Archive for August, 2017

Day 81 of 100 Days of The Joy of the Lord

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

Lost And Found

“What you lost –was just a Place Holder for what God is releasing!” Niki Walker Brown

Hallelujah! How many of you have “lost” something significant during your lifetime? I would venture to guess that everyone reading this post has lost at least one significant item during their lifetime. I know I have. And if I would think about the situation, I would likely find the “silver lining.”

My immediate thought of what I initially considered a loss is what brought me from East Norriton, PA to New Jersey in May, 1993. When I came to New Jersey, I was homeless with a P.O. Box as my address. My material items were in storage. It was one of the lowest points in my lifetime. Unknown to me at the time, that instance was also the bridge that eventually led me to my home church, Bethany Baptist Church, pastored by Bishop David G. Evans.

When I look back over my life to consider the high point or the most significant point in my life, I think of May 15, 1994. That was the 3rd Sunday in May. I attended the 8:00 service at Bethany Baptist Church in Somerdale, New Jersey. The Sanctuary Choir was singing. I joined the church on May 15, 1994. For the first time in years, I was home. Through Jesus Christ, Bishop Evans spoke directly to my soul.

Moving me out of a familiar location and planting me in unfamiliar surroundings was my place holder. It was my reminder that all things work together for those who love the Lord (Romans 8:28). What is your place holder?

Written by Lorraine Castle ©2017 www.castlevirtualsolutions.com

Lorraine Castle is a virtual assistant who works with authors, coaches, trainers, and speakers to get speaking engagements, write their books, publish their books, and market their books. Contact Lorraine for a free consultation to find out what she can do to help you develop your gift.

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Day 80 of 100 Days of The Joy of the Lord

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

 

“Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illu

minates it.”
― Martin Luther King Jr.

 

I rarely talk about politics in public – mainly because everyone has an opinion. There’s an old adage that if you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything. I have no intention of falling. So, today

 

I am standing for LOVE. As a Christian, I am naturally drawn to light. A quote from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. says in part, “Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it.”

The Bible has given us the recipe and we have all of the ingredients!

“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray… (I) will heal their land.” II Chronicles 7:14

When

we’re going through a crisis, we are more likely to pray. As my pastor reminds us, many of us are crisis converts. I know I am. I grew up knowing the Lord, but it took a life crisis for me to get serious and accept Him into my life.

On August 15, 2017, many of us witnessed darkness attempting to invade the light. One of the definitions of darkness is the absence of light.  Darkness is temporary. Another adage reminds us that although it may be dark, we have a Promise that Joy comes in the morning. Even though I’m often surprised when confronted with evil and darkness, it’s never long before I’m reminded that God is in control. He certainly knows how to deal with darkness.

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light.” Genesis 1:1-3 (NIV)

God’s been dealing with darkness since before the beginning of time. The darkness that threatens to overcome us may be overwhelming to us, but not to God. God controls the light AND the dark. And therein lies my Joy.

Written by Lorraine Castle ©2017 www.castlevirtualsolutions.com

Lorraine Castle is a virtual assistant who works with authors, coaches, trainers, and speakers to get speaking engagements, write their books, publish their books, and market their books. Contact Lorraine for a free consultation to find out what she can do to help you develop your gift.

Lorraine is also featured in “Seek Your Peak to Find Your Spark” on sale on Amazon at this link. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HONV230

You can purchase Lorraine’s book, “The Altar Will Alter You” by clicking here: http://www.castlevirtualsolutions.com/purchase-the-altar-will-alter-you/

Finish What You Started

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

Ecclesiastes 3:1 – “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.”

My last entry in this series (Day 78 of 100 Days of Joy) was on April 3, 2015. Why did I stop? I have no clue what was going on in my life at that time. I’ve struggled with journaling for as long as I can remember. As a writer, that has always puzzled me. When I began my 100 Days of Joy, I delayed the process because I wasn’t sure if I could sustain it for 100 days – not because I wouldn’t have 100 Days of Joy – but because I don’t do well with journaling.

Well, here I am 865 days later picking up right where I left off. Did I have joy during those 865 days? Of course I did! I just didn’t document it! What am I happy about today? I’m happy and I’m thanking God for new beginnings. Every day is an opportunity for new beginnings. While we cannot unscramble scrambled eggs (Thank you, Bishop Evans), we can repurpose those scrambled eggs! So if you have regrets from yesterday, remember that all is not lost. You can use your yesterday regrets as a foundation for today’s success. All is not lost because every new day is an opportunity to begin again. And therein lies my Joy!