Believing the Promises of God - in His Word

Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed… Without weakening in his faith… Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what He had promised. ~ Romans 4 [selected 18-21]

Sunday, August 31, 2008


God's Word for the Day is: COMPASSION
Psalm 119 [selected]

y Yodh
73 Your hands made me and formed me;
give me understanding to learn Your commands.
74 May those who fear You rejoice when they see me,
for I have put my hope in Your Word.
75 I know, O LORD, that Your laws are righteous,
and in faithfulness You have afflicted me.
76 May Your unfailing love be my comfort,
according to Your promise to Your servant.
77 Let your compassion come to me that I may live,
for Your law is my delight.

k Kaph
88 Preserve my life according to Your love,
and I will obey the statutes of Your mouth.

l Lamedh
89 Your word, O LORD, is eternal;
it stands firm in the heavens.
90 Your faithfulness continues through all generations;
You established the earth, and it endures.
91 Your laws endure to this day,
for all things serve You.
92 If Your law had not been my delight,
I would have perished in my affliction.
93 I will never forget Your precepts,
for by them You have preserved my life.

m Mem
97 Oh, how I love Your law! I
meditate on it all day long.
98 Your commands make me wiser than my enemies,
for they are ever with me.
99 I have more insight than all my teachers,
for I meditate on Your statutes.
100 I have more understanding than the elders,
for I obey Your precepts.
101 I have kept my feet from every evil path
so that I might obey Your word.

102 I have not departed from Your laws,
for You Yourself have taught me.
n Nun
105 Your Word is a lamp to my feet
and a light for my path.
111 Your statutes are my heritage forever;
they are the joy of my heart.
112 My heart is set on keeping Your decrees
to the very end.

God's mercies and compassions are new new every morning... are ours?
Meditate upon His Word today and then respond in complete obedience!

Choosing JOY,

[The Shepherd's Staff]

Friday, August 29, 2008


I just finished reading my son-in-law's Blog post today entitled: Waiting Patiently. I have been doing that for a long time now and today the LORD showed me how much He's been teaching me in that process of waiting - especially waiting patiently!But today the LORD's word for me was:
Not mine, but HIS strength - HIS power - HIS Might!
Psalm 29
1 Ascribe to the LORD, O mighty ones,
ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.
2 Ascribe to the LORD the glory due His Name;
worship the LORD in the splendor of His Holiness.
10 The LORD sits enthroned over the flood;
the LORD is enthroned as King forever.
11 The LORD gives strength to His people;
the LORD blesses His people with peace.

Psalm 59:9a
9 O my Strength, I watch for You;
You, O God, are my Fortress, 10 my Loving God.
God will go before me...

Psalm 89
15 Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim You,
who walk in the light of Your Presence, O LORD.
16 They rejoice in Your Name all day long;
they exult in Your righteousness.
17 For You are their glory and strength,
and by Your favor You exalt our horn.
21 My Hand will sustain him [you and me];
surely My arm will strengthen him.

Psalm 21:13
Be exalted, O LORD, in Your strength;
we will sing and praise Your might.
[all scripture emphasis mine]

Choosing JOY,


Wednesday, August 27, 2008


Yesterday the LORD covered me with His wings and showed me how close He is with me. Today He has revealed how closely the enemy follows behind, unrelenting, not wanting to give up his efforts to cause fear and devastation.

The photo was taken this morning as I sat on my front porch drinking a cup of tea having my quiet time with the LORD. This is what killed Louie (my pet goose) on Monday this week. God has been gracious to bring conclusion. I had the police here and they instructed me to call Fish and Game control today. A neighbor said this RED FOX - a female adult - has been hanging around for the last week or so.

The enemy of our soul wants us to live in fear - but God wants us to trust in His plans and paths - as He is working to bring good from all circumstances. The verses that the LORD gave me earlier before sighting this fox were these.

How close are you to the LORD today - how close is the enemy in pursuit of you? Do not be discouraged - do not be afraid!

Psalm 37: 1-11
1 Do not fret because of evil men
or be envious of those who do wrong;
2 for like the grass they will soon wither,
like green plants they will soon die away.
3 Trust in the LORD and do good;
dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
4 Delight yourself in the LORD
and He will give you the desires of your heart.
5 Commit your way to the LORD;
trust in Him and He will do this:
6 He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn,
the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.
7 Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him;
do not fret when men succeed in their ways,
when they carry out their wicked schemes.
8 Refrain from anger and turn from wrath;
do not fret—it leads only to evil.
9 For evil men will be cut off,
but those who hope in the LORD will inherit the land.
10 A little while, and the wicked will be no more;
though you look for them, they will not be found.
11 But the meek will inherit the land
and enjoy great peace.

