Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Winsome Wednesday - On the Back Burner!

I love linking up on various blogs and I love when others link up with me.  But I am finding that because of the link up (on my blog) I am losing sight of what my blog is all about.  So, for the next while I will be blogging when I have something on my heart and I will link up with others, something I have not done in a while.  Also, I will be visiting those who I have gotten to know well here and get to know new people I meet here in this space.

In seeking others to link up with me, I have lost touch with those with whom I have already made a connection with, in the Lord.  I have swapped quality of connection with other wonderful ladies serving the Lord, for numbers of blogs linking on the bloghop.

My original goals for my blog you will find HERE.  A new goal, which completely falls in line with my old goals is to visit with any genuine commenter who has read a post I put out there and I will encourage you in the Lord and we will all grow in relationship with one another and with the Lord, one connection at a time.

Thank you to all those who always link up on the bloghop.  I truly appreciate it.  I am still here, I will visit when I see comments and as I go back to my original goals I will be visiting where I discover other Godly women.

So, for now, Winsome Wednesday Bloghop is on the back-burner but now doubt it'll be back some time in the future.  But for now, please feel free to link up..... :)

Rom 12 v 5:  So we, numerous as we are, are one body in Christ (the Messiah) and individually we are parts one of another [mutually dependent on one another].

God bless


This is a space to come and be encouraged.  You can link as many posts as you want so long as they bring glory to the Lord.  If you have time, please visit the person ahead of you and I am sure you too will be encouraged.  I look forward to seeing you here.
 Feel free to link up below:

Monday, 1 December 2014

December JOY Boghop - Reflecting Back on JOY!

I can't say that I went out of my way to seek verses on JOY but I can say that I wondered about JOY or my lack of it, and I tried to understand it more and find it.

This is what I have figured out about JOY as it relates to me:
  • JOY is not happiness
  • JOY is about being in God's will
  • JOY is confidence in the Lord despite what circumstances look like
  • JOY is knowing that God's word is true
  • JOY is that feeling you get when you just know God is in control no matter how things look
  • JOY is that wonderful "INHALE" and "EXHALE" moment you get when you settle down for a quiet time and just know you are at the Father's feet.
  • JOY is knowing that something you have, or don't have, is a gift from the Lord
  • JOY is God's presence, protection, strength, mercy and grace in your life
  • JOY comes in that moment you realize God's forgiveness is real
  • JOY is that moment when you understand God's grace and mercy are for you and new EVERY morning!
  • JOY is watching your children grow in the Lord
  • JOY is realizing that every day is a gift from the Lord
  • JOY is not shallow, but comes from deep within your heart as you rely more and more on the Lord
  • JOY is not fleeting.  As your relationship with the Lord grows you realize that even in tough stuff, one can have JOY.  
  • JOY comes when you leave stuff at the foot of the cross and know God has got this!
  • JOY is evident in those close to the Lord
  • JOY is present when you witness to someone about the Lord, and you see its been heard
  • JOY can be found in realizing the power of God, when watching a storm, admiring a mountain range, seeing waves break on boulders with thunderous crashes

I do believe people can practice JOY.  I think what I have realized this year when I have found scripture about JOY, in moments of silence or reflection I can sense there is JOY in me.  I think I have realized that to still all that is going on in my life, for even a moment, makes my heart be able to recognize that there is JOY inside of me.  And its in recognizing this JOY inside me that I am able to let it grow.  How?  But thanking the Lord for it, by reading more of His word, by trusting the Lord in His word and in my circumstances.

Yes, I have JOY!  JOY that comes from the Lord!  JOY that one can only know by being in the Lord.  JOY is not a pat on the back from the Lord for something good you've done, but its a manifestation of God in your heart, a heart that believes in Him, a heart that is broken and human and far from perfect.  A heart made whole by His presence!

Yes, JOY is a direct result of knowing WHO God is and believing in Him.

1 Peter 1 v 8:  Without having seen Him, you love Him;  though you do not [even] now see Him, you believe in Him and exult and thrill with inexpressible and glorious (triumphant, heavenly) JOY.

Instead of a blog hop for a few days every week I am opening this post for the month of December for anyone to link up!

 Lets call this the DECEMBER JOY Bloghop! 


its open NOW!

Please feel free to link any God honouring post, one or more, preferably about JOY but any post that gives God the glory is JOYous isn't it?



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