Where Does Joy Come From?

True joy only comes from God. The joy of the Lord is my strength.

I live in Mexico. I announced this last year HERE. We are independent missionaries who moved to Mexico to reach the extended family and the community for Christ. 

We visited a family a couple of hours drive from us recently. It's a beautiful drive through the hills. 

The lack of greenery allows us to see every groove in the hillside which creates a beautiful view for the drive. 

The small property was surrounded by a cactus fence and on the property stood 5 separate buildings of one room dwellings and a single bathroom. 

Chickens greeted us. Dogs treaded underfoot, begging for food. Small bits of trash scattered everywhere. 

We were greeted with a warm smile, sloppy handshake and a brief tour of the grounds before we were lead to the main room. 

A medium size room held the large bed, refrigerator and storage area. We sat on the bed and on plastic chairs. 

Grace & Truth Link Up Party

I've enjoyed my short time as a host for Grace & Truth, but this will be my last one - at least for a while. We are living in Mexico and between adjusting, homeschooling, home management and my part time job things are hectic...throw on top of that...we are moving into another house. EEKKKK!!!  

I'm super busy. I posted an update HERE and HERE if you care to take a peek. I appreciate each of you and will still see you around in the weekly link up party. 

Now let's get on with the PARTY! I look forward to reading your 

5 Bible Verses for the Exhausted Woman

You know that feeling of exhaustion that hangs heavy on your chest? It steals your joy and energy. Yes, that's it. 

Midst the hustle of trying to adjust to living in another country, homeschooling 2 kids, managing the home, and my part time job - I'm exhausted. 

Barely keeping my head of above water some days. Working hard. Going to bed exhausted. Waking up weary. 

Putting on the smile and cheerful attitude so others don't see, because - after all- I'm the christian and should not feel this way. 


And feeling ashamed about these feelings. Which makes it worse. 

I sat re-evaluting my time with God. 

*Have I fallen short? 

*Am I distracted? 

*Is something getting in the way of me hearing God's voice and resting in His arms? 

*Has my daily time with God become more routine instead of deep passion? 

Diving back in with a fierceness in my soul I cranked up the worship music and wept. Skin on the cold tile. Tears pooled beneath me. 

I cried out for renewal!! Praying and worshipping God. Telling Him all I need is HIM. He is enough. I begged Him to change me. 

I dragged out my truth journal from it's hiding spot and wrote out my ugly feelings that overwhelmed this momma's heart. 

I then wrote out the truth over myself, my heart, my feelings and my life. Making sure to add Scripture and to let my heart and mind settle on those verses of truth. 

So I share these verses with you in hopes that when you grow weary, tired or exhausted you have them bookmarked already. 

Turn to them quickly and let God's Word settle on your heart to give you rest and renewal. 

Inspiration and help for the tired and weary woman.

5 Bible Verses for the Exhausted Woman

 "For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee." Isaiah 41:13

There is just something that soothes my soul to know that God holds my hand. He doesn't leave me. His faithfulness doesn't waver during my weakness. 

 "For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."
 Matthew 11:30

This verse reminds me that whatever I may go through here on earth... death of a beloved, betrayal, set backs, exhaustion etc - all of it is light in comparison to Eternal Glory and the reward that I have in Heaven. 

"But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me."    

2 Corinthians 12:9

God's power is made perfect in weakness. It's not about me, what I can do or what I can not do. It's about Jesus and His story of rescuing me from sin. It's about Jesus! He is enough. 

"You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your word." Psalm 119:114

I remind myself of this over and over again. I allow my heart to settle on this. God is our refuge and our shield. My hope is in Him and He is enough! 

"And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart." Galatians 6:9

This verse helps me to keep my perspective in check. God wants to be my refuge and strength, but I need to not give up. I need to keep pressing forward. I need to keep doing the good work. 

Inspiration and help for the tired and weary woman.

The next time you find yourself feeling exhausted, remember these verse and dive into God's Word - asking God to guide your heart and thoughts. 

Remember God sings over you and He loves you with a passion. You can do this - momma - wife - daughter of God. You can do this, because God has you. 