Psalm 3:2-4
A psalm of David. When he fled from his son Absalom.
1 O LORD, how many are my foes!
How many rise up against me!
2 Many are saying of me,
"God will not deliver him."
3 But You are a shield around me, O LORD;
You bestow glory on me and lift up my head.
4 To the LORD I cry aloud,
and He answers me from His holy hill.

Psalm 23:4
Even though I walk
through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff,
they comfort me.
Choosing JOY,


Monday, August 25, 2008

In Memory of LOUIE

Here are just some of the passages of Scripture that the LORD gave me to write in my journal this morning at 5AM when it was still dark and all seemed calm and peaceful:

Deuteronomy 31

3 The LORD your God Himself will cross over ahead of you. He will destroy these nations before you, and you will take possession of their land. Joshua also will cross over ahead of you, as the LORD said.
6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you."
8 The LORD Himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged."

As I wrote those words I glanced over at a pamphlet on the table with the title that said:
HARD TIMES ARE COMING... An ominous feeling came over me as I continued to write the rest of the verses God was giving me...

The Song of Moses
30 And Moses recited the words of this song from beginning to end in the hearing of the whole assembly of Israel:

Deuteronomy 32: 1-4

1 Listen, O heavens, and I will speak; hear, O earth, the words of my mouth.
2 Let my teaching fall like rain
and my words descend like dew, like showers on new grass, like abundant rain on tender plants.
3 I will proclaim the name of the LORD.
Oh, praise the greatness of our God!
4 He is the Rock, His works are perfect,
and all His ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is He.

I turned the page of my journal to write the next passage the LORD gave me:

1 Timothy 6 Paul's Charge to Timothy

11 But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. 12 Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession .... [all emphasis mine]


It was at that moment as I finished writing those words of "Fight the good fight of faith" that my dog, Chloe, began barking out the back window. It was - still dark - so I could not see well. She just whimpered in panic at the back door. I looked out the window kneeling on the living room sofa and asked God to show me what was wrong. There were no deer there. I had thought perhaps the blue heron had been in the pond stealing my last two fish again - but saw no signs of him or anything. I prayed and waited a bit longer til the light dawned a little brighter - before hooking the leash on Chloe to walk her. We went out the back deck and did our normal routine walk around the left side of the backyard. I took note of the beautiful moon sliver - reminding me of God's covenant love for me. As I looped around taking Chloe to her pen, she continued to whimper like a scared child. I put her inside her pen and latched the gate. I heard leaves rustling and saw something scurry through the woods. I ran over to that side of the woods to see if it was a flock of wild turkey's that sometimes walk through that part of the yard. Nothing. Then, as I turned to walk toward (the goose) Louie's pen to let him out - I saw it. A turkey vulture had killed Louie. His feathers were strewn in a circle where the struggle had taken place.

This is not what I had longed to write about today. This is not what I desired to deal with today. But God (in my tears) has walked me through the entire situation. I was able to piece together all that had happened. My son came over right away, then two friends; one who dug the hole to bury Louie. I asked God who I should call and he showed me - they came - he dug [with a brand new pick ax that I found in my shed with the sticker still on it - one that I had never seen before - God provided] - we buried - we prayed.

Yesterday marked my final day of teaching in Newfield for the summer.... [satan] always comes against me after a time of fruit and blessing.... but he cannot win. My God is bigger and stronger. And I will not be discouraged or afraid because the LORD my God is with me. Our struggles are not against flesh and blood - they are against the spiritual forces of evil [Ephesian 6:12].

Many of you have walked through this journey with me as God continues to unfold His plans for my life. I praise Him for Who He IS and what He is doing.

The passage that I was writing from 1 Tim. 6:12 when the dog began to bark finishes with these words... in the presence of many witnesses.

"The LORD giveth and the LORD taketh away; Blessed be the Name of the LORD!" Even Louie 'fought the good fight'. God will even use the life of my pet goose to praise His name forever. [Louie was 11 years old in July].

