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I am thankful to God for so many different reasons, but primarily He sent His Son to redeem me.  I am thankful for His deliverance from all the “messed up stuff” from my past as well as what pops up today.  He truly has given me new life…so much more than I could ever ask or think.

I am exceedingly grateful for my dear friends, brothers and sisters in Christ, who have become my family.  You are people who love me and accept me as I am and encourage me to continue to grow into what God has for me to be!

But it all comes back to my precious Jesus, without whom life is not worth living.  There are no other answers except what is found in Him and His word.  I know what life is like without Him and I don’t ever want to consider going back as an option.

Keep teaching me LORD, and keep me teachable so that I can continue to grow and become more like You.

“Jesus paid it all,
All to Him I owe;
Sin had left a crimson stain,
He washed it white as snow.” *

Thank You, LORD, for making my future bright and sealing the pain in my past.  By Your great and marvelous grace and mercy it no longer has power over me.

Love to You forever,

Joy Henderson

*Jesus Paid It All (1865)
Words by Elvina M. Hall
Music by John T. Grape

Release From Bondage

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I am currently going through Beth Moore’s study, “The Law of Love” (Deuteronomy).  So powerful…and no homework…just power packed videos (I need no homework right now!)

Here are some powerful thoughts I would like to share in the hope they might bless you:

1)  When God wants to take us OUT of something, it’s so He can take us IN to something.
2)  Why did the Israelites read the Law every 7 years at the Feast of Tabernacles?  (The tabernacles were the little hut/dwelling places they built and moved into during the Feast.)   The 7th year was the “year of release.”  It was a time to be rid of shame and regret and go back into the promised land.  (Note:  This was written for ALL, every generation and even for the foreigner.  The only ones who could not partake were the “dead.”)

Don’t we all want to be released from whatever it is that has us in bondage so we can go in and take hold of the promised land He has waiting for us?

Don’t we all have those situations and relationships where He has said “go” and we have stayed too long?  Or are stuck in regret having not obeyed to “go” and it has us frozen…locked in that place?

When things are “hard,” or I am down because I see people rejecting Jesus, I often ask God “what am I doing here?”  I was in bondage to many things in America.  Being in Romania at this season is my Promised Land.  It is where I can flourish in Him and be fruitful.  I have grown tremendously, says my hubby with a smile.  God uses him to speak many things to me, where I might otherwise be “too busy” to hear them

Thank You, Jesus, My Redeemer and the Holy Spirit who convicts, moves and speaks to us today.  THANK YOU that I don’t have to wait 7 years to be released from whatever bondage I an in, but I can enter your presence in prayer right now…and You promise to meet me!

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.”  Matthew 7:7 

by Coleen Jejeran
CCEA Missionary to Romania

Awesome Gift

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 “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 4:6-7

Father, today I am overwhelmed that You, the God of all creation, want to have a conversation with me…flawed me.  From the creation of Adam You have initiated a relationship with man.  Your Word encourages us to pour out our hearts to You…in worship, praise, thanksgiving and to make our requests known to You, the One who can (and will) meet our needs.  You hear our cries and You do not sleep.  We have access to You 24/7!

Yesterday a loved one sent me an urgent text.  I couldn’t pick up the message for over an hour.  As a result I was late in meeting the need.  You, LORD, know my thoughts before I even think them.  Sometimes, as with Daniel, you send the answer before I even get the thought from my brain heavenward.  At other times You have a reason in giving me an answer later than I want to hear it.  But, when I follow Your instruction, Your peace fills and guards my heart.  Thank You for the gift You give us in prayerful communication with You and for Your promise of peace.

“Our God is an awesome God
He reigns from heaven above
With wisdom power and love
Our God is an awesome God.”*

*lyrics by Michael W. Smith

Bountiful Harvest

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“First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, because your faith is being proclaimed throughout the whole world.” Romans 1:8

Thank you, God, for every missionary laying down their life for the sake of the Gospel in far off places.  You are using them to reap a great harvest of believers for Your glory!

Praise You, LORD, for Your Holy Spirit who gives great courage, boldness and testimony to the Truth that sets us free!  I am so thankful for new brothers and sisters being born again all over the world!

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