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A Moment To Praise For Kids 6.15.21

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A Moment To Praise For Kids 6.15.21

Joyce Lochinger

Miss Joyce 

It’s officially summer!

School is out! I’m sure you are all super excited about that! I know I always was ready for summer break!

I loved staying up late and playing outside all day and sometimes, most of the night! We would play tag in the dark or sit on the porch and talk with neighbors. We would watch summer storms with their thunder and lightning and try to count between the clashes to see how far away the storm was!

But of all of the games, nothing was more fun than flashlight tag!

Here’s how to play if you have never played this game!

3 Ways to Play Flashlight Tag – wikiHow

Playing tag has always been about outrunning whoever is ‘it.’ But now, you can add a fun twist, making the game more about stealth and tact, by using flashlights to transform the game. Depending on how many people want to play flashlight…

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It’s regular tag, but in the dark and the “it” person must shine a light onto you when they tag you and say your name. That’s how you know you’re out! Anyway – I always loved being outside in the dark hiding and wondering whether I would be found? Would I see that beam of light shoot through the dark aimed at me or at a friend?

I know that is how I feel sometimes when I’m hiding something from God too! Is He going to break through with His brilliant light and find me in my hiding place? Will He find out what I’m trying to keep from Him?

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I know the answer! It is of course, yes! His light will break through and find me. But then the best part is He will heal me from my sin and He will go before me to make sure that healing will happen! See, it says so in scripture!

Isaiah 58:8 ESV – Then shall your light break forth like – Bible Gateway

Then shall your light break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up speedily; your righteousness shall go before you; the glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard.

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So, enjoy your summer. Play a little flashlight tag with friends! And always looks for ways to let God lead you on good, Godly paths!

A Moment To Praise For Kids 6.15.21 in Song

Breaking Through – Bethel Music Kids | Come Alive

Watch “Breaking Through” from the Bethel Music Kids album + film, “Come Alive.” Get the album + learn more: http://www.bethelmusic.com/store/product/bethel-mu...

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Watch the video and try to make this awesome craft!

FUNNY DRAWINGS FOR KIDS Fun and Simple Sea Animals Drawing Tutorial! Light beam books

FUNNY DRAWINGS FOR KIDS Fun and Simple Sea Animals Drawing Tutorial! Light beam books #DIY #papercraft #funny

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Have a fun week!

Miss Joyce

A Moment To Praise 6.14.21

By | A Moment To Praise

A Moment To Praise 6.14.21

Joyce Lochinger

Joyce Lochinger, Gravel Hill Worship Leader

In the Business of Miracles

It is not unusual to hear people questioning God in our day and age. Does God still care? Is He still moving in our world? Is He doing the great things in this time and place in the same way He did in Biblical times? I’m sure that this is an age-old question that many people over the centuries have asked as they have looked on to a world that seems to be in disarray.

As Christians, we know that God is still working and moving in this world! Even more personally, we can feel His movement in each and every one of our lives! I have seen it in my own life, and I have seen and heard it from other believers who have been astounded by God’s work in their lives.

Experiencing Miracles

In my own life, I have recently experienced some circumstances that have felt bleak, as if there was no way they could improve. Then suddenly, the problems cleared up right before my eyes. God was able to work in each person’s life who was involved, and He showed an end result which worked for the betterment of all.  I can’t say that it was purely a coincidence because I know it wasn’t, it was the movement of the Holy Spirit at work making all things come together.

I have seen God work corporately in our congregation at Gravel Hill. It is an honor and a privilege to be able to stand up front and lead worship weekly. I see firsthand the power of the Holy Spirit as it washes over people in the pews. Sometimes, I can see visible tears in our worshipers’ eyes.  Others have their hands raised, clapping, dancing and worshiping with abandon. Others who are moved to complete stillness, heads lowered in the presence of God. It is truly a beautiful experience each and every week!

Expecting Miracles

The big key to seeing God and His miracles every day is to be so in tune with the Holy Spirit that you are waiting for Him to move in a great way, or even in a small way. You should be expecting the movement of God to appear in your life.

I hope that you will take some time going forward to relax and reflect on the miraculous things which God has done in your life. I also pray that you will start taking some time to expect the movement of God in your life. When you experience it, I pray also that you will share it with others so they know that God is still in the business of miracles!

A Moment To Praise 6.14.21 in Scripture

Share this scripture with someone today who needs to hear it!

Psalm 77:14 NIV – Bible Gateway

You are the God who performs miracles;
    you display your power among the peoples.

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A Moment To Praise 6.14.21 in Song

Enjoy this worship song, which is calling on God’s movement in our everyday lives!

This is a Move – Brandon Lake and Tasha Cobbs Leonard | Moment

“This is a Move” sung by Brandon Lake and Tasha Cobbs Leonard live at WorshipU on Campus. Listen to Brandon Lake’s single “This Is A Move” on all music platforms.

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God Bless!

