God is always present. He is the Great I AM. Sometimes we struggle to see His fingerprints on our lives. Joy in the Journey comes as we seek to recognize the work of God in our lives–and in the lives of those around us.
Joy in the Journey is a tool box for those wanting to know more of the presence of God. This book is useful for individual or group study. Workshops for small group leaders or multi-week studies can be arranged for groups wishing to dig deeper into the topic. The books are available for individual purchase at Amazon and CreateSpace. More information on Workshops is available here.
I’ve been talking about it for weeks! The Spiritual Journaling book–that morphed into more. I am so excited to say:
It is almost ready for release. The files are submitted for review.
Joy in the Journey: Tools for Spiritual Growth: Journaling & More
The promises of a life of faith are full and enticing. Yet sometimes life feels futile. Joy in the Journey offers tools and hope for those who want to see the beauty in every day. Healing for the past and hope for the future are real promises from Jesus Christ. This books helps individuals see both!
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Growing up spiritually takes a plan. When I accepted Christ as Lord–as opposed to receiving a ticket out of hell–I had trouble finding folks who could articulate the Way. They told me ‘read the Bible,’ ‘do this’ and ‘do that.’ They were not wrong, but I needed more. It is always my heart to offer that ‘more’ to others who are on this glorious path!
Throughout this website and in my materials you will find resources for ‘more.’ Soul Training in the Barn is a basic study to move believers on in their faith journey. BUT the bottom line is this:
We cannot “DO” to be…but when we “BE DISCIPLES” we will surely do the works God plans for us!
so, here are some BEs to do!
- RELATIONAL – Discipleship demands relationship with the Holy Spirit. Become best friends with the Holy Spirit; distinguish His voice; and increase your responsiveness.
- Be Spirit-led. Be Spirit-loved. Be Reverent.
- Isaiah 30:21; John 14:26; Galatians 5:16
- BIBLICALLY LITERATE – Study the Scriptures to know the King, the Kingdom and the Way.
- Be Students of the Word. Be Faithful.
- Psalm 119:9-11; Joshua 1:8; Matthew 4:4; 2 Timothy 2:15
- TRANSFORMED – What you learn as you study, must be practiced. Live the Word you read.
- Be the Word. Be Growing. Be Eternal. Be Obedient.
- Proverbs 4:20-1; John 14:15; James 1:23-25
- TRANSPARENT – Be honest and allow the Spirit total access to your heart, mind and will.
- Be Teachable. Be Humble. Be Hospitable (invite people to know the real you!).
- Proverbs 12:1; Luke 18:17; Hebrews 12:6
- FAMILY – Produce spiritual children, care for one another.
- Be Leaders. Be Encouragers. Be in Fellowship. Be Peacemakers.
- 1 Corinthians 12:12; Romans 14:13; Colossians 3:13
- LOVE – Live the Word that others will see it and long for it.
- Be Christ-like. Be Unselfish. Be Eternal.
- Proverbs 10:12; 1 Corinthians 13:4-8; 1 John 4:7, 18-19
Today at 3 PM, Last Straw Dog Training will provide the first in a series of dog obedience classes at our house. Any are welcome, but there is an underlying goal to this venture.
1 Corinthians 15:46 sums it up well for me:
The spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and after that the spiritual.
We believe that Jesus Christ is the answer to all of life’s dilemmas, but we are often blind as to how that can be. We believe that pets are great instructors who can reveal truths in powerful ways!
The natural life is our ground for learning about Jesus. Pets reach hearts when people cannot. The tangible results of pet interaction for those with hurting hearts is well documented. Children are drawn to pets; old people as well. From family pets to therapy dogs to service animals, the potential of well-trained pets is phenomenal.
For those willing to invest themselves in partnering with their pets (to learn and share natural/spiritual truths) there are even greater rewards. The natural (our minds, our bodies) must meld knowledge and discipline. That is our responsibility. The spirit work is all the Lord’s. The natural life training will benefit anyone willing to exercise themselves to do it. The spiritual potential will be enjoyed by any willing to receive it.
Participation in actual therapy visits is not a requirement for attending the training. The cost is $25 per pet. For more information on how we see animals partnering to teach us, visit Heartsong Pets.
Did you know that billions of dollars sit in ‘unclaimed funds’ accounts across the United States? Deposits have been made to the legal, rightful owners of monies (i.e. inheritances, refunds, settlements), but they never actually ‘get’ those monies because they don’t know it’s there! In the spiritual sense, ‘unclaimed funds’ accounts litter the ‘Church’ and impoverish the world! As Christians, we all have more than we are using: let’s resolve to get more of our spiritual inheritance in the coming year.
God loves to give! In fact, II Peter 1:3 tells us we have everything we need already! But receiving is passive; getting requires awareness and action!
Think about it: salvation is the start of life itself. That Gift requires belief to activate it. Every other spiritual gift requires active faith as well.
As the gift of a New Year languishes on our doorstep, ponder this:
“What has God given to me that I am not actively enjoying?”
Obviously, having everything we need doesn’t mean life will be perfect. Unfairness, rejection, and evil littered the life of our Lord; it will ours as well. Like Christ, though, we can enjoy abundant life with eternal purposes! None of the wrong, ugly things of life can separate us from the love and power of God, though. Emotional woundings, destructive addictions and ungodly lusts are no match for the resources we possess—when we know we have—and use it!
Knowing is the key concept. We received all things at salvation but we ‘get’ them as we gain more knowledge about God Himself. Answering our call to glory…to eternal significance, virtue and holy right-ness demands that we know the Truth about those things…and then do our best to live them out. We must ‘get’ it so we can pass it on to all we encounter in our journeys of life!
The very power of God delivered us from sin—and delivered all things to us for His grand purposes! This life of faith comes with the power we need to walk out His godliness in the day-to-day—blessing others as we go. We are saved for a purpose! Let’s not leave unclaimed resources in our spiritual banks this coming year. We need all we have…and so does this world.