Joanie's JewelsInsights from Joanie
God wants us to know, love and trust Him. He gives us jewels of strength and hope even in our darkest times. He is always with us in the good and the bad times.
‘I will go before you and make the crooked places straight; I will break in pieces the gates of bronze and cut the bars of iron. I will give you the treasures of darkness and hidden riches of secret places, that you may know that I, the Lord, who call you by your name, am the God of Israel.” (Isaiah 45:2-3)
God has given us the incredible privilege to KNOW, to LOVE and to TRUST Him! So that we will know Him, He reveals Himself every day, not only in the beauty of the sunrise and the sunset, but also in the little things of life.
He also reveals Himself through His Word – the Bible – consisting of the old and the New Testament. And He reveals Himself through the miracle that is Israel and the Jewish people
He promises that if we will diligently seek Him, He will be found!
I have learned that He is faithful. When I haven’t been able to hear His voice and am uncertain, unsure of what step to take next, I trust in His character and promises.
May you see God’s glory through these little jewels that come from my life’s experiences, sometimes in the sunlight and sometimes in the dark.
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Joanie’s Jewels – Blog
November 30, 2013 Raleigh, NC A new day, a new life style, using technology for my daily journal. Abba I miss the joy of writing my hand, color coding, drawings. But this will preserve the wonderful body you have made for me. O God use me as long as you have...read more
November 30, 2013 HOME It gets harder and harder to come into your presence. Pain? So easy to be distracted by "life" issues - email, Facebook, cooking soup. But You are there, You never leave or get distracted away from me. It's so easy to rest in knowing You...read more
Thank You Lord for the lessening pain this morning. I was able to walk, sweep, bend my knees and make breakfast almost pain free. Thank you for the reminder of Your provision and grace. Only you can touch my body and bring order out of this chaos. I want to be...read more
There were two trees in the garden. No not the Garden of Eden, but in my friend's backyard. One still had many leaves on it, but the other had lost most, leaving its branches bare. The one tree seemed quite naked, exposed, and vulnerable. It seemed the perfect picture...read more
To the non-believer, rejoicing and hoping during times of adversity and affliction seems to be an exercise in futility or unreality. The non-believer challenges, "How can a loving God allow such pain? " Many believers might ask the same question, albeit not publicly....read more
The unhindered view from the 6tth floor apartment is spectacular especially at sunset; but it does have a challenge -there is no protection from sun or from wind. Over the past few years I’ve had to experiment to discover what plants will grow well in such...read more
The grief was unbearable and tears were my only relief. I grieved for: God The church The lost My grief started with Psalm 75: We give thanks to You, O God, we give thanks! For Your wondrous works declare that Your name is near. (verse 1) It would be presumptuous of...read more
SQUEEZE MY HAND Boffin was probably the most important thing in my life. He was my companion, as well as my comforter. True he had four legs instead of two, but he understood me. We could communicate without words. He taught me commitment superceeded convenience. ...read more