Like goodness, God's unfailing love follows us in life. King David says it pursues us! Picture a parent following a little child around picking up after them. When we're struggling with hurts, habits, and hang-ups, God is coming right alongside us, helping to pick up our messes and telling us that his unfailing love is… Continue reading God’s Unfailing Love
On November 8, 2013, Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) made a remarkable history in the Philippines. More than ten thousand volunteers rendered their time and best effort to help and serve the victims of the killer typhoon. With their endeavour to aid victims, services are provided as well as to their families. Their endless ability to… Continue reading #StrongerPH : 24-hour Tweetathon, Remembering Yolanda through Volunteering
We all face temptation, it's an unavoidable part of life. The question is not, "Will you be tempted?" The question is, "When you're tempted, will you be ready?" I really want you to get this: You can beat temptation. Stop saying, 'Joyce, I just don't think I can.' Take 'I can't!' out of your vocabulary.… Continue reading Oh Yes You Can!
Grace is the power of God to live the way He's called you to live. God, however, won't give us the grace to be disobedient. If He's telling us not to do something that we decide to do anyway, we'll experience the painful loss of His anointing. Grace equals ability. God gives us grace to… Continue reading Receive God’s Grace
Many religions and New Age philosophies promote the old lie that we are divine or can become gods. Let me be absolutely clear: you will never become God, or even a god. This desire to be a god shows up every time we try to control our circumstances, our future, and people around us. But… Continue reading A God-Fashioned Life
To be successful in accomplishing God's will for our lives, we must have determination. One definition of determine is 'to settle a dispute by an authoritative decision or a pronouncement.' This definition encourages me because I make 'pronouncements' often as a way of building my determination in certain areas. Sometimes the best way to overcome… Continue reading Settle the Dispute
God is excellent. As His representatives, we should be too. So it's important that we do our best in everything that we put our hands to. We must be motivated to do our very best in whatever we set out to accomplish. Paul urges us to "learn to...prize what is excellent and of real value."… Continue reading Do Your Best!
Growing into a mature Christian who follows the Holy Spirit is not something that happens overnight, it is a learning process that takes time. Little by little, one experience after another, God tries and tests our emotions, giving us opportunities to grow. God allows us to go through difficult situations that stir up our emotions.… Continue reading Trusting God Through Emotional Trials
Unrealistic expectations can quickly steal our peace and joy. We usually visualize a perfect day, with perfect people, and ourselves being perfectly happy in our perfect little world, but we all know that isn't reality. In reality, only God is perfect and the rest of us are under construction. The devil knows what steals our… Continue reading Getting Rid of Unrealistic Expectations
Today, the word obey has a negative connotation. We view obedience as a forced, unwilling decision to do something we don't want to do because we're afraid of punishment. But that's not the kind of obedience that's in God's Word. Obedience in the Bible means this: love + trust + action. It starts with love,… Continue reading Bibliccal obedience: Love + Trust + Action