Joi in the World


LOVE Better * LIVE Better 

With every day that passes, I am noticing more and more just how selfish our society is becoming. Concern for others is a thing of the past. A sense of community is a rare feeling. Compassion and consideration are almost nonexistent. Even those who call themselves Christians are giving in to the 'every man for himself' mentality as it becomes increasingly clear that most people just don't care about anyone but themselves. 
I'll admit I too get caught up in my own own plans. I have so much to do. I feel this way or that. I need. I want. What about me? 
This is NOT what God intended.
Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. *Philippians 2: NKJV

The thing is, when we don't truly understand real love and sacrifice, we can't possibly love as God intended. 

"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. BY THIS ALL WILL KNOW THAT YOU ARE MY DISCIPLES, IF YOU HAVE LOVE FOR ONE ANOTHER. *John 13:34-35

Jesus said His followers can be identified by their love for one another. Are you looking out for the interests of others in your daily life? Do you love others as you are loved by the Father? 

I feel lead to work on my love life this year, and  I'd be honored if you'd join me on the mission to LOVE BETTER! 

Step one:
Shout this with me...."IT'S NOT ABOUT ME!!!"  
Step two: 
Check out this blog!

Step three: 
PRAY PRAY PRAY for guidance on how God wants to use you!

Step four:
Head over to the PBJ page for some starter ideas!

Step five:
SHARE your experiences and inspire others! Post on the TJC Facebook Wall or email me! 

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February 6, 2015

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It’s that time of year again! Storefronts are donning pink and red hearts reminding us to stop in and buy chocolaty tokens of love for the special people in our lives.

Often when we think of the ones we love, a list of all the things we adore about them comes to mind.  We admire their kindness and generosity or their fun nature and encouraging spirit.  And let’s be real. Even physical looks play a role for some.  The truth is what makes us “love” them usually boils down to what they do for us or how they make us feel.  And there in lies the frailty of human relationship.  

Thank God for the standard of love He has given us.

Our Father loved us before He breathed us in to existence.  He loves us when we’re selfish, prideful and lost.  He loves us when we’re ungrateful, unkind and unconcerned.  God doesn’t require anything from us - there’s no possible way to earn God’s love.  He doesn’t expect us to behave a certain way. He doesn’t even insist that we love Him in return.  And it is no ordinary love that our God lavishes on us.  It’s amazing, unwavering faithful love.  The Lord Almighty loves you and me so much so that He willingly sent His Son Jesus Christ to be beaten, bloodied and bruised in our place.  He allowed Jesus to be mocked and spat on for our transgressions.  The unblemished Lamb of God was given over to a humiliating and excruciating death on a cross to pay our debt that we might become pleasing to a Holy God.  

But it doesn’t stop there.  In His omniscient nature, He thought of everything.  Jesus didn’t die only to secure our eternal fate but also to provide a full life here in our home away from home.  Full of meaning. Full of joy.  Full of Love.  God’s Word tells us how to access that fullness.

We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters. * 1 John 3:16

Now that we have tasted the real and glorious love offered by our Heavenly Father, we have a duty to share it with all of creation.  Now that we understand what it means to truly love, let’s be love; be the Body of Christ. Without preference, fear or exception, show those within your reach grace, peace and kindness - the love of God.  Let us exchange the world’s erratic and listless culture of love for a lifestyle of that enduring selfless, sacrificial love with which we were first loved. 

That love is free.  That love is real.  That love is God. 


The Difference

November 7, 2013

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This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! (2 Corinthians 5:17 NLT)

Ah, 2 Corinthians 5:17...THE verse that says it all. But are we still listening?

When I began to truly understand Christ's sacrifice and what it meant for my life AND understand God's Word more clearly, this passage filled me with so much uncontainable joy! This scripture brings hope to the hopeless and life to the lifeles...

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