Day 25 of 31 days because

Day 25 – Because

Not sure where this word will take us because my mind is blank.

Today is a special day because… it’s Bishop’s sixth birthday!

Growing up I can remember asking my parents “Why?” You probably did the same.

We all know the answer… “Because I said so.” 

I love it when my husband surprises me with a “Just “Because!”

My husband recently memorized Psalm 91 because He wanted to hide it in his heart. He just reminded me that the word ‘because’ is in this particular Psalm, three times:

“Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, even the Most High, your dwelling place, no evil shall befall you, nor shall any plague come near your dwelling; For He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways. In their hands, they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone. You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra, the young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.

Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high because he has known My name. He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him. With long life, I will satisfy him, and show him My salvation.”

These verses are loaded with promises given to us just because we took time to get in the secret place with him. Those who choose to love the Lord just because!

I love the Lord with all my heart… just because!

Living in HIS Joy!
Eva Raye



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Day 24 of 31 days revise

Day 24 – Revise

Revise: alter (in light of further evidence); correct or improve

When I write… it looks this:

Type. Type. Type.

Backspace. Backspace.

Type. Type.


Type. Type. Type.


Sometimes I forget to save a document and we know what happens… a do-over!

At times, I’ll go back later and make revisions. Maybe it’s just a small revision to fix a typo or change a few words. Other times, it’s a total re-write. That’s why I enjoy doing the Five-Minute-Friday Writes. We don’t have enough time to worry about the mistakes or imperfections.

When Jesus saves us, it’s a do-over!  2 Corinthians 5:17 says, Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” I’m so glad Jesus did a do-over in me! And yes, He makes revisions from time to time. He is revising us throughout our lives. He gives us another chance.

There’s one thing that has never been revised and that is the Word of God. He wrote exactly what He wanted us to know and follow. No revisions. Perfect the first time!

Living in HIS Joy!
Eva Raye

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Day 23 of 31 days work

Day 23 – Work

Work – Job. Labor. Chore. Performance. Task.  Toil. Assignment.  Elbow Grease. Exertion. Daily Grind. Struggle. Service.

These are just a few descriptions under the category of Work.

I don’t think I’ve ever woken up and said, “Ughhh, I have to go to work today.” I have to be feeling very sick to feel like I can’t go to work. My job never feels like the daily grind. It’s never routine or boring.  Just this morning, a lady was waiting in my office before I even got to my desk.  We had the opportunity to pray for someone in desperate need of Jesus. She allowed us to pray for her but she wasn’t quite ready to make Him Lord of her life. My heart is sad that she left without giving her heart to Jesus, but we prayed for God to continue to do a work in her. My job (work) was to obey the Holy Spirit and so my husband and I did. 

Why? Because I work for Jesus! I have a great job, working at our church. I’m the secretary and I work the front desk. I love what I do! I greet people when they walk through our doors and when they call on the phone. I do my best to lighten the load for my pastors.

It’s work, but it doesn’t always feel like it! Sunday, the speaker was saying we should all love doing what we are gifted in. We should love our job. If we don’t we should probably find out what we love to do and look for a job in that field.

I thank God for the work He has provided me with and to be a part of the team at ACC!

Now there’s another kind of work… the kind that has to be done, even if we are not cut out for it. It’s the kind of work that requires elbow grease. Cleaning your house/bathroom. Cutting the grass (although I don’t mind it). Raking leaves. This type of work can become a very long list. We can all think of work we have to do that we don’t particularly care for.

Working to help others in need. Now that’s a rewarding kind of work. Helping someone move. Preparing a meal for a widow or disabled person. Shopping for a shut-in.

Hard work pays off. The blessings are great!

Living in HIS Joy!
Eva Raye

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Day 22 of 31 days light

Day 22 – Light

This has been a busy weekend. I’m surprised that I found time to write at all… it’s 9 pm this Sunday evening and I’m finally working on Day 22. I just finished yesterday’s Day 21 about 2 hours ago in-between Maddox playing ‘Granny-Get-Me’ and Audrey needing help making Slime.

Priorities… this writing thing is exactly what it is… a challenge… for 31 Days. I will prevail!

Today’s word- Light!

“Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”” John‬ ‭8:12

Today, while we were at church, a storm was passing through. One thing about storms… they come and they go. We had just finished singing the song Tremble:

Jesus, Jesus, You make the darkness tremble
Jesus, Jesus, You silence fear
Jesus, Jesus, You make the darkness tremble
Jesus, Jesus

Your name is a light that the shadows can’t deny
Your name cannot be overcome
Your name is alive forever lifted high
Your name cannot be overcome

It was pretty awesome that during worship the lights went out. We have an awesome worship team. They didn’t let a little darkness silence our worship. They just kept on going. As we finished the last song, the lights came back on and we had a great service.

I’ve never seen darkness stick around when the lights come on. It just flees.

Here’s another totally different take on the word -light.

Jesus said, “My yoke is easy, my burden is light. Matthew 11:30

Living in HIS Joy!
Eva Raye

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Day 21 of 31 days give

Day 21 – Give

Today, as I was giving thought to what I should write… I wasn’t sure which path to take. We took Audrey and Maddox shopping for a birthday gift for Bishop. As children usually do, they both picked out what they wanted us to give them. It was a great opportunity to talk to them about giving. Poppa was telling Audrey about the attitude of being thankful for what we already have. We left Toys“R”us with a birthday gift for Bishop.

