Straight Talk, by Joyce Meyer

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Looking Forward

In Philippians 3:13, the Apostle Paul says that one thing he really made an effort to do was to forget "what lies behind" (The Amplified Bible)—letting go of what already had passed. I believe Paul tried fixing earlier mistakes and discovered how complicated and impossible that was. There is only one thing we can do with the past—give it to God!

When we let God take our messes and turn them into miracles, the Father has the ability to use our mistakes for our good if we will only trust Him.

Isaiah 61:3 says He will give us "beauty instead of ashes," but I find that many people want to hold on to their ashes, the cinders of the past, as reminders of their shortcomings and failures. As we begin a new year, I want to encourage you to make a quality decision to give up your ashes. Every day is a new day containing tremendous possibilities—new life, new hopes and new dreams. read more

The Simple Life

Everyone has to deal with inconveniences, but when we do so, we must avoid a bad attitude.


Too many things compete for our limited resources of attention, energy and time. Do you experience days when nothing seems to get done except what you've added to your already-lengthy to-do list? Are you tired most of the time? Do you find yourself wishing for a simpler day?

I know all about feeling overwhelmed. I wasted many years hoping things would calm down. I used to complain to God about my schedule being absolutely insane. I'd cry, "God, how could anyone be expected to do all that I have to do?" read more

Overcoming Trials

Going through difficulty with absolute trust in God has inspired generations of people. read more
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