3 Bible Verses About Joy!

I’m continuing my series based on the Fruit of the Spirit found in Galatians 5:22-23, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”

Each month, I’ll pick a fruit and share a few thoughts and verses about it.

I’m focusing on the fruit of joy this month.

Joy is different than happiness. Happiness usually depends on your circumstances. You get a raise, you plan a trip, you hear good news and you feel happy.

That’s wonderful, but that’s not true joy. As a Christian, you can experience joy even when you’re having a bad day because joy doesn’t depend on your circumstances. Real joy flows from Christ living inside of you.

Because of the Holy Spirit’s beautiful and powerful work inside of you, you can be having a rotten day but still be bursting out in worship. You can be crying, but praising and thanking God anyway.

It’s hard to explain, but you know it when you feel it. Here are a few Bible verses that talk about joy:

  • “Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.” (Nehemiah 8:10)
  • “Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy.” (Psalm 126:5)
  • “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. (James 1:2-4)

I don’t want to make light of whatever you may be going through. I would like to remind you that God is good no matter what.

You woke up this morning. You can read this. You have a roof over your head and food on your table. You are blessed! I hope that makes you smile.

You may not see the answer to your prayers yet, but don’t let the enemy steal your joy. Instead of having a pity party, have a praise party!

God loves you! God is with you! God is working things out for your good (Romans 8:28).

Are you feeling joyful yet?

Don’t dwell on what you don’t have or what is going wrong in your life. Look up! God is still on the throne. Amen! Here’s a bonus verse from the apostle Paul, “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4)

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Announcing Abounding Faith’s 1st Ever Women’s Conference!

I’m excited to announce that Abounding Faith’s first ever women’s conference will be held on the morning of Saturday, May 20th. Ladies, please mark your calendars!

I’ll be sharing more about the conference shortly.

Hosting conferences is something that God placed in my heart a few years ago. I’m delighted that I’m finally in the season where I have the green light to move forward with this particular God-given dream!

This conference will be a time of encouragement, inspiration, and connecting with other women on fire for the Lord. You won’t want to miss it! Please stay tuned for more details!

If you’re a business, organization, or individual interested in sponsoring this empowerment conference for dynamic women in the New York City area, please email Info@AboundingFaith.com to learn more.

Thank you for your prayers and encouragement! Remember, God answers prayers! Blessings to you as you see God opening doors in your life!

“Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!” (Luke 1:45)

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Abounding Faith Books Update

As I gear up to release my third book in April, I’d like to take a moment to share a few updates about my first two books. I’m honored and humbled to see how the Lord is opening doors and allowing my books to reach even more readers!

I’m delighted that Bible study groups have started studying Waiting on God Well and that it is on the approved reading list for The Bowery Mission Women’s Center.

I’m excited that Waiting on God Well and Abounding Faith will also be sold in a new bookstore opening in California in May! I will be sure to share more details soon!

It’s a blessing to hear from readers and to know that they are being touched by my books. It helps to spur me on to keep writing! It’s lovely words like these that help to encourage me to keep going:

  • Waiting on God Well was quite insightful and encouraging. It gave some very practical tools that can help us continue waiting on the Lord and not give up,”       Pastor Lillian Gutierrez, Love Gospel Assembly
  • Waiting on God Well is a good and simple read with excellent scriptural references/meditation and (my favorite), the action steps. They’re so HELPFUL! I feel that women, men or anyone who’s willing to seek God’s guidance can benefit from you book,” Manni Lee, Associate Executive Director, Women of Wonder (WOW)

For more reader reviews, click here.

I am grateful for all my readers and for every opportunity I get to speak and encourage folks as they wait on God to fulfill His promises to them and as they believe God for the impossible!

If you have been blessed by my books, I would love to hear from you. Kind reviews of Waiting on God Well and Abounding Faith are always welcome. Please feel free to leave a short review on Amazon or to email Info@AboundingFaith.com. I’d also appreciate your help spreading the word about both books to your friends, family, small groups, and book clubs!

I’m looking forward to sharing more news about my third book and the other doors the Lord is opening. Please stay tuned.

Blessings to you as you continue on your faith journey! I hope you are seeing God’s fingerprints in your life!

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Abounding Faith TV Appearance

It was a delight to be back in the TV studio with Pastor Luis Ortiz and Ebenezer Film Productions. It’s always an honor to get to speak about God!

Yes, it’s still a bit odd for me to go from being the interviewer tucked behind the scenes during my journalism days to now being interviewed in front of the camera but I think I’m getting the hang of it.

I pray you’re blessed by this video. Please note that folks switch from Spanish to English throughout the segment.

To view my previous appearance, click below.

 

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3 Bible Verses About Love!

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I’m launching a new series this month based on the Fruit of the Spirit found in Galatians 5:22-23, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”

Each month, I’ll pick a fruit and share a few thoughts and verses about it.

I’m starting with the fruit of love. There are so many verses to choose from especially since the Bible is God’s love letter to us!

I’d like to share verses that talk about three important aspects of love:

God’s love for us! But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)

Our love for God! “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.” (Deuteronomy 6:5)

Our love for others! “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13: 34-35)

Amid all the chocolate and flowers that are bought and given this month, it’s good to stop and think about these aspects of love. Allow me to ask you a few questions based on the above verses:

How are you doing with rejoicing in God’s unconditional love for you? Are you taking the time to bask in and to thank God for His matchless love? Everything we do should flow from that knowledge that God is love and that He loves us!