Choosing JOY in sorrow,

Stephanie [I AM the BELOVED of CHRIST]

Saturday, August 23, 2008


Matthew 13:1-23
The Parable of the Sower
1That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake. 2 Such large crowds gathered around Him that He got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore.
3 Then He told them many things in parables, saying:
"A farmer went out to sow his seed.
4 As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up.
5 Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow.
6 But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants.
8 Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.
9 He who has ears, let him hear."
10 The disciples came to Him and asked, "Why do you speak to the people in parables?"
11 He replied, "The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them. 12Whoever has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him.
13 This is why I speak to them in parables:
"Though seeing, they do not see;
though hearing, they do not hear or understand.
14 In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah:
" 'You will be ever hearing but never understanding;
you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.
15 For this people's heart has become calloused;
they hardly hear with their ears,
and they have closed their eyes.
Otherwise they might see with their eyes,
hear with their ears,
understand with their hearts
and turn, and I would heal them.'
16 But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear.
17 For I tell you the truth, many prophets and righteous men longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.
18 "Listen then to what the parable of the sower means:
19 When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is the seed sown along the path.
20The one who received the seed that fell on rocky places is the man who hears the word and at once receives it with joy.
21 But since he has no root, he lasts only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, he quickly falls away.
22 The one who received the seed that fell among the thorns is the man who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke it, making it unfruitful.
23 But the one who received the seed that fell on good soil is the man who hears the word and understands it. He produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown." [emphasis mine]

Choosing JOY,

Thursday, August 21, 2008


Yesterday, the LORD led me to find my very first Bible. I knew it was somewhere in the house but I had searched for several days on my own to locate it to no avail. Finally, I asked the LORD to help me find it and within 24 hours He led me right to it! These were the first passages He showed me - dated August 26th, 1971 [when I was less than 2 years old in the LORD]. His faithfulness and truth have counseled me since the day I received Him as Savior and He wanted to remind me of that now! Only GOD!

[Side note: My original Bible has a White Cover and I had drawn a large Butterfly on the front of it with colored markers - the same markers I used to date and highlight verses on the inside. The Butterfly is now faded away from age. I believe God just gave me another Butterfly Kiss!]

Isaiah 25 KJV
1 O Lord, Thou art my God; I will exalt Thee, I will praise Thy name;
for Thou hast done wonderful things;
Thy counsels of old are faithfulness and truth.
8 He will swallow up death in victory;
and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from off all faces;
and the rebuke of His people shall He take away from off all the earth:
for the LORD hath spoken it.
9 And it shall be said in that day,
"Lo, this is our God; we have waited for Him, and He will save us: this is the LORD;
we have waited for Him,
we will be glad and rejoice in His salvation."
10 For in this mountain shall the Hand of the LORD rest

Isaiah 26 KJV
1 In that day shall this song be sung in the land of Judah; We have a strong city; salvation will God appoint for walls and bulwarks [walls of protection].
2 Open ye the gates, that the righteous nation which keepeth the truth may enter in. 20 Come, My people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast.

3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee: because he trusteth [radical trust] in Thee. [emphasis mine]

Choosing JOY,


Tuesday, August 19, 2008


When my three kids were little we taught them how to give "Butterfly Kisses". I am amazed to find out that so many people don't know what they are or how to do it. In case you're one of those people - it's when you come face to face with another person and put your eyes close enough to touch each other's eyelashes. Then you bat them - like the wings of a butterfly! Simple - special - face to face and very close.
God has been THAT CLOSE to me over the last few weeks... pouring on His Butterfly Kisses - reminding me how close He is and how much He loves me.

Psalm 34:18
The LORD is close to the brokenhearted
and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

Psalm 85

7 Show us Your unfailing love, O LORD,

and grant us Your salvation.
8 I will listen to what God the LORD will say;

He promises peace to His people, His saints—
but let them not return to folly.
9 Surely His salvation is near those who fear Him,

that His glory may dwell in our land.
10 Love and faithfulness meet together;

righteousness and peace kiss each other.
11 Faithfulness springs forth from the earth,

and righteousness looks down from heaven.
12 The LORD will indeed give what is good,

and our land will yield its harvest.
13 Righteousness goes before Him

and prepares the way for His steps. [all emphasis mine]

Choosing JOY,


Sunday, August 17, 2008

The Very Same JESUS

God has been revealing Himself in magnificant ways lately. At my husband's funeral celebration service I spoke about God - calling Him "the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob." I had no idea why I said that or referred to Him in that manner [then]. Afterward, I asked my Pastor why I said that. He replied, "Why don't you ask God that question?" So I did. Now - nearly two years later - God has answered in volumes. Here are some of His answers - straight from the pages of His own [God-breathed] Word.. and in Jesus own words no less and the words of St. Paul as well.

Mark 12:26-27
26 Now about the dead rising—have you not read in the book of Moses, in the account of the bush, how God said to him, 'I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob'? 27 He is not the God of the dead, but [the God] of the living.

