Monthly Archives: May 2014

what’s in an almond joy?

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This may seem kind of crazy but… Sometimes God speaks to me in strange ways. You may never look at an Almond Joy as just a candy bar. Okay… So what is an Almond Joy? 
It’s a little bit of almond laying on a cloud of sweet, creamy-coconut delight surrounded by milk chocolate! Oh how I love almond joy candy bars!!

Almond Joy is kind of like our lives…
1) The almond represents the hard times
• Challenges/storms that come and go (sickness, overwhelming debt, maybe unfair personal treatment, death of a loved one, ___________________ fill-in your hardship).
The world will throw hardships at us from time to time! Sometimes more often than we care for. We cry and pour our hearts out to The Lord. He already knows what we are going through. It’s in the hard times that we need to learn how to lay the burden down at the foot of the cross. We eventually do walk through to the other side. Weeping may endure for the night, but JOY comes in the morning! Psalm 30:5
2) Then there’s the creamy sweetness 
• It’s all the blessings God pours on us! (The Holy Spirit, His unfailing love, His forever faithfulness, children, grandchildren, good health, life-giving relationships, and so much more) What an wonderful picture! We lay our burdens down (the hard stuff) and get to taste the sweetness of God’s awesomeness!
 
3) Let’s not forget the rich milk chocolate covering

• It represents God’s grace covering us
• His presence surrounding us

Next time you take a bite into an Almond Joy, remember: Taste and see that the LORD is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in Him! Psalm 34:8 Please leave me a comment. I’d love to hear from you. Sign up to receive my posts via email. We can be blogging friends.

 

love when that happens

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Started my day at the office, busy with details for the bulletin, website and Sunday service. I love having a job where I can serve The Lord while I work. It’s awesome. At noon I slipped away to spend a little time with Jesus.

We are hosting a Bible Study called ‘not a fan’ and it has been really challenging. The study comes with a journal that probes my inward thoughts and my heart’s desires and God gently exposes areas where I need to go deeper in Him. As I pursued my answers, I wrote: The path I took this morning was a good one, but I wish there were more opportunities.

Back at my desk… at about 2 o’clock the phone rang and it was a young lady. She wanted to speak to the pastor because (in her words) she wanted him to save her. Unfortunately for my pastor, his opportunity was given to me! This young girl was ready to surrender her life to Jesus and I was ready for the opportunity to share this experience with her. We prayed together and she was so thankful to have someone walk her through this life changing moment.

I love when this happens! God was with me at noon listening as I wrote my desires for the day and… BAM!

God did it!

The opportunity I was asking for came! I choose to live my life for Him! I can’t imagine a life without Him. If you want your life to be changed call me at the church. I’ll be MORE than HAPPY to pray with you!

living in HIS joy,
evaraye