How are you doing with loving God? Are you taking the time to worship and praise God simply for who He is? That shouldn’t be reserved just for Sunday morning service or only for when you get good news.

How are you doing with loving others? It’s not about the car you drive, the neighborhood you live in, the clothes you wear, or your job title and salary. That’s not what sets you apart as a child of God. Jesus said people would know you are His disciple by how you love others. He told His disciples to love each other as He loved them.

If all this is a little overwhelming to you, I’d like to remind you that everything we do flows out of God’s love for us. The more you mediate on Bible verses about God’s amazing love for you and reflect on His perfect love, the more you’ll love Him back and be able to love others.

I pray God will give you a fresh revelation of His supernatural love for you! Embrace it! Celebrate it! And then share it with others!

Blessings!

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Birthday Blessings to My Mom!

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I’m celebrating my Mom’s birthday this month! In honor of my incredible Mom, I’m linking to two posts I’ve written about her in the past and a guest post she wrote a few years back. I pray you’re blessed and encouraged by re-visiting these posts!

“Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.” (Proverbs 31:30-31)

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Happy 2017 Video Greeting & Book 3 Update

I hope you’re blessed by this short video update that I recently shot. I’m excited to be sharing an update about Book 3 and more. Blessings!

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3 Journal Writing Prompts to Help You Wait on God Well!

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What promises are you waiting on God to fulfill in your life? Whether you’re waiting for a breakthrough in your professional or personal life, I encourage you to record your thoughts in a journal. It’s helpful to write out your prayer requests, praise reports, and reflections.

Need a little inspiration to get started journaling?

I’d like to share 3 journal writing prompts that are inspired by my book Waiting on God Well: How to Prevent Breaking Down on Your Way to Your Breakthrough (available on Amazon).

I hope you will prayerfully respond to the following questions in your journal:

  • The Bible verses that I am standing on in this season are …
  • The Bible character that most inspires me right now is …
  • Today I am grateful for …

One of the best things about jotting down your thoughts is that you can always go back and read them at a later date and hopefully be encouraged by how God delivered you from certain circumstances and gave you the grace to endure other situations.

If you’d like more journal writing prompts to help you during your waiting season, just download my new free PDF “7 Journal Writing Prompts to Help You Wait on God Well” as a free gift when you sign up to get my weekly blog posts emailed to you for free.

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I pray you will feel God’s strength and grace as you wait to see Him move in your life and do what only He can do!

If you’d like to get some inspiring journals to chronicle your journey, check out these and other journals available exclusively at Abounding Faith’s online store. Blessings!

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Happy 4th Blogversary!

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I can hardly believe that my 4th Blogversary is here. How in the world haven’t I run out of lessons, musings, adventures, and news to share with you?

As I’ve said in the past, I will continue to write and speak as long as the Lord keeps giving me something to say.

I’m grateful that you continue to show up and read my posts. Quite a few of you have been with me since my very first posts. How lovely! Thank you!

I’m also thankful to those of you who took a moment to fill out my recent Reader Survey. I’m touched to hear that you are being blessed by my blog and my books.

A reader comment that stood out to me was:

Waiting on God Well gave me time to address a deep prayer request of my heart I had sort of ‘buried.” I took your book on a plane trip, underlined and prayed my way thru, even journaling some. Thank you for your encouragement!”

This kind of feedback helps to encourage me to keep writing and sharing parts of my faith journey with you.

I plan to continue encouraging you as you wait on God and believe Him for the impossible.

I want to encourage you to live your God-given dreams! I plan to do so right here on my blog and through my upcoming book and events. Please stay tuned!

There’s a lot going on at Abounding Faith! Don’t miss a thing!

I hope you’ll connect with Abounding Faith on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Pinterest.

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Many blessing to you and thanks for being on this faith journey with me!

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7 Bible Verses to Boost Your Hope!

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Are you struggling to wait on God to fulfill His promises in your life? Are you afraid that you’ll never see a breakthrough in your finances, personal life, or ministry work?  If so, I’d like to encourage you not to give up! God is Faithful and will move in your life in His perfect timing and in His perfect way!

Here are a few Bible verses to help you be a prisoner of hope and weather whatever storm you are facing:

  1. “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13)
  2. “Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge. Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.”  (Psalm 62:5-8)
  3. “But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.” (Romans 8:24b-25)
  4. “Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” (Romans 4:18)
  5. “Return to your fortress, you prisoners of hope; even now I announce that I will restore twice as much to you.” (Zechariah 9:12)
  6. “For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.” (Romans 15:4)
  7. “May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.” (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17)

God will not let you down. Trust Him to work out your situation for your good as He promises to do in Romans 8:28!  God specializes in parting seas, raising the dead, healing the sick, and saving the lost. 

Be encouraged! “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8)

Which Bible verses help to fill your heart with hope? Feel free to leave them in the comments below. Blessings!

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For more encouragement, read my books Waiting on God Well: How to Prevent Breaking Down on Your Way to Your Breakthrough and Abounding Faith: 30 Bible Heroes Who Will Inspire You to Believe God for the Impossible! To learn how I can come alongside of you as your Life Coach or to invite me to speak at your event, visit my website www.aboundingfaith.com. Check out Abounding Faith’s online store here. You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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