Monday, April 25, 2011

my amy joy

Just a little fun and encouragement to help you along. I know I'm a dork...Get over it!! Love you, friend. 
-Jess



Push it -- push it real good.  -Salt N Pepa

I am coming out I want the world to know.  -Diana Ross

Come on baby, make it hurt so good.  -John Mellancamp

If you're going through hell, keep on going, don't slow down. If you're scared don't show it, you might get out before the devil even knows you're there.  -Rodney Atkins

The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my STRONGHOLD -Psalm 18:2

Wait for the Lord; be STRONG and take heart and wait for the Lord.  -Psalm 27:14

He gives strength to the weary and increases the POWER of the weak.  -Isaiah 40:29

Then you will call, and the Lord will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.   -Isaiah 58:9

But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.  -2 Chronicles 15:7

For when I am weak, then I am strong.  -2 Corinthians 12:10

I have great confidence in you; I take great pride in you; I am greatly encouraged; in all our troubles my joy knows no bounds! -2 Corinthians 7:4


Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.  -Psalm 73:25-26

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will STRENGTHEN you and HELP you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.  - Isaish 41:10

Baby, I'm amazed by you - lonestar 

Be my light in this darkened room. I'm on my face and I'm calling you...Everything about you, takes my breath away. Hallelujah. -sanctus real

This is my prayer in the fire, in weakness or trial or pain. There is a faith proved of more worth than gold. So refine me Lord through the flame. -Hillsong

You are my hope, my strength, my life, my peace, my rock, my joy, my everything. -Jeremy Camp   

Listen to this song, Let it make your heart feel better - sanctus real

Thursday, April 14, 2011

greek

Is the height of my chara joy dependent on the depths of my eucharisteo thanks? So then as long as thanks is possible, then joy is always possible. Joy is always possible. Whenever, meaning --now; wherever, meaning --here. The holy grail of joy is not some exotic location or some emotional mountain peak experience. The joy wonder could be here! Here, in the messy, piercing ache of now, joy might be --unbelievably-- possible! The only place we need see before we die is this place of seeing God, here and now.

Charis. Grace.
Eucharisteo. Thanksgiving.
Chara. Joy.

--Ann Voskamp

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

1000 gifts

I think how the God-glory in a cheese ring might seem trifling. Even offensive, to focus the lens of a heart on the minute, in a world mangled and maimed and desperately empty.

I know there is poor and hideous suffering, and I've seen the hungry and the guns that go to war. I have lived the pain, and my life can tell: I only deep the wound of the world when I neglect to give thanks for early light dappled through leaves and the heavy perfume of wild roses in early July and the song of crickets on humid nights and the rivers that run and the stars that rise and the rain that falls and all the good things that a good God gives. Why would the world need more anger, more outrage? How does it save the world to reject unabashed joy when it is joy that saves us? Rejecting joy to stand in solidarity with the suffering doesn't rescue the suffering. The converse does. The brave who focus on all things good and all things beautiful and all things true, even in the small, who give thanks for it and discover joy even in the here and now, they are the change agents who bring fullest Light to all the world. When we lay the soil of our hard lives open to the rain of grace and let joy penetrate our cracked and dry places, let joy soak into our broken skin and deep crevices, life grows.

--Ann Voskamp, pg 40.