Galatians 3: 6-9, 26-29
6 Consider Abraham: "He believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness." 7 Understand, then, that those who believe are children of Abraham. 8 The Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham: "All nations will be blessed through you." 9 So those who have faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.
Sons of God
26 You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, 27 for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise. [all emphasis mine]

I hope you can grasp the full impact of these passages.
The GOD of Abraham Isaac and Jacob is >>>>>>>>>
  • The God of the LIVING
  • The One True and Living God
  • Faithful to the Promises He makes
  • The I AM
  • The Ancient of Days
  • The Same = Yesterday, Today and Forever
  • Our very same = JESUS


Choosing JOY,

Stephanie.......... [I AM the BELOVED of CHRIST]

Friday, August 15, 2008


God's Word for the day: ABOUND

Psalm 15:1-2
A psalm of David.
1 LORD, who may dwell in Your sanctuary?
Who may live on Your holy hill?
2 He whose walk is blameless [upright]
and who does what is righteous,
who speaks the truth from his heart…

2 Corinthians 9:6-8
6 Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 7 Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. [all emphasis mine]




Choosing JOY,


Wednesday, August 13, 2008


Anybody just need a rest? Need a reprieve? Need the burden lifted? Don't look for wise and profound answers. Just reach out and receive it - the revealed faith - like the faith of a child.

Matthew 11:25-30
Rest for the Weary
25 At that time Jesus said, "I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because You have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. 26 Yes, Father, for this was Your good pleasure.
27 "All things have been committed to Me by My Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal Him.
28 "Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light."

God's Word for today is : GIVEN
Thought to ponder
: What have you given to God today, this week or this year? What has God given to you? May we give thanks for ALL that is given!

Choosing JOY,


Monday, August 11, 2008


LORD - You have made each of us unique. You have called us to Yourself and in that calling we are set apart for You... to love You and honor You with our lives. We are set apart unto Christ!

Leviticus 20:23-24
You must not live according to the customs of the nations I am going to drive out before you. Because they did all these things, I abhorred them. But I said to you, "You will possess their land; I will give it to you as an inheritance, a land flowing with milk and honey." I am the LORD your God, who has set you apart from the nations.

Deuteronomy 10:8
At that time the LORD set apart the tribe of Levi to carry the ark of the covenant of the LORD, to stand before the LORD to minister and to pronounce blessings in his name, as they still do today.

Psalm 4:3
Know that the LORD has set apart the godly for Himself; the LORD will hear when I call to Him.

1 Peter 3:15
But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect... [all scripture emphasis mine]

Choosing JOY,


Thursday, August 7, 2008


The 3rd Easter Lily bloomed today - on the 3rd day! It is the CENTER One - the weakest one - the same one with holes in its petals from the hole that pierced it as a bud. ONLY GOD!

There is so much meaning and significance for me I can hardly speak or write about this - so let God speak to your heart as you view these precious gifts of the Lilies of the field - resurrected to new life for His kingdom purposes! Resurrection POWER anyone? Let God make something beautiful out of your life! Turn and trust!

Ezekiel 18:27-28
But if a wicked man turns away from the wickedness he has committed and does what is just and right, he will save his life. Because he considers all the offenses he has committed and turns away from them, he will surely live; he will not die. [emphasis mine]

Choosing JOY among the lilies,


Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Just Whisper... RISEN!

Someone today needs to hear the Lily Speak New Life! What or who in your life needs resurrection power? Be Blessed - it's yours for the asking!

Choosing JOY,


Tuesday, August 5, 2008


Psalm 136:1-13 [only half of the Psalm]
1 Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good.
His love endures forever.
2 Give thanks to the God of gods.

His love endures forever.
3 Give thanks to the Lord of lords:

His love endures forever.
4 to Him who alone does great wonders,

His love endures forever.
5 who by His understanding made the heavens,

His love endures forever.
6 who spread out the earth upon the waters,

His love endures forever.
7 who made the great lights—

His love endures forever.
8 the sun to govern the day,

His love endures forever.
9 the moon and stars to govern the night;

His love endures forever.
10 to Him who struck down the firstborn of Egypt

His love endures forever.
11 and brought Israel out from among them

His love endures forever.
12 with a mighty hand and outstretched arm;

His love endures forever.
13 to Him who divided the Red Sea asunder

His love endures forever. [emphasis mine]

Oh, the details of God's love for us. This Easter Lily bloomed this morning and another bud opened later in the day. There are three flowers on the plant. God resurrected it to bloom today for the second time this year. It bloomed at Easter too! ONLY GOD!!

Bless the LORD, O my soul, let all that is within me Bless His Holy Name!