I did a quick google search and found that “Give thanks” is found at least 33 times throughout the Bible. 4 times in 1 Chronicles, chapter 16 and 19 times in the Psalms.

Thanksgiving is about 33 days away. Many of us will gather with family and friends to give thanks to the Lord for His abundant blessings. But really… we should be giving thanks everyday for all He is faithfully doing in our lives.

The crazy thing is, Christmas is 65 days away and decorations are already on display. The count down begins before we’ve celebrated Thanksgiving. If we aren’t careful, we can pass up Thanksgiving altogether in a rush to celebrate Christmas. Everything is so commercialized, we can completely forget to be thankful! 

My husband just started something new. Each morning he begins his day giving thanks to the Lord for 5 specific things. I think it’s a practice we can all start doing.

So today… Let’s start giving thanks to the Lord.

Living in HIS Joy!

Eva Raye

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discover {Five Minute Friday}

Day 20 of 31 days discover
Day 20 – Discover 

I always look up the definition of the word I’m writing about and here’s the one I found for ‘discover’:

          to find (something or someone) unexpectedly or in the course of a search

Then I heard this slogan in my head:

It pays to Discover.

My first thoughts always seem to go to my grandchildren. I know it’s crazy, but our lives are so FULL and RICH since they came along.

We discovered that one more adventure = more joy, more fun, more laughs, more lessons, more discoveries.

They love to go on a safari in our house or outside, discovering new places to explore.

Discovering where one more lizard is hiding so they can catch it to add to the 8 they already captured in the giant pickle jar.

Tramping through the sugarcane field hoping to find 25 butterflies.

Hide-N-Seek is a favorite, searching for where the others might be hiding.

The payoff is great when we find something or someone unexpectedly or in the course of a search!

I discovered this verse as a new believer years ago.

“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all of your heart.”  Jeremiah 29:13

It’s definitely a payoff kind of promise. God delivers. We do the seeking and if we do it with all of our heart, it’s a sure thing that we will find Him.

So the Discover Card commercial got it right… it pays to discover.

When I checked out more of their slogans, another one is:

We treat you like you’d treat you.

That sounds like a Bible verse. Well, sorta-kinda!

“Treat others the same way you want them to treat you.”  Luke 6:31 AMP

The Golden Rule. This was something probably all of us were taught growing up. That’s a great discovery. Not just to discover, but to walk it out.

Read God’s Word, There’s a whole lot of treasures to discover.

Living in HIS Joy!
Eva Raye

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Day 19 of 31 days brave

Day 19 – Brave

I don’t consider myself a scaredy-cat. But there are a few things I can honestly tell you I dislike a lot:

I don’t like needles.

I don’t like curvy roads when someone else is driving.

I hate, hate, hate snakes.

I have learned to overcome my fears by trusting in God.

Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You.” Psalm 56:3

When I see the word brave, I’m reminded of a few people in my life.

My Mom

“Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.”  – 1 Corinthians 16:13 

She has walked through some difficult experiences. As a young mother of two girls, she lost her second child, Cindy at just 7 months. I can’t imagine losing a child so young; at any age, really. My father was in a boating accident right after all of us kids were out of the house. She was so brave when the doctor told her that she could start planning a funeral. She did exactly what the scripture above says. She watched as God did the impossible. She’d stand fast in the faith. She was brave, no matter what the reports said. And she was strong, enduring as a faithful wife. And she remained faithful for 27 years after that accident, caring for my Daddy. When she said “I do, for better or for worse, in sickness and in health” she meant it. It’s what I admire so much about her. Right now she is facing serious health issues, and still, she is standing in the faith, bravely trusting in her God.

My husband, Phillip Sonnier

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

This guy is one brave warrior. He remains to be strong and of good courage, throughout his walk with God. Whatever he faces, He links arms with Jesus and runs to the other side. In the almost 16 years that we’ve been married, he has battled many difficult and life-threatening health issues. Diabetes is a devil and it tried to kill him. He was not afraid when the doctor told him he had to start dialysis treatments. He walked through that clinic 3 days a week, for 3 long years. He was not dismayed, for the Lord was with him. He took every opportunity to share Jesus with the other patients, the techs and the nurses and doctors. He walked out of that clinic for the last time on January 10 and we drove to Houston for a kidney transplant. A miracle happened. He no longer had to do dialysis treatments. During his recovery, we walked the halls of The Methodist Hospital with one goal in mind… to make Jesus famous. And God moved in awesome ways bringing hope and healing to many.  2 years later, he bravely underwent another transplant surgery and received a pancreas. Another miracle. The Lord was with him and he is now healed… diabetes lost that battle! And the devil will keep losing because my husband is an overcomer! Today is his birthday. I’m thankful that God has given him more years to boldly share the gospel.

Sometimes we have to just say declare our bravery.

My grandson, Bishop is almost 6 and as a young boy, he has a few fears, as most 6 years old do. So, we gave him the superhero name – Bold and Brave Bishop.

I might as well tell you our other two grandchildren’s names.

Audrey is Awesome Audrey. Maddox is Mighty Maddox.

So today, If you are fearful or intimidated, I declare over you…

You are Bold and Brave! Declare it yourself!

Living in HIS Joy!
Eva Raye

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