Joyce

A Moment To Praise For Kids 6.8.21

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A Moment To Praise For Kids 6.8.21

Psalm 150

A Moment To Praise For Kids 6.8.21 in Scripture

Joyce Lochinger

Miss Joyce 

Psalm 150:1-6 ESV | BibleGateway.com

Praise the Lord

Hallelujah!

Praise God in His sanctuary.

Praise Him in His mighty heavens.

Praise Him for His powerful acts;

praise Him for His abundant greatness.

Praise Him with trumpet blast;

praise Him with harp and lyre.

Praise Him with tambourine and dance;

praise Him with flute and strings.

Praise Him with resounding cymbals;

praise Him with clashing cymbals.

Let everything that breathes praise the Lord.

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Hallelujah!

I always thought that the word “Hallelujah” was a funny word to say and spell! So, I did a little research (@ learn religions.com)  into the word and here’s what I found.

Where does it say hallelujah in the Bible?

Hallelujah is found 24 times in the Old Testament, but only in the book of Psalms. It appears in 15 different Psalms, between 104-150, and in almost every case at the opening and/or closing of the Psalm. These passages are called the “Hallelujah Psalms.”

I thought that was so interesting.

Then I did a little more research and found this:

What is hallelujah in the Bible? Interpretation. In the Hebrew Bible hallelujah is actually a two-word phrase, not one word. … However, “hallelujah” means more than simply “praise Jah” or “praise Yah”, as the word hallel in Hebrew means a joyous praise in song, to boast in God. The second part, Yah, is a shortened form of YHWH, the name for the Creator.

So bottom line is that when we say Hallelujah we are actually expressing a joyous praise or song to boast and tell others all about God. Since this word only appears in the Psalms, that means David used it a lot. I really think David is so much like us. He makes so many mistakes and has so many trials (most of his own doing). Yet, he still finds time to not only worship God but sing hallelujah to Him. Praise Him on a whole different level of gratitude.

A Moment To Praise For Kids 6.8.21 in Song

I hope that you can sing hallelujah and worship God today and in all days no matter what the circumstances are. Practice by daily lifting up a great big song of praise and join with the Psalms of old in worship!

I Give You My Hallelujah (Lyric Video) – Hillsong Kids

Official Lyric Video I Give You My Hallelujah from our new album Can You Believe It!?http://hllsng.co/canyoubelieveit*******Follow Us*******hillsongkids.comh…

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Maybe you could show this fun game called Hallelujah Tag to your Sunday school teacher and play it some summer Sunday morning in church!

Game – Psalm 150: ‘Hallelujah Tag’ – creativekidswork.com

A fun introduction game for your Sunday school lesson about Psalm 150 “Hallelujah – I cannot stop singing to the Lord” This idea is part of a complete Sunday school lesson on Psalm 150. It will help the children in your Sunday school lesson, youth ministry, Bible lesson, children’s church or children’s ministry to reflect on this powerful Bible passage.

www.creativekidswork.com

Have a fun week!

Miss Joyce

A Moment To Praise 6.7.21

By | A Moment To Praise

A Moment To Praise 6.7.21

Joyce Lochinger

Joyce Lochinger, Gravel Hill Worship Leader

What’s your morning routine?

Get up and exercise? Walk, cycle, jog? Eat breakfast? Granola, cereal, egg whites, whole wheat toast?

Heart healthy stuff is on the menu at my house, or at least we are trying!

We want to take care of our physical health as much as possible. How’s it look at your house? I’m guessing many are the same.

Hmmmm, but are we missing something else for our hearts?

How about devotions, prayers, reading scripture? Sometimes, we don’t take our spiritual walk into account when we think of our overall health.

There is physical health, and yes,  God expects us to take care of the temple He has given us! He wants us to stay healthy so that we can do His good work on this earth. So that we can be around for our families and friends. Take care of our hearts. So that is so important.

A Moment To Praise 6.7.21 in Scripture

However, there is also spiritual health and I know that holds equal importance with God. How many of us forget this last part of a healthy heart lifestyle? God expects us to take care of our spiritual life. Here’s the evidence from scripture.

Colossians 3:12-14 ESV – BibleGateway.com

12 Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.

God wants us to go into this world with healthy and loving hearts. Hearts that are full of forgiveness and compassion for our neighbors and foes alike. The only way that we can truly have that happen in our lives is to keep our spiritual hearts healthy by being in God’s Word and studying the life and attitude of Jesus Christ.

Once we get into a habit of devotions, scripture reading and prayer, we can then grow and accomplish what God has planned for us to do in His name. He heals our hearts and molds us into His image as we become more practiced at pleasing His heart.

Move yourself physically and spiritually and see if you just don’t feel a little different about the day. And trust me, when you do this simple step in your physical and spiritual life, God’s heart which is full of mercy toward us, will be moved toward further compassion for you.

