A Prayer for Joy

Lord, restore the Joy of my salvation

Revive the pure Joy in my soul again.

Forgive; usher me into Your presence

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To the Discouraged Soul

I believe one of the greatest tools that Satan uses against believers is discouragement. And I am about to be very honest with you about my own struggles with it, because I know there are others out there who have the same struggles. I know some of you personally  who have battled or are battling this area. And if my stories can be of any encouragement to you, I believe it would be a blessing on all sides.

I had my own bout with deep discouragement just last month. For about three weeks straight I was so discouraged, I was probably close to being depressed. Continue reading

Christmas Hope

It was a dreary Tuesday: gray, cloudy sky and drizzling rain. Perhaps the earth was shedding tears in anticipation of what was to come.

That night, the father of a dear friend went home to be with the Lord. Suddenly, without warning, my friend and her five younger siblings found themselves without a dad.

It was a tragic blow, not only for her and her family, but for us her friends, as we contemplated the brevity and fragility of life. Continue reading