A Brand New Day!

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Today I am reminded of how quickly my focus can be side tracked. Here it is June and I am just writing a new post for this blog. It’s not that God has taken this ministry from me or that I have given up. I just simply got busy and lost track of what I enjoy, writing. I love this little church mouse saying. The best days of my life are yet to come. I am not ready to say what the Apostle Paul said, “I have fought the good fight, I have kept the faith”. I am ready instead to say,,,,,”watch out world, here I come”. I am ready to have a fresh start again today. It’s a new day and I am ready for it. I will live my dream to write again and continue this blog.

In the days ahead I really want to be real with you. I desire to have an openness that can say, Hey friend, here I am, This is me, this is what you get! In all of my realness, the ugly fact is,,,,i have and continue to mess up. I need forgiveness. Will you join me in being real and share with me how you forgive yourself when you mess up? How do you move forward one step at a time? What are some tools in your arsenal to overcome?

What out folks!!! The fire and desire in me has been stirred. Let’s see what God does!

Welcome to my Blog! Joy4theJourney

I am very excited to begin my very first blog. It is my hope and prayer this blog will help myself and others to find joy 4 this journey called life. Let us find joy together.

“The Joy of the Lord is my Strength” ……Nehemiah 8:10c

“The Lord is my strength and shield. I trust him with all my heart. He helps me and my heart is filled with JOY. I burst out in songs of Thanksgiving.” Psalm 28:7

 

Where is joy found in the battle?

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Have you ever wondered how joy can be found in the middle of a battle? What exactly does it mean to find joy? What causes us to loose joy in the first place?

This last week has been a major battle for me. I have faced spiritual warfare on every corner and have been too weak to battle. Joy, to me, typically comes easy. I love to laugh and help others see the positive side of things. Yet, sometimes when a battle is intense,,,,just when it is at the highest point in the fight,,,,I tend to loose my joy. As I become tired and weary my joy just seems to flee. Vanishes into thin air. KAPOOF…..it is gone.

As I read about the Jews in Nehemiah and the intense warfare they faced, I can only imagine the intensity of their battle. Sure, joy could be found at times. I’m sure every time there was a wedding in their broken down city of Jerusalem, a little bit of joy would return. Or when a baby was born you could find such a sweet joy in God’s people. Then,,,as the newness would settle in, joy slowly faded away as the battle of trying to live for God in this broken down city continued and intensified at times.

This is so much like my week. At every turn my joy seemed to fade a little until I was completely drained and left emotionally raw. As my emotions raged this week God reminded me that a battle , a spiritual battle, was exactly what I was facing. He also reminded me that he has given me the weapons to face this battle.

In Ephesians 6:11-12 God tells us to put on His whole Armour so we can stand against the wiles of the devil, for our battle is not against flesh and blood but principalities, powers, and the rulers of the darkness in this world, and against spiritual wickedness in high places. He goes on to say in the next few verses what those weapons are. His Word, His Truth, The Breastplate of His Righteousness, The Gospel of Peace, The Shield of Faith, The Helmet of Salvation, The Sword of the Spirit,  which is the Word of God.

As I move forward to finish out the rest of this week, I am determined to find more joy than ever. I truly believe that every time we face a battle of this magnitude, God has something marvelous coming in the victory. I can’t wait to see what comes of this battle.

I pray today that you to will put on the whole armor of God so you can fight this battle. Don’t loose your joy in the midst of it my sisters! Our God is marvelous, He is mighty, He is our Joy!!! Stay in the battle dear sisters and take time to laugh often! I will see you on the battle field.

Out with the Old, In with the New!

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Have you ever really wondered what this saying truly means? How do you get rid of the old? Sometimes the old can be a good thing. For example: good habits of brushing your teeth, keeping dishes washed up, or having a certain day your family comes over for fun family time are old habits you want to keep. Every Tuesday night is pizza and a movie night at the Gibbs Homestead. This habit has been ongoing for several years now and gives us a night to enjoy one another. It is a good thing to develop healthy family time habits.

It is also a good thing to develop new healthy habits. The word of God says it like this:   “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: Old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17

As 2017 comes to a close and 2018 begins, I take this time to challenge you to develop some new things in your life. I chose to invest in a planner that I could have a little fun with. As I set goals for this year I choose to keep track of them and keep them simple: read a new book monthly, clean and shine my kitchen sink every night, do a load of laundry a day, drink at least 4 glasses of water a day, and the list goes on. I know there will be days I fall short but that’s OK. I am made new in Christ Jesus daily.

