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God’s Greatest Joy | What Makes God Happy?

🐰Easter usually brings thoughts of 🐰bunnies, 🐣eggs and tons of 🍭candy. There’s nothing like watching 👶🏻kids’ excitement as they find little 💵treasures out in the yard and explain with 😁delight what they found. For me, part of the joy of Easter is watching their faces 💡light up. But mostly, I enjoy Easter because I love to celebrate my freedom through Jesus.
Jesus took on a huge ⛓burden so that we could be set ✝️free. Luke 12:50 says, “I have a terrible baptism of suffering ahead of me, and I am under a heavy burden until it is accomplished.” Sin had left a stain that no amount of sacrifices could 💦clean. To wash the stain away, Jesus took on our sin and it ☠️died with him on the cross. When he rose from the dead, we were made 🌈new through him. 
“Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame.” The pain he experienced was worth what God was doing through him. He knew joy awaited the next chapter of his journey.
What was the 😁joy awaiting him? Oth…
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God Has a Good Plan for You | God Opens Doors

Whether you're at the ⛰highest point in your life or the ⚓️lowest valley, God has already 🔨worked out something for your 🌺good.
There's no need to 🤨worry about what comes next as long as you 🙏pray about your future and 🙋🏻‍♀️seek God in your decisions. Have 🌈hope as you figure out His intricate plan for your life. 
“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” Romans8:28
Part of His intricate plan is new opportunities!
If you’re at the end of your 🎣rope, you're in a 👍good spot! When you've reached the end of 🤦🏻‍♀️yourself, the only (and best) option left is God. 
Whether you've run out of 💡ideas, 💵money, 🤭options or ⏰time, God already had something 🤲prepared for you.
Last year, I was working part ⏱time as a junior college 📐math teacher. We had reached a point where we were out of 💵money and 💡ideas but my school was 🚫not hiring full time teachers. When I aske…

Finding Rest in a Busy Day

My favorite way to get rest is to curl up in my 🛋recliner with a ☕️homemade caramel macchiato , my 🐶 yorkie and a good devotional or the 📖Bible. To me, hot ☕️coffee means I have to sit down and take about 20-30 minutes to enjoy. It’s a forced rest time for me that I desperately need every single day. Part of my unwinding includes reading God’s word. His word lights my path and gives me the wisdom and hope I need.  • Mark 6:31-32 says, “Then Jesus said, “Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place and 🛏rest awhile.” He said this because there were so many 😝people coming and going that Jesus and his apostles didn’t even have time to 🥖eat. So they left by 🛶boat for a quiet place, where they could be alone.” • Following Jesus’ example and resting in a 🤫quiet place just makes sense. How do you prefer to find rest? … At 💒church, my hubby called a time for 😴restoration through 🙏🏼prayer. Taking the time to shut down the 🧠thoughts and outside 🌎world was so very 💦refreshing.  • We all see…

Experiencing God In Everything

Aren’t we so blessed to live surrounded by God’s 🌼artwork🌼? One of my favorite things to do is go 🌸outside🌸 and enjoy 🌳nature🌿 as God made it.  • We love living in the 🌻country🌻 and looking out over His beautiful 🌵handiwork🌵 every day. You can feel it on your 😀skin, smell it with your 🌼nose and 👀see it with your eyes.  • He is incredible in all His splendor. For example, do you know how your 😀senses can 💥spark💥 memories? The 👃smell of cinnamon reminds me of Christmas, the 🎵song, "Lucky" reminds me of my wedding day, and the feel of 👖sweat pants reminds me of high school track.  · God's 🌻goodness🌻 is more powerful than all our senses combined. · A bad thought or memory can be wiped 💦clean💦 with his truth. An already good memory can be made 🍎sweeter🍓 with his perspective.  · Within the last year, God has changed the way I feel about going to the 👁eye doctor. I used to dread going because I felt like such a 😟failure. After one of my appointments, God showed…

God's Goodness is Abundant | Grateful, Thankful, Blessed

In the weeks that have passed since I’ve last written, I have been learning so much. Mostly, I’m learning about thankfulness. I talked about this around Thanksgiving and how I didn’t want to use one holiday to be thankful...I wanted to practice being thankful everyday. Since then, I’ve been receiving some lessons in this area. 
What I’ve realized is that I DO indeed have a lot to be thankful for! While I don’t have EVERYTHING I’ve asked for, I certainly have everything I need and so much more. As I look over the course of my life, it’s easy for me to see how well taken care of I am by God, my family, my friends and my husband. I often times take the things that are part of my “normal” for granted. For example, electricity! 
A couple weeks ago, the county I live in had an ice storm that caused trees to snap and power lines to fall to the ground. With the power lines went the internet and the cell phone towers also froze over. My whole world crashed! I knew I relied on these things pretty…

How to be deLIGHTful | 7 Way to Bring LIGHT Everywhere

God has been so patient to teach me new lessons every day on how to bring light into every situation. Sure, sometimes someone else is bringing light to me, but even that is teaching me a lesson. I want to share what I've learned so far on this topic.
Despite your age, education, job title, hair color or personality type, YOU can bring light to anyone God sets in front of you. As a matter of fact, God wants you to! In Matthew 5:16 it says:

In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. Here are some practical ways to be deLIGHTful no matter where you are or who you are with:

1)SMILE! Every time you see someone, smile! There's nothing like seeing a bright, happy face when you approach someone. A smile has the ability to break down barriers, change the atmosphere and start a friendship. Something so simple can truly change someone 's day or become the highlight of his/her day.
(Proverbs …

Singing Songs to Relieve Anxiety | How to Stop Anxiety

Anxiety is something we all feel at least once in our lives. Some of us feel it every day; some of us feel it seasonally. Whatever category you fall under, I'm sure you know what I mean when I refer to the feeling of anxiety.
I've talked a lot about ways the prevent anxiety and how prayer is a guaranteed way to get away from anxious feelings. In this post, I'm talking about another method to escape anxiety: worshiping Jesus through songs.
Songs and prayer work in the same way: they both bring our focus to something other than our problems. Songs and praise bring our eyes up to the God and serve as a reminder of who is in charge. The one advantage that songs have over prayer is the emotional connection we have to certain lyrics or tunes. Think about your favorite you have it? Why is it your favorite song? What does it remind you of? What time in your life did you hear that song? You know all the answers to these questions, don't you? My favorite song is "…