covered by a breezy gauze canopy. Sarah and Isaac lying together face-to-face, her aging lips kissing his plump ones, her sinewy fingers caressing his, fresh

Choose Joy

Morning Everywhere I turn today, something tries to steal my joy. If I can’t rejoice and be glad today, I will never rejoice and be glad. I will waste the joyous opportunities of today waiting for tomorrows that may or may not ever come. If I wait until life slows down, the sun comes back,

Everybody, Always: Love People Where You Are

We don’t need to cross the ocean to love people extravagantly, we just need to cross the street. — BoB Goff Getting Started Have you ever heard of the musical Wicked? It was a big deal when it premiered in 2003, winning all the awards there were to win and making its stars household names.

Don’t Miss It! Take 5 Minutes With Jesus

Have you taken time recently just to look around you? While sitting at a stoplight… Or in a crowd at an airport… Or even at your child’s sporting event. If you do, you might be shocked by what you see: most of us are glued to the little glowing screen in our hands while life

What Happens When Holy Women Talk to a Holy God

Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just

The Spirit-Filled Life

  Simple Truths Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit. — Matthew 12:33 We human beings tend to overlook the simple truths of life and forget that the profound is usually revealed in

Be Joyful Always; Pray Continually

Be joyful always; pray continually. The way to rejoice at all times is to find moment-by-moment pleasure in your relationship with Me — the Lover of your soul. This relationship is so full of comfort and encouragement that it’s possible to be joyful in hope even when you’re in the midst of adversity. Give thanks

Pots, Pans, and the Presence of God

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. — 1 Thessalonians 5:16–18 If the name Brother Lawrence sounds familiar, it’s not because he’s Joey’s brother. He was a medieval monk who served in the monastery kitchen, and he learned to “practice the presence of

Draw Close to Me

Sometimes My Sovereign hand — My control over your life — places you in humbling circumstances. You feel held down, held back, and powerless to change things. You long to break free and feel in control of your life once again. Although this is an uncomfortable position, it is actually a good place to be.

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