cute is endearing and tender. pretty is pleasing and gentle. sexy is stimulating, exciting, arousing. but real beauty is arresting, challenging, compelling. it changes your mind, your plans, your point of view. it wakes you up and lingers. sometimes, it is surprising how beautiful “ugly” can be. of course, we need them all. -Alyssa Monks
Beloved, we have hope and hope brings us joy. Our hope is fixed in a protected inheritance in the future and in a proven faith in the present. And therein doth our joy lie. There’s no reason for you not to live in the light of that joy, absolutely no reason at all. That joy is yours. Jesus said no man can take it from you. - John McArthur
Sermon about Joy of Salvation way back June 5 1988
God’s Word generates life, creates faith, produces change, frightens the Devil, causes miracles, heals hurts, builds character, transforms circumstances,imparts joy, overcomes adversity, defeats temptation, infuses hope, releases power, cleanses our minds, brings things into being, and guarantees our future forever! We cannot live without the Word of God! Never take it for granted. You should consider it as essential to your life as food.
I suddenly remember when Jan and I was talking about that overflowing joy.
We fast so we will know WHAT HE WANTS, to know His will, to know His plan. We fast to get a feel of the heartbeat of God, to synchronize our heartbeat with His heartbeat. We fast so we will get a sense of what it is to desire the things God desires….