Living the adventure

by Cherrilynn Bisbano

Joy is a word we see everywhere during the Christmas season. I have joy ornaments hung on my tree. We sing Joy to The World, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, and many other songs with the word joy. During the holiday season, the air we breathe seems to have molecules of joy. Why? Because we are celebrating the birth of our King—the Word made flesh dwelling amongst us. Joy is not just for December—it is obtainable all year—when one knows the source of unshakable joy.

Joy is defined by Jesus—joy is rooted in a relationship with Him. He alone can fulfill our every desire and need. Jesus said, I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete (John 15:11 NIV*). Jesus had just taught, I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing (John 15:5). We are the branches. The purpose of the branch is to bear fruit—joy is one of the manifestations of the fruit of the Spirit. When we abide, or remain in Christ, there is fullness of joy. The unchanging joy of Jesus flows through us. We enjoy what Jesus enjoys—a relationship with the Father.  So why do we lose our joy at times?

 

 

  By Katy

When you’ve read a good book, you want to share about it! Welcome to the next stop in Tessa Emily Hall’s blog tour. Today I have the privilege of sharing about Tessa’s new book, Unwritten Melody, and interviewing her. Plus, we are linking to a giveaway! Two winners will receive a wonderful prize package.

Tessa Emily Hall is a gifted writer and a beautiful person. When I met her at the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference, I didn’t know I was gaining a friend for life. Our first books were released about the same time, and since we’ve met, we have swapped ideas, prayed for each other, read each other’s books, and texted, texted, texted. I am excited to introduce her new book to you and for you to hear about her passion for writing. 

 

 

  By Katy

by Katy Kauffman

Even when fallen leaves are scattered by ferocious winds, an ember of warmth can reside in the soul. It’s called thankfulness.

Whatever storms come and go in our lives, we can always be grateful for what doesn’t change—the character of God, His sovereign power, and His unfailing love. His perfect wisdom, His turning-things-into-good miracles, and His abiding presence with us. 

 

 

  By Katy

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A Blog by Katy Kauffman

Author, Speaker, Bible Teacher

Katy loves to write about how God works in our lives on a daily basis. Each day with Him is an adventure. She hopes to capture some of those adventure moments here, and wants to see what God is teaching you as well.

 

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