steady {Five Minute Friday}

steady {Five Minute Friday}

I only have 5 minutes… setting the timer for FMF:


When I hear the word –steady I think of my Lord and Savior, Jesus. He is the steadiest One I know. He never stumbles or falls.

Thoughts that come to mind on the word, STEADY:

Steady…. He’s the man I am committed to being with and no one else. (like my husband)

Steady… it’s what it takes to balance something; a steady hand.

Steady… something firm and fixed. Unchanging.

Steady… Slow and steady wins the race. Consistent. Persistent.

I look at the picture of these rocks and how they can be stacked just so and they don’t fall. I can say, my relationship with Jesus is steady as long as I seek Him daily; as long as I meditate on His Word daily. Without his steady presence in my life, I would have chaos. Thank God for His steady hand guiding my life.


Living in His Joy!
Eva Raye


worth {Five Minute Friday}

worth {Five Minute Friday}


Setting the timer for FMF:



I’m at a place in my life where I have to keep reminding myself…

It’ll all be worth it in the long run; meaning, it will pay off.

Lessons I’ve learned growing up, becoming a mother and raising my children are valuable now. When I was learning from my mistakes, I was thinking… it’s just not worth it. But sticking with something long enough is worth it.

My husband and I are so blessed to have the opportunity to spend valuable time and speak into the lives of our grandchildren. They are worth more than anything the world can offer.

Audrey, Bishop, and Maddox.

Audrey Girl   Bishop   Maddox

I’m “Granny” to the first two, Audrey and Bishop. But Maddox has a little harder time sounding out his ‘g’ so I’m “NeNe” to him.

I love what my pastor says about grandkids… They are a parent’s reward for not killing their own kids.

I love them so much. But I can’t always say “yes” every time they ask for something. I’d be teaching them that life is about taking instead of giving. I want them to grow up and become responsible adults who love the Lord with all of their heart. After all… they will be parents to my great grandchildren one day. The disappointments they experience and the obstacles they overcome now will be worth it when they are older.

It’s hard, but I keep telling myself…

It’s gonna be worth it!


Living in HIS Joy!
Eva Raye

expect {Five Minute Friday}



I’m setting the timer and…


When I hear the word EXPECT, I immediately think of God. You know… my Savior and my Lord.

I expect Him to hear me when I pray.

I expect Him to comfort me when I cry.

I expect Him to listen to me when I call.

My granddaughter always expects us to buy her something every time we went shopping. So much that one time, when she was about 6, we decided it was not a good idea to let her pick out something. So when she asked for a stuffed animal, she expected us to say, sure. When we didn’t… she said, “Why are y’all acting like this? You are supposed to say yes.” This little girl lives with high expectations.

I want to always live like this.

When I met my mom at the hospital in September, I didn’t expect them to tell us that she had Leukemia.

But my expectations changed once I began to pray and asked God to move. He is meeting my expectations. He is doing things that amaze me.

In the waiting, I will not expect the worse… I will fully EXPECT Him to do what I ask, as I pray according to His will.

Expect with me, in Jesus name.



Living in HIS Joy!
Eva Raye

future {Five Minute Friday}


FMF Future


So what comes to mind when I saw the word prompt: FUTURE

This song comes to mind. Faithful God (Lyrics)

God above the world I know  │ God above all I hold dear no matter what the circumstance God above, I trust in You

Though I walk through the darkest night  │ You hold my hand I know the sun will shine again  My hope is found in You

Faithful God, You stay the same │ I know Your promises remain  though the future is unclear to me │ Faithful God

It’s a song my pastor’s son, Kristopher Neel, wrote years ago. It’s the first song that ministered to me the week after Hurricane Rita destroyed our home.

We live in South Louisiana and our house has flooded twice… 2005 (Hurricane Rita) and 2008 (Hurricane Ike). When something like this happens, you don’t know what the future holds.

The Insurance Company wasn’t sure they would allow us to gut our home and remodel it. So, in faith, we took the insurance check and paid off a home that was now worthless in the messed-up-nasty-muddy-wet state it was in.

The future always comes after the storm. In the near future, 2 months later… people came from the all around the world volunteering to assist families in repairing their homes.

Now, almost 12 years in the future.

We have been through 2 storms leaving our home flooded 2 times, and both times, God was faithful to walk (swim) with us through to the other side.

Everything paid in full. Praise God for His Faithfulness and Blessings!

For the full story you can go to one of my Joy Stories: Rita… she tried to steal my joy! and Ike came to visit

Living in HIS Joy!
Eva Raye

Visit {Five Minute Friday}



Here I go again… stepping out and doing a new thing. Another post as part of the Five Minute Friday link-up. FMF is where bloggers gather together to form a writing flash mob where we all write on a one-word prompt for 5 minutes with no editing.

The Word this week is: Visit



It’s what we do when life slows down or we slow life down.

Spending time with others is necessary.

