Joy List Monday - Language
"Coffee is a language in itself"
~ Jackie Chan
"This is the fruit of my confessions of what I am, not of what I have been, to confess this, not before Thee only, in a secret exultation with trembling, and a secret sorrow with hope; but in the ears also of the believing sons of men, sharers of my joy, and partners in my mortality, my fellow-citizens, and fellow-pilgrims, who are gone before, or are to follow on, companions of my way."
~ Augustine of Hippo
Love God first and foremost.
Then love each other unselfishly.
"We need the Spirit of God whose fruit is joy in God. We need to have the law written on our heart, not just written on stone, so that when it says, 'Love the Lord with all your heart,' the Word itself produces the reality within us. In other words, we need the gift of joy in God. Left to ourselves we will not produce it. That's what Christ brought for us when He died and shed the blood of the new covenant. He bought for us the gift of joy in God." ~ John Piper
When I Don't Desire God - How To Fight for Joy
-- Love your neighbor as yourself --
|A gift to me from Susan|
My new friend Susan Nowell at My Place To Yours sent me her husband David's new book
David is President of Hope Unlimited for Children
an organization that ministers
"to the physical, intellectual, and spiritual needs
of some of the world's most desperate kids - the street children of Brazil."
Dirty Faith is next up on my reading list.
I know it's going to inspire me to
put my faith into action.
Susan's latest blog post is about
W O R D S
She writes about the importance of words
About speaking love this Valentine's Day
"This year, when you sit down to write Valentine cards for family and friends, write an extra one—or more!—for a girl at Hope. Cards can be store-bought, handmade, made by your children… doesn’t matter. Feel free to write a note of encouragement if you wish. Don’t worry; it will be translated for you."
I'm going to be participating in this wonderful project.
I hope you'll consider participating too!
Here's the link to Susan's blog and more information about Valentine Project.
Are you looking closer at the beauty around you today?
What have you discovered?