7 Ways to Cultivate Joy

Want more joy in your day? Cultivate it! Joy springs from viewing the day's events from eternity's perspective. With this intentional focus, you're sure to see today differently — with more joy and conviction that God is at work in your life. 1. Rehearse with God the reasons you trust Him. Tell Him which of His attributes is your favorite right now. Read the praises of Scriptureback to Him — begin with Psalms 103:1. Join with another believer in prayers of thanksgiving, and delight … [Read more...]

Joan of Arc – celebrated after 601 years!

"Most beautiful Maid of Heaven, how brilliant is your light. Like a shining star you point the way to the Father of all light." St. Joan of Arc is the patroness of soldiers and of France. Born circa January 6, 1412, Joan of Arc was born to pious parents of the French peasant class, at the obscure village of Domremy, near the province of Lorraine. At a very early age, she heard voices: those of St. Michael, St. Catherine and St. Margaret. At first the messages were personal and … [Read more...]

WOMEN in RECOVERY – Challenges of the Heart

Healing a Broken Heart – Is there Hope? Is there Hope for healing a broken heart? Something or someone has just broken your heart. You were caught off-guard by a betrayal, a shocking behavior, or loss of a loved one. Suddenly you are feeling like you’ve lost all hope . . . you can feel a physical aching in your chest that leaves you wounded and scarred. How can you ever hope to recover or discover what steps will end this suffering? We all know that emotions are a vital part of the way we are … [Read more...]

Adele Butler – Women of Spirit: Singled Out

    Singled Out   A few years ago a friend and I were talking about single mothers and how they are treated in their respective churches. Members avoid them like the plague. It appears as if they have committed the worst sin imaginable-they had children out of wedlock. When Mary, the mother of Jesus became pregnant before she got married, Joseph, her fiancé, being a just man, decided to break the engagement quietly, so as not to disgrace her publicly. Fortunately, the Lord sorted everything out … [Read more...]

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