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How faith leads to joy"
October 16, 2012
October 16, 2012 Issue #079
Faith and joy for singlesWe're getting closer to the finish line of our year long study on joy, and this month we look at the role faith plays in getting where we want to be.
Faith is an elusive quality for us singles. When things are going well, we have a lot of it. When our lives hit the skids, our faith seems to dissipate like smoke.
I think the truth is that we're going to struggle with faith all our lives. We live in a fallen world and have a fallen nature. We sin and get disgusted with ourselves. Even though we know it's all about grace, we can't get over the feeling that we don't measure up. We feel unworthy, even to have faith.
But there's hope for everyone reading this. God knows your name and he tells you to have faith in his love for you. See how even a little faith leads to deep, inexpressible joy.
I'm good enoughPicky old teachers
and pulpit-pounding preachers
with all of their hoops to jump through.
But lately I'm cruising
I'm feeling much better
I have learned I'm forgiven
Jesus paid all my debt,
It's not works but grace
No more hoops to jump through,
~ Jack Zavada, 2012 ~
A pick-me-up for when you're feeling down
I benefit from the wisdom and experience of my Christian friends, and one of them is Mary Fairchild. From time to time in Inspire-O-Gram I've mentioned the web site she serves as Guide for, www.christianity.about.com.
Now Mary has a new blog called Revel in the Rubble. No, it's not about Jack's housekeeping. It's about brokenness, the kind we all experience from the trials and disappointments of life. We singles know about that, eh?
But it's encouraging, and that's why I'm recommending it to you. Mary has been a missionary, church secretary, and for the past several years has written one of the most popular Christian sites on the Web. She has a powerful faith in Jesus that has brought her and her husband Bill through some really tough times.
You'll get a chuckle, a boost, and a better outlook on life. See what Mary has to say at www.revelintherubble.com
October QuotomaniaOctober's quote comes from Victor Hugo, French poet and novelist, the author of Les Miserables and The Hunchback of Notre Dame:
~ Victor Hugo (1802-1885) ~
Sometimes all you can do is take one day at a time. But that's enough. If you can make it to bedtime, God will take over from there. Give your worries to him when your head hits the pillow, trusting that he's constantly working on your behalf, whether you can see it or not.
Being single forces you to lean on God more than a married person does, and that's a hidden blessing. God can do things for you that a spouse can't. Let his love tuck you in at night and make you strong throughout your day.
Where do lonely thoughts come from?The human mind is a wonderful thing, an organ so complex that it has given us the automobile, a cure for polio, and the Mona Lisa.
But it has also given us loneliness. Every person on this planet, single or married, battles this unseen enemy. When lonely thoughts intrude, how do you deal with them? Do you fight them? Give in to them? Or do you outsmart them?
Outsmarting Loneliness, my ebook, combines my personal experience as a single with cognitive therapy. This scientifically proven method of "aware thinking" lets you take a step back and observe yourself. You learn to monitor your thought process, and then you learn to take charge of it.
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Intrigued? Learn more at Outsmarting Loneliness.
Journey to Joy Town!Hey, fellow singletons! That blur you just saw was milepost 10 on our Journey to Joy Town. We're getting close now. Take a break and enjoy these quotations as we fine-tune the GPS for the home stretch!
If you never want to see a man again, say, "I love you, I want to marry you, I want to have children"--they leave skid marks.
It took me fifteen years to discover that I had no talent for writing, but I couldn't give it up because by that time I was too famous.
There is nothing stronger in the world than gentleness.
Dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give us unconditional love. For me they are the role model for being alive.
Charm is the ability to make someone else think both of you are pretty wonderful.
We cough because we can't help it, but others do it on purpose.
Coffee, according to the women of Denmark, is to the body what the Word of the Lord is to the soul.
What could be moister / Than tears from an oyster?
The more you kick something that's dead, the worse it smells.
Most conversations are simply monologues delivered in the presence of a witness.
Just the knowledge that a good book is awaiting one at the end of a long day makes that day happier.
I was so surprised at being born that I didn't speak for a year and a half.
Macho does not prove mucho.
Nobody, but nobody, is as fat as she thinks she is.
What you don't do can be a destructive force.
True self-respect, being very different from false pride, leads inevitably to respecting others.
Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?
The seasons of a single's lifeHave you ever noticed how the seasons of the year are like the times in Jesus' life? Summer is like his birth and ministry, a time of miracles and joy. Fall begins with beauty, his triumphant entry to Jerusalem amid shouts of "Hallelujah," then grows dreary and frightening, like his trial and crucifixion. Winter is the time of the tomb, cold, waiting, dismal.
And then comes spring! It explodes with new life like the Resurrection, with hope, wonder, and the promise of amazing things to come.
Our lives as singles go through seasons too. Maybe you're in a winter, waiting time right now. You don't see anything happening. Don't give up. Spring always comes.
We can't rush our seasons and make them go faster. The timing is always up to God. But we can grow and learn, no matter what season we're going through. Be open to God. Let Him speak to your heart today.
I hope you found something worthwhile in this Inspire-O-Gram. We have two months left in our Journey to Joy Town, then in 2013 we'll dance around again from topic to topic.
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Thanks for reading! It's always a privilege to visit you with Inspire-O-Gram.
Until November, make the most of every day!
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