I love early mornings, doing devotions with my husband. We visit with each other as we share what God is speaking to us before our day gets busy.

I love when my kids come to visit us.

Visiting family.

My Friday visit with my bosom friend, Donna.

Electronics has robbed us of the art of visiting. Everyone is looking at their phone, reading their Facebook page, communicating through text or email. People have forgotten how to visit.

When we visit, it’s often hard to say goodbye, but we know that we will meet up again.

There’s One who does so much more than visits me. I never have to say goodbye to Him. God inhabits (dwells) the praises of His people (Psalm 22:3). So when you praise Him, He will not just come and go as a visitor does. He will come and fill you with His presence. And He will never leave you.

Take time to visit your family and friends often.

Spend time with your Savior and enjoy His company continually.


Eva Raye


Truth {Five Minute Friday}



I just decided to step out and do a new thing. This post is part of the Five Minute Friday link-up. FMF is where bloggers gather together to form a writing flash mob where we all write on a one-word prompt for 5 minutes with no editing (sorry… it’s my first time so just a little editing)!

The word is – TRUTH



The opposite is lies.

Don’t you just hate being lied to? It makes you feel so betrayed. It hurts even more when you are being lied about and you know that it would hurt others if you try to defend yourself. I always struggle with whether I should reveal the truth or leave things covered to protect the innocent.

Sometimes, my reputation can be on the line. But you know… most important is what God thinks.

He knows.

He sees.

Nothing is hidden from Him.

satan is the father of all lies, and he oftentimes uses people that you trust to say things about you that aren’t true.

But JESUS is the way, the TRUTH, and the Life! So I will choose to move past the lies and live in the truth. God’s Word is truth.

He will defend my life (and yours). After all, He died for me (and you).

The truth is… this is where I’ve been living these days. But I choose to dwell in His Presence!

And that’s the truth!


Living in HIS Joy!

satan offers you a deal

satan offers you a deal

Okay… so I’ve been reading this book, “Hungry for More of Jesus” by David Wilkerson. It has been one of those books that you can’t rush through. You may read one chapter a few times to let it all sink in and change your heart and mind. So I get to Chapter 8: A Letter from the Devil, right at a time in my life when I’m dealing with some really hard issues. I mean, like… heart-piercing-pain. Of course the first time I read through the chapter, I found myself saying, “Wow!” Turn the page,“Wow!” Again, “Wow!” The second time I read it through, I said, “God, thank you for allowing me to be at this place in the book, at this place in my life.” He revealed some truths that have been carrying me through the pain. Sometimes you just have to stand up and say, “Enough, No more tribute to the enemy!” Here’s a little slice from the chapter.

About King Hezekiah: As long as he paid tribute to the devil (Assyria), there was no opposition, no war. But when he decided… no more compromise, he received a letter signed by Sennacherib, King of Assyria, but it was sent directly from hell! After bowing to the demands of Assyria for years, he finally cried out, “No more tribute to the enemy!”

The devil’s voice whispers, “There’s no need for you to be a nobody or to suffer unjustly. Just come out of your narrow, straight-laced ways and I’ll fix things for you. You’re going to prosper! I’ll give you all the money you need; corn, oil, wine. No more bills, no more just making ends meet. I’ll open the bank for you.” What a crooked salesman the devil is! He tells you, “Just one little deal, and all your problems will be solved. You deserve a break; you’ve suffered enough. Now it’s your turn to make it.”

But don’t be deceived: Every compromise you make in your walk with Jesus is the same as “going out” to the devil. When you sell short your relationship to Jesus, you are cutting a deal, making a bargain –and you are selling your soul in the process. Satan promises, “I [will] come and take you away to a land like your own land” (2 Kings 18:32). He says, in other words, “You can take God with you when you go with me. You will have to make some changes–but you will still be you. It won’t hurt anything. You can have it all–Jesus and a deal!”

Be warned: If you buy into this lie you will be the devil’s slave from that point on. There is no land of wine and oil or paradise as he promised. The minute you come out to him, he will slap chains around your neck and hands and lead you off to Babylon. You will never get what you thought you would get. Instead, you will get the whip and chain, broken promises and despair. You will get a taskmaster master for a father. The satisfying water he promised you is actually poisoned. No, you won’t have freedom. Instead, you will live under complete bondage, a slave to satan’s whims.

I usually don’t take much time talking about the devil. But I just want to expose him. Kick him in the gut. Spit in his face. Tell the truth about him…

He is a liar and the father of all lies.”   John 8:44

Recently in my personal life, I’ve faced some very difficult situations. Purposely being excluded and rejected. As I brought my tears before the Lord, He spoke this Word to me:

“What blessings await you when people hate you and exclude you and mock you and curse you as evil because you follow the Son of Man.  When that happens, be happy! Yes, leap for joy! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, their ancestors treated the ancient prophets that same way.” Luke 22:23

Looking at it from a new perspective, I can clearly see that my fight is not with flesh and blood but with my enemy, the devil.