Welcome to Grace to Joy

"Blessed be the God and Father

                    of our Lord Jesus Christ

                                who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenlies

                                                   in Christ"     (Eph. 1:3)


The joy of being in Christ is explained in Ephesians one. All the blessings of heaven are ours in Him, and they come in the form of His Spirit that first, births in every believer a spiritual life, and secondly, moves in to provide all the spiritual things we will need to live for Him. Things like love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, gentleness, kindness, faithfulness, and self-control, are just the beginning of the long list.  Every one of them are available to those who are in Christ. What a blessing! 


Truth is, God has given us everything we need to live this life in godliness and holiness in Christ, through the Spirit.  He sent help for us to walk by that Spirit and not our own will the moment we accepted the good news that Jesus paid the price for the sins in our life. He's only a prayer away. 


Father, our God and Creator, help us to be the woman that You designed us to be.  Please guard our tongues, keeping our minds clear of any distraction that keeps us from wholeheartedly seeking Your will in our life. Your word reminds us that it's all to our own benefit to walk with You rather than this world, so I pray that we aren't swayed by the rhetoric, or the pretties, that this world baits us with.  I pray for the one reading this, that they would know You and the presence of Christ in their life. And if they don't know what Jesus did for them, help them to find out, for there is no greater sacrifice than that of His life in our place. What grace You give, more and more in our day to day. Thank You, Father God. I praise You in Jesus' name, because there is no greater name, and no other way to eternity with You than through Him. Amen. 


If you don't know Jesus and what He did for you, start asking the questions. Send me a note. 


If I can pray for you, hit the "How Can I Pray For You" tab. I would count it a privilege to bring up your name before our God. He loves you already, enough that He sent His Son to come get you. Look to Him. 


Search Him with your whole heart and find Him. (Deuteronomy 4:29; Jeremiah 29:13; Lamentations 3:25; Psalm 119:2; Isaiah 55:6; Matthew 7:8; Acts 17:27; Hebrews11:6 - These are a start.) 


God bless you in the process and in the days ahead. There's no one like Jesus. And nothing can compare to God's grace, for in it is fullness of joy!  


Philippians Bible Study

This 290 pg. workbook provides an in-depth Bible study of the book of Philippians.  Consisting of personal study time, five days a week for ten weeks, the workbook makes it possible to work at your own pace, or grab a girlfriend or two to work through it together.  Perhaps your church's ladies ministry would even choose to use this study, and meet weekly for discussion time. 

In the letter to the Philippian believers we find the Apostle Paul saying, "Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say rejoice!"  This study will show how it's possible to have joy even when we don't understand the what, when, why, or how of a situation (and isn't life always full of situations?)  See how the Apostle Paul unlocks the secret of living in contentment and joy.  It's our prayer that it won't be long before you, too, are Finding His Joy.  


Workbook study is available through Amazon. $17.99     

Kindle Edition  Amazon Kindle $10.99

Or, add the Kindle addition for only $2.99 when you purchase the  workbook from Amazon.

Devotionals

Devotional comes from the word DEVOTE. It means Dedicate. Committed.  Set apart to God.  Hold fast to.  Endure in.  Stand perpetually ready.  Persevere in.  To associate closely with.  To attach oneself to.  Be Loyal to.   

And, on and on, each definition, in its various form, calls us to an action.  In this case, we are called to the act of dedicating ourselves to apply what we've read in God's word. To associate closely with it. One of the greatest blessings we've been given is God's word, but like  many things that are "good for us" we find ourselves not making the time to read it.  I hope these short devotionals will keep you inspired to be in the Word, and to live wholeheartedly for God.