Coming Soon To A Book Store Near You! (But You Will Want To Pre-Order Today)

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Hi Friends,

It’s been a few weeks since my last entry and I have been working on a blog entry about how praying for my son has brought peace to my soul.  Stay tuned.

But today I have super exciting news!  I am on the Launch Team for Amy Carroll and Cheri Gregory’s new book coming out next month, “Exhale, Lose Who You’re Not, Love Who You Are, Live Your One Life Well.”

I can’t tell you how excited I am about this book!  Amy and Cheri are amazing women who love Jesus.  They are each speakers and authors independently, however they team up each week on my favorite podcast Grit ‘N’ Grace Girls.  There, with their guests, they discuss and share “How to grow grit and embrace God’s Grace”.

I will be bringing you reviews from myself and others on the launch team right her at Living Joy Today over the next few weeks.

Also.. wait for it…

I will be hosting a Book Study right here this summer and on the Living Joy Today Facebook Page!  Watch for more information to come!

In the meantime here are the links where you can Pre-order your book today!

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

CBD.com

Proverbs 31

Look Up, Let Go, Live Joy!

Jane Ann

 

Why It Is Difficult To Let Go And Love

on the contrary_ “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. in doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”[b

Today friend we are going to tackle four more characteristics of what Love is not and I have some more Bible verses we can pray to help us get rid of these nasty attributes when they pop up in our daily lives.  Click on the video to see my discussion with Author and Proverbs 31 Speaker, Amy Carroll.

Let me just tell you Satan had a little fun with us last night and we had a little technical difficulties, but as ALWAYS God conquers and the conversation happened!

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Well wasn’t Amy amazing! She mentioned the Four Steps Towards a Tender Heart and a Strong Voice.  Here is the link to Amy’s Blog for the steps to Listen, Feel, Do, Speak and so many other terrific resources.

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Don’t forget to comment on the blog or Facebook page to be entered to win the copy of Amy’s book, “Breaking Up with Perfect”.

 

I’ll see you again mid March!  Until then

Look Up, Let Go, Live Joy

 

Motivation for Your Monday! Have No Fear Jesus Is Here!

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Blessed Monday to you Friend!

As we have transitioned from summer to fall we have made other changes and decisions in our lives and more are sure to come.  I love the visual created by Psalm 121:1-2.  As we look to the hills which God created we can know that He will always provide for us during all of our seasons of change and decision-making.

With change often comes fear.  And sometimes we can let that fear paralyze us to a point where we get stuck in the past dwelling on decisions gone wrong, or worry about what if I say yes or no to this invitation.  What we need to do in these times of change and fear is to pull ourselves back to the present.  Our Heavenly Father, “I AM” is a God of now, the present.

“Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh; is anything too difficult for Me?” Jeremiah 32:27

Look to God today friend.  He has all of your answers.

Monday Challenge:

What decisions, changes, fears are you facing in this season? Are you stuck in the past or floating in the future? I challenge you today to bring yourself to the safety of the present. Come to Jehovah-Jireh, The Lord Will Provide.  He will provide your answers and take away your fears.  Be present today.

Love and Light,

Jane Ann

Should We Stay or Should We Go?

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Have you ever had a song playing over and over in your head?  It’s never the entire song, either, usually a few lines.  Well, I just  heard The Clash singing, “Should I stay or should I go now?”, while reading Jeremiah 42 this morning.  I think Johanan and his people might have been singing a different version, “Should we listen to God, or should we not?, Should we stay or should we go, now?”

The Prophet, Jeremiah, had just told them the word of God was to stay put, don’t fear the king, I’ve got your back. (Jer. 42:10).  If you go to Egypt, the famine will follow you and you will die. (Jer. 42:16).  Now, you might be wondering why they were fearing the King of Babylon in the first place.  Well, here is a quick little story for you, better than any murder mystery on Lifetime.

You see there was this guy, Ishmael (different from Moby Dick character), back in Jeremiah 41 who decided it was a good idea to kill Gedaliah, the Governor  King Nebuchadnezzar had appointed.  Bad idea of the day! To make a long story short, Johanan with his army goes to avenge the death of the governor and other crimes Ishmael has committed.  When they meet up with Ishmael  all the people he took captive  run to Johanan for safety and Ishmael gets away.  No!  I hate when that happens.

