5 Ways to Make Jesus the Center of Your Story – Engage24

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On day. One mission. To tell others about Jesus. I am engaging on 10.14.14, will you? `

The Bible tells us that God wants us to engage with Him and then to engage the world with the gospel of Jesus. There is a movement happening across the world, and I am so excited to be a part of it! Engage24 is a specific time set apart for engaging the world with the good news of Christ.  While Engage24 is intensely focused on a single day of evangelism (10.14.14), the mission is to promote a 24/7 lifestyle of evangelism and engagement with the gospel.

Engage24 is a 24 hour period when college students purposefully engage their campuses with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The goal is to see every believing college student share the Gospel with at least one person that day.

On my campus, the University of South Florida, my campus ministry Cru is taking part in Engage24. We are wearing shirts that say ‘Tell Me Your Story”. The girls below are some of the girls in our ministry who rocked the shirts!

Tell Me Your Story CollageOur hope is that students at USF will see hundreds of students wearing the shirt and then will ask one of us what it is about. Here is our reply, “Today is Engage24, and we want to engage with the students by listening to their story. We would love to listen to your story and hear if God plays any part in it.” Continue reading

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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

Single Women Interview + Giveaway

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Hey friends! Today I am being interviewed on Brenda H. Rodgers’ blog! I am so excited to be a part of the 31 Days of Interviews with Single Women Making a Difference! Check out the post here!

Also, don’t forget about the giveaway! Click to win a FREE autographed copy of Truth, Lies, and the Single Woman by Allison Flexer. —————>>>>> a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Allison Flexer Blog Tour + Giveaway

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Hello friends!

I’m excited today to be a part of the #SingleTruth blog tour  and free book giveaway with Allison Flexer. Allison will be guest posting on my blog and listing 3 truths for single women in college. At the end of the post, I’ll be raffling off a free signed copy of her new book, Truth, Lies, and the Single Woman (Beacon Hill Press). Make sure you enter the giveaway and tell your friends!

Out of all the books for single ladies out there, I have to say that this one is my favorite. Allison is honest, relate-able, and spot on with truth. During the week, I will be tweeting some of my favorite quotes from the book and tweeting the giveaway. I hope you take away some encouragement!

xoxo Joy

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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

God’s Love Letter to You

God's love letter to us daily devotional.

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You know those nights where you feel so unloved and alone? When you wish you could have someone to hold you and tell you they love you? The love we experience on earth will never compare to God’s love for us. Our hearts have been made to cry out for a love that can only come from our creator. A guy may seem like the best fix, but only God is a lasting answer. This truth is written all over the Bible. Did you know that the Bible is God’s love letter to us? Isaiah 43 is a great example of God writing us a letter. When I read scripture, I like to read it and then write it out in my own words. This helps me better understand what I have read. For this particular chapter, I read the passage as if God hand wrote me a love letter in beautiful calligraphy. I wrote it in my journal in the exact same way. You can do the same thing. Continue reading