OUT WITH THE OLD ME, IN WITH THE NEW!!!!!!!                Happy New Year!

Here are a few websites I hope will help as you seek to have a prosperous, peaceful 2018.

http://www.flylady.com

https://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newHTE_90.htm

http://www.newsweek.com/new-years-resolutions-2018-15-ideas-setting-goals-new-year-763466

https://www.christianplanner.com/

God of Mercy

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“Teach me thy ways, O Lord; I will walk in thy truth: unite my heart to fear thy name. I will praise thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart: and I will glorify thy name for evermore. For great is thy MERCY toward me: and thou has delivered my soul from the lowest hell.” Psalm 86:11-13

Have you ever done something that you just knew you would receive a severe punishment for yet your mom or dad showed you great mercy? I vividly remember as a small child crawling under a horse and my daddy being very upset. Because he knew the horse could really hurt me he became very concerned. In his immediate response he snatched me up and I could tell he was really upset. I deserved a good spanking but I did not receive one. Daddy told me not to be around the horses but I disobeyed him. Although I received a pop on the bottom, I probably needed at least three or four. Daddy was merciful to me with his punishment. Maybe my crying  was enough for him to feel sorry for me. Nonetheless, because of my daddy’s love for me he showed me mercy.

I feel this same mercy for my precious grands when they are in trouble. In my heart I want to show them great mercy. There are times however they must also learn a lesson for their behavior. Mercy for them will always run deep in my heart as I strive to teach them loving lessons about life. Such love fills my heart for these precious grands of mine that I feel my heart will explode. Mercy always wins with this Mimi/Memaw!

There is a beautiful song I love to sing. The words go like this: “I was hopeless, I knew I was lost. Death and darkness were my only songs. I needed someone to come rescue me and mercy heard my plea. …….That’s what mercy did for me.” This song has brought such peace to my heart. Just to know that my “Daddy” has shown me such mercy makes this life journey a little easier to travel. Jesus is Mercy!

This world we live in is a fallen one. Sin and darkness seems to overrun the lives of people all around us. In receiving God’s mercy we have the power to extend it to others through the Holy Spirit within. It is my prayer for each of us that we are filled with compassion and mercy for this lost and dying world. May we let the Light of Jesus shine out as we show mercy to those around us. Living in Mercy will allow us to have Joy4theJourney.

Who Determines Your Worth?

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I am continually reminded that my worth is not in what I can fix for others or what I can do in life. My worth, my value is in Christ alone! Ephesians 1:4 says “According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundations of the world, that we would be holy and without blame before Him in love.” Yes, God almighty choose me and you before the foundation of the world was formed. I am a daughter of the the King! He loved us before we even had a chance to fail or to succeed. He still loves us even now. His love never changes.

Just as the rich young ruler in Mark 10 made his choice to follow his worldly riches, Jesus gives us the opportunity to choose to put our worth in Him. Jesus loved the rich young ruler just as he loves us. Although He loved him  Jesus did not try to manipulate him into following Him. He gave him the choice to put his value and worth in him or to continue to find it in his worldly possessions. Jesus does the same for you and I. We can find our worth in doing for others and in trying to fix everything, or we can choose to find our worth in living a life for Jesus and trusting Him with the outcome.

Today I choose to follow Jesus, I choose for my worth to be found in Him. I am His beloved daughter because He willed for me to be. I will no longer allow the world to determine my worth based on ungodly, false standards. I am His and He is mine! I asked you to join me in seeking your worth in Him. Search the scriptures. Ask God to open up His word to you and reveal His love for you. He will give you joy 4 the journey along the way.

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11)

Joy 4 the Journey

As I sit here tonight and begin this journey of blogging, I am reminded of the beautiful life filled with joy God has blessed me with. From the in filling of His Holy Spirit to guide me, to the Word He has given me as a road map, and then the beautiful family and friends He has blessed me with to travel on this journey; yes, I am a blessed women. It is my hope this blog will bring joy to others and help to those who feel helpless. Joy does not always come easy. There are many days in my own life that I battle with, lets say I really battle with,,,,,,I will call it hopelessness.  Yet I know that my hope is in the Lord and I am dearly loved by him and my family. I do hope that many of you who are reading this will come along with me on this quest to seek Joy 4 this Journey called life. It is my hope we can find laughter together and gain a joy that is unspeakable and full of glory from our Father above.

“And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me; therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy;” Psalm 27:6

“Thou wilt shew me the path of life; in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.” Psalm 21:1

Joy in Jesus,

Lorie Ann