Reading my Bible always puts me in a better mindset for writing about what I am thankful for. I downloaded this Bible app called SheReadsTruth and I absolutely love it. I am going through the “Bible in a Year” plan that is rocking my world. I’ve fallen a bit behind because of the crazy amount of traveling we’ve just done. We’ve gone from Zambia to various parts of South Africa now to Florida via Dubai (seemingly a 100 hours of flying) and we are in the midst of leasing an apartment as of today. So to say that I’m behind on my reading is actually an understatement because I am nine days behind! Yelp! Gasp! Cry! And then rejoice because I get to devour the Word of God in epic proportions.
here are the notes from “the talk” I gave at The Rock Church in Durban last weekend. The message I gave really is my life’s message aka JOY! My emphasis is on joy with the intent of overcoming depression through gratefulness. Mandy and Lisa titled my message the Killers of Joy, so I’ve listed in my notes what I deem the three BIGGEST killers of joy.
Ladies and Gents,
Seizing the opportunity to share the Word with some really beautiful women this morning was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Thank you again to Mandy Cremer and Lisa Bobbert for inviting me and for arranging the Saturday morning event. I was truly blessed by these two women that I have deemed the pretty pretties… because they are pretty, beautiful, stunning, gorgeous inside and out. If you ever get a chance to meet one or both of them please seize the moment to hear their story and see the way God has woven, and still is weaving, the beautiful tapestry of their lives.
The story of the 10 lepers… remember? If you’re unfamiliar with it or need a bit of refreshing here it is:
11 Now it happened as He went to Jerusalem that He passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee. 12 Then as He entered a certain village, there met Him ten men who were lepers, who stood afar off. 13 And they lifted up their voices and said, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!”
14 So when He saw them, He said to them, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And so it was that as they went, they were cleansed.