NEW WEBSITE: JOYPEDROW.COM

A NEW BLOG! YAY!

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The new blog is up and running! Yippeeeeee!! Make sure to subscribe to the new blog because I will no longer be posting on this one! I’m so excited for you to join me in this new adventure.

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Why I Dislike the Term: “Good” Christian Girl

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Hey Friends!

This Wednesday my new blog JOYPEDROW.COM will be officially launching! Since you have been loyal followers, I wanted to let you see the blog before everyone else! Here is a link to one of my newest posts on my new website:

Why I dislike the term “Good” Christian Girls

Make sure you subscribe to the new blog and check social media to find out about the giveaways during launch week! I can’t wait for you to see everything we have been working on!

Love you friends!

xoxo Joy

Exciting News + Every Bitter Thing is Sweet Book Review

Hey Friends!

I wanted to share some behind the scenes news that has been happening!!! Designer Ashlee Proffitt has been building me a new website! The launch will be coming up next week. Your e-mail subscriptions and WordPress subscriptions will not transfer, so make sure you subscribe to my new blog when in launches.

You can also sign up for the monthly newsletter! Sign up here!

I’m so excited for the launch week! There will be giveaways, new posts, and more.

Most importantly, thank you for all of your support. I would not have been able to do this without my loyal readers.

xoxo

Joy


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Now for the book review! I love being able to read books, and share with you all how this book could help your walk with God. I get to do the work for you, and you simply decide if the book fits with your needs.

Every Bitter Thing is Sweet by Sara Hagerty moved me to tears. Sara wrote stories about struggling to know and understand God’s love in a real and vulnerable way. Each page was so beautifully written. As I read her words, I pictured myself there in Sara’s shoes. Her descriptions were perfect.

In this book, we get to go on Sara’s journey to really finding God during the bitter times of her life.

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8 Symptoms of Habitual Sins

Habitual Sins Devotional

Have you ever felt so controlled by a behavior that you felt enslaved to it? You may be experiencing the results of habitual sins.

Habitual sins are destructive. These are sins that feel addictive, controlling, and always present. Most of the time the sin remains in the dark and consequently the person experiences tremendous shame and guilt. Sometimes the sin even begins to define a person and becomes the main issue in their life.
Habitual sins destroy you emotionally and spiritually. Here are a few examples: over eating, lust, alcohol and drug abuse, fits of rage, dependency on a person, constant gossiping, pre-marital sex, watching porn, and masturbation. Regardless of the form of sin, there are many common characteristics one experiences when struggling with it.

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Even Jesus Spent Time with God + Book Review

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Spending time with God is the answer to most of our problems, especially our trust issues. I realized, that the days I struggle trusting God most are the days I don’t spend time with him. Do you trust in God’s plan for your life? Do you spend time with God on a regular basis through reading the Bible or praying?

You will begin to trust God more and know God more, the more you spend time with him.

Often, we wonder why our plans for our lives are different from God’s plans for our lives. We question, “Why hasn’t God given me ___?” Then, we begin to think that God doesn’t love us because he has not given us what we want. This happens because we think our values are the same as God’s values. We think we share the same channel of thoughts as God. But If we don’t spend time with God, we don’t know his channel. This lack of time together creates miscommunication between God and us. And a lack of trust.

To know God and understand why he does things, we have to spend time with him. Even Jesus had to spend time with God, and he is God! It is that much more important that we spend time with God!
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Only Jesus can heal your heart.

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Jesus came to heal the sick and the broken. He came to save the sinner. In one of my classes, this thought came to mind as I heard sad story after sad story from my classmates. (Jesus, will my classmates ever know you?) This does not mean that he supports their actions, but his love for them will never change. Why is this? Because Jesus came to save the broken.

Jesus came to save my classmates, but they lack the realization that they need him. Maybe they think their lives are fine with out him. Maybe they think they’re spiritually healthy.

While on earth, Jesus spent most of his time with the lost and broken. In Matthew 9:12-13 (NIV) Jesus states, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. But go and learn what this means: I desire mercy, not sacrifice. For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

Healthy people don’t understand that they are sick, sinful, and in need of a savior. But the sick, they line up outside of the doctor’s office hoping for something to heal the pain. Do you realize that you are sick and in need of a savior? Maybe you are immune to the hurting in your heart. Maybe like my classmates, you think these feelings are a normal part of life. Or maybe you actually think you are healthy. Continue reading

Do you believe God delights in you?

Even when we sin, God delights in us. He cheers us on and is our number one fan. Always.

I love Jefferson Bethke, and this recent video of his was so spot on. In the clip, he states, “There is a level of bond in love that a parent has for their kid that you don’t have for anyone else… There is something special about the parent-kid love.” That is the kind of love God has for us.

God loves us even when we are struggling through seasons of sin. He loves us when we fall. At my church today, my pastor Aaron Proffitt said, “Even in our most sinful moments, God wants to be close to us and encourage us.”

Is this hard for you to understand? It is for me. Continue reading