In a Storm of Change, What is Your Anchor? {Grace & Truth Link Up}

God is always constant and He is our anchor. Christian bloggers link up party.

This weeks featured post is from Dianne over at Sweeter Than Honey.  I love her encouragement to cling to God - our anchor in times of change. He is consistent and constant when life around us whirls faster than we like. 

Now let's get on with the PARTY! I look forward to reading your 

Being Your Husband's Safe Space

Creating strong marriages take work. Tips on how to be your husband's safe place.

Conflict in relationships is inevitable.  Whenever you put two people together there are going to be times they disagree.  Marriage is no different.  Marriage without some degree of conflict at times is virtually non-existent.  So it is not a matter of if...it is a matter of when.

When conflict arises, we need to have a mature, productive way (and most of all a Biblical way) of handling it.  Carrying grudges and holding on to anger is not only unproductive and hurtful, but it can hold God’s hand back from blessing us or even hearing our prayers for forgiveness ourselves.

“And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses.” Mark 11:25 (NKJV)

Bible Study Tips & Methods { Grace & Truth Link Up Party }

Eager, yet, feeling stuck. I sat with my bible open and so thirsty to fully grasp what God wanted me to hide in my heart, yet, I lacked focus. 

I needed a way to understand each word and sentence of the scriptures instead of just lazily reading. I needed a bible study method. 

Today's featured post is from Abi at Joyinmykitchen.com. She put together an amazing list of bible study tips and methods from some amazing Christian blogger. 

I hope one of these tips will encourage you as you seek God today. 

The best bible study tips!

Now let's get on with the PARTY! I look forward to reading your 

What is Your Nineveh?

Running away from what God wants you to do.

Maybe your name isn’t Jonah, but God told you to do something and you don’t want to. You told Him someone else would do it better. Someone else is better equipped and has the necessary skills. Pretty much anyone - but you could do this, but God won’t let it go.

Imagine if Jonah had gone to Nineveh when God first called. If that had happened, Jonah would not have put his life and the lives of the sailors in jeopardy. They would have been safe and Jonah would have given the people of Nineveh more time to repent. Jonah would have seen God work and had his faith strengthened.

Yes, the situation turned out fine in the end, but it didn’t have to. God could have struck Jonah down on the spot for disobeying. He could have allowed the stormy sea to take Jonah’s life. Instead, God had compassion for Jonah and had a whale swallow him. Sometimes God does that for us.

We go our own way, and He sends something to cover us. We make a mistake and God fixes it for us. Other times, He gives us another chance to do the right thing.

There are always going to be consequences when we don’t obey, like being stuck in the belly of a whale for 3 days. (That must have smelled wonderful.) Jonah could have avoided that experience if he had just done what God asked. When we don’t do what God wants us to right away, God has to get our attention.

There have been many times in my life I have balked when God asked something big of me. I never feel ready for what it will require of me. However, when I do it right then, God rewards me. When I say yes, I find that God helps me grow into the task. Several years ago, I helped start a prayer team at my church.

Even though I grew up in church, the whole idea of praying out loud always scared me. How was I going to lead prayer meetings twice a month? God worked it out and helped me move past that fear into something much better.

Even though I surrendered to God’s will in praying out loud, I still don’t understand why God asks me to do things that I don’t feel competent at.

A few months ago, I was asked if I will be a financial coach. I laughed, as if it was a joke. It wasn’t a joke. Me? Help people with money? What I am learning is that God wants my willingness more than my natural talents. All I have to do is say yes, and God will work things out.

When Jonah was finally willing to go to Nineveh, all he had to do was give them a message from God. He didn’t have to do a dance for them, fight them, or anything that required skill. He was God’s spokesman. That’s it. As Jesus said in Luke 11:28, “Blessed are those who hear the word of God and obey it.”

Are you willing to be obedient to God’s calling? Are you ready to say yes to God and help in the way you are needed?

Our author today is...Sarah Donegan is a wife, mom, and lover of Jesus. She grew up a tea drinker but switched to coffee once kids came along. Now that her girls are in school, she is embracing the plans God has for her instead of trying to force her own that just don’t fit right. When she isn’t singing or reading, she is probably writing. You can find her at her Blog and Facebook.