Decision time.  Jo and his buddies were now afraid of the Babylonians, that they might retaliate against them, thanks to Ishmael now roaming free. What to do, stay as God commanded or flee to Egypt?

In our lives today we can get ourselves into predicaments as Johanan.  We don’t like how our present circumstances are panning out and we think that a “geographical cure” will solve all of our problems.  I am not talking about here when God opens doors for opportunities that may move us to new cities.  I am talking about packing it all up just because we don’t like where we are and we haven’t either:

  1.       Asked God at all for His direction,
  2.       We have asked for God’s direction, but are too impatient to wait around for the          answer.
  3.      We asked for God’s direction, waited for the answer, and did our own thing                  anyway.

As I am writing this blog, I am studying God’s word as a member of a fabulous Bible Study through Proverbs 31 Online Bible Study (check them out on my home page!!) titled, “Seamless, Understanding the Bible as One Complete Story”, by author and speaker Angie Smith. (see a link to her site on my home page as well).  In week two she discusses Abraham and in Genesis 12:4 reminds us of his obedience to God even though he didn’t fully know all the plans or what the outcomes would be when he “went as the Lord had told him!” (Genesis 12:4)”

In Abraham’s case God’s word was “go, trust me” (gen 4:12).  In Johanna’s it was , “stay, trust me” (Jeremiah 42:11). So I ask, are we going to humble ourselves, trust God’s Word and be obedient like Abraham, or go our own way, like those who fled to Egypt.  The outcome wasn’t too good for them, my friend.

God,

I pray today that we will seek your word when we are not sure if we are to stay or go in our lives.  I pray that we will humble ourselves to Your Word that is the only truth and be obedient when the message is delivered to our hearts.  In your precious name, Amen.

And The Answer Is…

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Reading the verse this week, the T.V. game show Jeopardy came to mind.  Alex Trebek announcing the category “Bible Study” The answer,  “Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.”  Contestant one chines in, ” What is I won the lottery?” Alex, “No, not quite, but thanks for playing.  How about either of the other two contestants?  Do you have a guess?”  Another brave soul buzzes, “What is Easter?”  “No, but at least you answered something from the Bible.” kids Alex.  “The correct answer is, What is my fig  trees have no figs, my vines have no grapes, my crops have all failed and my livestock are gone!” ( Habakkuk 3:17)

Yes, the prophet wrote that even though he had nothing left he would still be joyful and Praise the Lord!! Now that’s some Holy Gratitude!  I don’t know about you, but my first reaction when something not so great happens usually isn’t to give God my praise.  My words can be harsh and blaming.  Sometimes even asking God, “why me?”, “why this?”, “why now?”  When I should be humbling myself and seeing the promises God has for me, just like the author of Habakkuk.

2 Corinthians  reminds us, “We are pressed on all sides, but not crushed; perplexed; but not in despair.” Even in the storms of life that will continue to come and go we can find gratitude and give our heavenly Father praise.  He is with us through it all.

A few years ago I started a gratitude journal.  Everyday (or most days) I write down 3, 5, maybe 10 things I am grateful for no matter how I am feeling or what life is bringing to me.  What this journal has become is a fabulous go-to when I am feeling pressed and pulled from all sides, when I have failed or in despair.  I have tons to be grateful for and to give God praise.

Here are a few things I have jotted down in my journal:

God’s Grace

my health

I woke up today

my job

I am breathing

smell of coffee

sunsets

my African violets blooming

my voice

family

friends

lady bugs

pizza 

clean water

smiles

laughs

The list goes on and on. Looking back I see all that God has put in my life that is so very, very good.  I can lift my eyes and my spirit and say, “Thank you Heavenly Father , I praise you and in you I find Joy!

A Personal Note:

It saddens my heart to see so many celebrities in the media that have commuted suicide in the past few weeks and months.  Their stories are not ,unfortunately, the only ones. There are so many more that we do not know about.  We have brothers and sisters in Christ are struggling with real depression and mental illness, feeling there is no way out.  I felt God calling me to post these links in my blog today.  Please read them, learn and know the signs.  If you or a loved one needs help, I pray that you will reach out.  God has us here for a reason.  He has big plans.for us.

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National Suicide Prevention

American Foundation of Suicide Prevention

National Institute of Mental Health