Thursday, November 14, 2019

Happy Thursday reader!

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Want to know how I celebrated my birthday on October 27? God allowed me the privilege of bringing a message of God’s promise to the four services at Greenway Church. If you are part of the Facebook community, you can use this LINK to watch my 10-minute talk.

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My recent TV interview on Welcome Home

With a bit of humor, I relate the details of the latest miracle in my life. Note: the entire online episode is terrific, but if you're pressed for time, feel free to fast forward to the 25-minute mark where you'll catch my interview. CLICK HERE

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This month’s delightful announcement.

As you know, God’s faithfulness reaches down to the hidden crevices of our pain. And that’s where He sometimes puts the answer. Sometimes He shows a new path. Sometimes He presents a new beginning.

God did all three for me. As I mentioned before, Dale is the godly man the Lord put in my life and with God’s blessing, Dale and I will become one on December 1 at 6 p.m. at Greeneway Church, 3400 Hunter’s Creek Blvd. Orlando, FL 32837.

If you’re in the Orlando area at that time, our joy will overflow if you can be present. We pray you will witness a union orchestrated by God.

We ask, no gifts please, only your presence that will make our moment shine even more.

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When we feel like we don’t measure up, God has the answer for us in this two-minute VIDEO that's sure to lift your day.

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It’s getting close to Christmas. Here’s a great gift for that person on your list who will be entertained and inspired with a sweet story of love. It’s my friend’s new release: In Black and White by MaryAnn Diiorio.

Here’s what the novel is about: When 22-year-old graduate student Tori Pendula falls in love with 26-year-old Ghanaian exchange student Jebena Kapitsa, she faces losing her family, her future, and her faith. Will she be able to withstand the onslaughts of racism and stay true to the love of her life? Or will racial prejudice destroy yet another love in the wake of hatred and revenge?

Your copy of In Black and White is waiting HERE.

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The only way to calm your heart.

Did you know when bad times appear, the most frequent question is “why?” Of course, it is. We want to know why that unexpected layoff happened. Why our spouse stopped loving us. Why that debilitating illness struck.

We want answers and hope that in them, we’ll find peace and an easier journey.

But Jesus never promised easy. He promised eternal. He gave His Word as a permanent reassurance. And He repeats His love to be unfailing and without end.

That’s why when security ceases, we can hang on to that kind of love. We cling to it especially when lost in problems out of our control. God speaks with clarity about His plans to guide us. About His plans to prosper us and not to harm us. And even when circumstances don’t change, He’s ready to give us hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11).

When we don’t see His plans at work, He says: "See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland” (Isaiah 43:19).

The streams of reassurance open the way to new horizons. In the desert of pain, He makes the way for healing and in the wasteland of grief He brings the warmth of His comfort.

While walking through life, another question comes: Where is He when we’re drowning in fear because of unexpected adversity? And where is He when we’re crossing through the fire of stress?

He knows the precise place of our needs. He knows the spot where we hurt. And He is aware of the intensity of our suffering. And to it all, He whispers: “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze” (Isaiah 43:2).

When stress burns, the only way to calm our heart is to listen to His voice. When He says that we’ll not drown in despair. And when the fire of fear draws near, it will never burn because He’s in the midst of our weakness. He’s at the moment we stumble, when anxiety visits, and even when morning comes and sadness lingers, His voice repeats that He’s the source of our joy and the author of the new chapter about to begin.

As you read this, may His Word calm your heart, put confidence in your step, and put a new melody for your days.

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Prayer

If you have any requests, please share them HERE and I'll join you in bringing them before the Lord.

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Just a thought...

You might not know this, but JC Empowerment Ministries survives solely on donations. If you feel led to join me in spreading the Gospel, hop on over to this LINK to make your joy-filled tax-deductible contribution. (This takes you to my About Me page where you will find the yellow DONATE button located on the bottom right.)

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I love you all, Janet