Choosing JOY,

[I am the Bride of Christ]

Sunday, August 3, 2008

BLOG Restoration - OR

You can imagine how some of us who post on Blogspot felt when we received a message on Friday, August 1st, telling us that our Blogs were "blocked" and without proper review they would be shut down permanently within 20 days and all the posts would be lost forever. [As it turns out it was all due to technical difficulties - you know the kind that used to flash across a blank TV screen when you were a kid - remember those??] You just had to sit still and wait for "them" (whoever "they" were) to fix the problem. The good news is - all is well again - but seeing this (partial) statement released the next day reminded me of our relationship - first with our LORD GOD - and also with others - sometimes who falsely accuse us of things we never did or said. Only GOD can and will restore those relationships - because HE IS A GOD OF RESTORATION. I hope you can follow along with my thought [below] on this matter.

God’s Restoration of Relationships?

August 2, 2008 – Your Blog was restored today.
[1]You knew that already, and now we do too. [2]We have now restored all accounts that were [3]mistakenly marked as spam yesterday [August 1st].
We want to offer our [4]sincerest apologies to affected bloggers and their readers. We’ve tracked down the problem to a bug in our data processing code that [5]locked blogs even when our algorithms [6]concluded they were not spam. We are adding additional monitoring and process checks to [7]ensure that bugs of this magnitude are caught before they can affect your data.At Blogger, [8]we strongly believe that you own and should control your posts and other data. We understand that you trust us to store and serve your blog…
[9]Our restoration today was of all blogs that were mistakenly marked as spam due to Friday's bug. Because spam fighting inherently [10]runs the risk of false positives, your blog may have been mis-classified as spam for other reasons. If you are still unable to post to your blog today you can request a review by clicking [11]Request Unlock Review on your Dashboard.

[1] Hebrews 11:1
Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.

[2] Exodus 14:14
"The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still."

[3] Daniel 6:24
At the king's command, the men who had falsely accused Daniel were brought in and thrown into the lions' den...

[4] Psalm 130:4
But with You there is forgiveness; therefore You are feared.

[5] Genesis 39:20
Joseph's master took him and put him in prison, the place where the king's prisoners were confined.

[6] James 4:11
Brothers, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against his brother or judges him speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it.

[7] Romans 12:19
Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is Mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.

[8] Psalm 37:5-6
Commit your way to the LORD;
I trust in Him and He will do this:
He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn,
the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.

[9] Jeremiah 30:3
"The days are coming,' declares the LORD, 'when I will bring My people Israel and Judah back from captivity and restore them to the land I gave their forefathers to possess,' says the LORD."

[10] Exodus 23:7
Have nothing to do with a false charge and do not put an innocent or honest person to death, for I will not acquit the guilty.

[11] Matthew 7:7
"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you."

One final passage:
Isaiah 61:1-4
[study this passage (on your own) about Christ and His restoring us to Himself as well as all the relationship around us.]

Choosing JOY,

[I am the BRIDE of Christ today!]

Friday, August 1, 2008

JOY Beyond

I wrote this poem [below] early this morning while observing God's Hand in creation and the inspiration of the Scripture passages listed:

Romans 11:33
Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!
How unsearchable His judgments, and His paths beyond tracing out!
Psalm 16:11 KJV
Thou wilt show me the path of life:
in Thy presence is fullness of joy;
at Thy Right Hand there are pleasures for evermore. [emphasis mine]
John 15:4-5
Remain in Me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the Vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in Me.
"I am the Vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in Me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from Me you can do nothing. [emphasis mine]

JOY Beyond…
Stephanie K. Brower
Copyright 2008
[Inspired by Romans 11:33 /Psalm 16 / John 15]

Beyond happiness... we find true joy,
When in Christ’s heart we do deploy.
Beyond the fruit, back to its source,
In the Vine, we run our course.

Beyond ourselves, and selfishness,
In Christ, joy comes, through His faithfulness.
Joy is inward; being satisfied
In anything and everything God will provide.

Joy beyond… our circumstance,
Is truly what stirs our hearts to dance.
Joy beyond… all earthly treasure,
Is God’s desire for us to measure.

Joyful peace in all things bent.
Our hearts being lifted, as we are sent.
We proclaim this joy by our countenance,
In hopes, just one, we may influence.

Joy beyond… that lost one found,
When angels singing in heaven resound.
Beyond happiness… we might be smart,
For true joy – is gladness of the heart.

Joy beyond… all boundaries of earth,
Eternal pleasures His Presence will birth.
Fullness of life given this chosen one,
Eternal JOY finds… in heaven’s home.

Choosing JOY,

[Trusting God's Heart]