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Have you ever been around people who radiate joy?

The sense of delight permeates their being, their expressions, and even their words. Joy sparkles in their eyes. Joy saturates their voice. Glimpses of joy appear in their posture, the way they carry themselves. Joy is a hard emotion to hide. I can’t help but think God designed it this way.

The expressions of joy, rejoicing, merriment, and more are found more than 400 times throughout the Bible. As children of God, we’re called and created to be joyful.

Our God is a God of joy. God rejoices in creation. From the very beginning, God scanned what he had made and declared its goodness. The Psalms remind us that God’s creation enters into the joy of its Creator. The sunrise and the sunset shout for joy. Even the meadows and valleys join in the chorus. The trees of the forest sing for joy while the rivers clap their hands.

If creation celebrates in God’s joy, how much more should you and I? Continue Reading...

Let me introduce you to my friend, Courtney. Courtney DeFeo is a popular blogger and creator of ABC Scripture Cards featured on “The View.” She is a graduate of Auburn University and has worked in marketing for Chick-fil-A. Courtney and her husband, Ron, are the parents of two children. To connect with Courtney, visit CourtneyDeFeo.com.

This fall, I've invited a few friends to share what God is teaching them. I hope their words are an encouragement to you as you continue to awaken to the joy and delight that comes with being a child of God.

5 Ways To Survive the Holidays as a Happy Family

by Courtney DeFeo

Here are 5 ways to survive the holidays with your family this year: Continue Reading...

Preorder Fight Back With JoyDear Friend,

If we’re connected on social media, you may have heard that I was diagnosed with cancer and have been on a challenging journey.

To be completely honest, I was really unsure where the path would lead. I felt like my world hadn’t only turned upside-down, but it turned inside out. Nothing really felt safe and the last thing that I wanted to be was even more vulnerable than I already felt during the brutal treatments.

So I made the decision to focus on what God was speaking to me during that time and spend as many seconds as I possibly could with my family. The trade off was that I didn’t post updates about my treatments or details about my suffering. I didn’t want anyone to feel sorry for me and even though I felt so many people #prayforzero and was so touched by the outpouring of love- I also felt a little guilty.

Would people think that I was sharing because I wanted attention? Cancer does crazy things sometimes. But, in hindsight, there was something else that prevented me from sharing, too. Continue Reading...

Ted Dekker is a New York Times best-selling author of more than twenty novels. He is best known for stories which could be broadly described as suspense thrillers with major twists and unforgettable characters, though he has also made a name for himself among fantasy fans.

This fall, I've invited a few friends to share what God is teaching them. I hope their words are an encouragement to you as you continue to awaken to the joy and delight that comes with being a child of God.

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by Ted Dekker

AD30 is a sweeping epic of struggle and romance and betrayal set in ancient Arabia and Palestine.

But more, it’s a story of the empowerment and grace that breaks the boundaries of gender to grant a freedom and liberty for a woman named, Maviah. Continue Reading...

Why I Won’t Call Your Friend With Breast Cancer

Over the last year, I’ve received dozens of emails from people asking me to reach out to their friend with breast cancer. Those requests are well meaning and often stem out of a desperate cry of wanting to help but not knowing what to do or what to say.

I am so sorry for your friend. Really, I am.

But I won’t call your friend with breast cancer… Continue Reading...