Day 26 of 31 days change

Day 26 – Change

My word today is: Change

My husband says this often, “True prosperity is not the change in your pocket, but the change in your heart.”

What is a change of heart? I looked it up and it says, a move to a different attitude or opinion.

The most valuable thing I have is a changed heart. I got saved in 1979 and the change was very noticeable to others. I recognized that I didn’t have a desire to do the things I used to do. God changed my desires.

There’s a song that comes to mind that I can remember singing for years. It never gets old.

Change my heart, O God!

Make it ever true.

Change my heart, O God!

May I be like you.

You are the potter,

I am the clay.

Mold me and make me,

This is what I pray.

I came across the the story behind the song as the writer, Eddie Espinosa told it:

“The year was 1982. I had been a Christian since 1969, but I saw a lot of things in my life that needed to be discarded. I had slowly become very complacent. I acknowledged my complacency, and I prayed to the Lord, ‘The only way that I can follow you is for you to change my appetite, the things that draw me away. You must change my heart!’”

Eddie continued, “Shortly thereafter I was in my car on the way to my work, feeling a desire to draw near to God and with the wrestling still going on in my heart. Suddenly, a melody and some words began to flood through my mind. As I stopped at a stop sign I reached for something to write on. The first thing I found was a small piece of yellow paper, which, by the way, I still have, and began to write as rapidly as I could. It was like taking dictation. I wrote the words on the paper, and kept the melody in my mind.”

“Our church home was the Vineyard Christian Fellowship in Anaheim, California, and someone told the pastor that I had written a song that would be good for the congregation to sing. The pastor asked me to play it for him and afterward asked if I would share it with the congregation. From that point on, I began to get reports that my song was being taught in San Diego, Los Angeles and in many other places.”

Eddie has had many great experiences with “Change My Heart, O God,” one of which was to lead thousands of men as they sang it at a Promise Keepers meeting in Texas Stadium in Dallas.

The essence of Eddie’s song is a prayer asking God to change us, making our hearts “true,” and changing us into his own image.

Is this the cry of your heart? Change my heart O God.

Then sing it today and make it your prayer.

Living in HIS Joy!
Eva Raye

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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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