A Moment To Praise 6.7.21 in Song
Move Your Heart – Maverick City Music x UPPERROOM

Official Music Video for Maverick City Music and UPPERROOM’s “Move Your Heart” (feat. Dante Bowe & Elyssa Smith). “Move Your Heart” was written by Elyssa Smi…

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God Bless!

Joyce

A Moment To Praise For Kids 6.1.21

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Moment To Praise For Kids 6.1.21

“This is living, baby!” 

Joyce Lochinger

Miss Joyce 

I know a man who is very dear to my heart who would wake up every morning and say, “This is living baby!”. He would wait for my reaction, which was usually a grumble or an “ugh!” because who wants to hear that first thing in the morning.  But it wasn’t always said first thing in the morning.

He would also say this same line any time we were doing anything! Eating a great meal, he would say: “This is living, baby!” If we were having a fun time at an amusement park, he would inevitably say the same exact thing! If we were standing in a long line at the grocery, out the phrase would pop! “This is living, baby!”

When I was younger, I was like wow this guy can’t possibly be this joyous in all circumstances, and yet as the years have gone by, I came to realize that for the most part, he was. He refused to let the ho hum of everyday life get him down. As I look at this man with older eyes,  I see someone who has lived most of the 80+ years of his life with this philosophy, I realize he’s had it right all along!

The Backstory

Let me give you some back story, his life wasn’t easy as a child. He was abandoned by his mother at a young age.  Yup, left on the doorstep of a local farmer’s family. That family took him in because they needed extra hands on their farm and so he lived with them until after high school. He only knew his first and last name which was left with him on that doorstep, so he gave himself a middle name when he needed to sign any official document. He paid his on way through college with numerous jobs and excelled because he was happy to be living. And in the end put himself through college all the way through to a doctorate in education. Remember his motto! He was happy to have each day that was given to him.

I saved one thing for last to share – he deeply believed in God. He still does! And he still believes that each day, although it has more downs than ups for him at his age, is worth living.

A Moment To Praise For Kids 6.1.21 in Scripture

I know that his true strength and joy come from God and the spirit He planted in his heart from the beginning. I do believe he follows this scripture and that maybe it would be a good thing for us to as well.

Psalm 37:4 ESV | BibleGateway.com

4 Delight yourself in the Lord,
    and he will give you the desires of your heart.

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A Moment To Praise For Kids 6.1.21 in Song

Remember to take a moment to delight in God today! This song will point you in the right direction I feel sure!

This Is Living Lyric Video – Hillsong Kids

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If you need more reminders to thank God from the rising of the sun to its setting, try this super easy craft. Make yourself a tissue paper heart or sun suncatcher! And thank God for every day no matter what it holds.

Tissue Paper Sun Catchers

Have a fun week!

Miss Joyce

A Moment To Praise 5.31.21

By | A Moment To Praise

A Moment To Praise 5.31.21

Joyce Lochinger

Joyce Lochinger, Gravel Hill Worship Leader

Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day everyone! I hope that you have a great day enjoying the beginning of summer with cookouts and good times. As you celebrate, I also hope that you would please take a minute to remember those who gave themselves for our liberty and freedom. The very essence of sacrificial love on this Memorial Day.

I want to tell you a quick story of my father who learned firsthand about sacrifice. My father was a young man in the ’40’s and like most young men in that time period, they were either drafted into World War 2 or voluntarily signed on. He did just the latter, he signed on at the age of 17 (he told a fib about his age) and along with 2 other young men from his hometown, was taken to boot camp.

He and the 2 other men, of course, started to hang out together since they had the same hometown and some common interests. Intense training began and during the course of that training a drill instructor told the entire group this.  He said; “Get into groups of three” so my dad and his friends did just that, then the DI said; “Look around you, there are three of you together now but in battle only one of you will make it!”. What a scary thing to hear. I’m sure they, as young men, thought that that was silly and moved on in their training.

Sacrifice

Once their time learning and preparing for battle was finished the men were separated and shipped out at different times. My dad had learned that the 2 friends from his hometown were in the first wave to land on the beaches of Normandy on June 6, 1944, D Day. My dad’s troop was shipped to the same location about 5 days later. When he arrived, he saw the destruction of the beaches, the chaos left over as the battle had moved inland and he also saw his two friends.  The words of the instructor returned to my dad’s mind, he was the one out of three that had made it.

I remember him telling me this story because it was quite unusual for him to share anything of his time in the war. And it has stuck with me. It also makes me realize that my dad knew very well, firsthand, the cost that was paid for our country’s freedom and for the freedom that we all enjoy even to this Memorial Day.

A Moment To Praise 5.31.21 in Scripture

We as Christian’s also know the cost of freedom and salvation that has been paid for us! Our Savior died a gruesome death, in our place, so that we may live. That we would be set free from sin.

Galatians 1:4 NLT – BibleGateway.com

Jesus gave his life for our sins, just as God our Father planned, in order to rescue us from this evil world in which we live.

On this Memorial Day we should remember with honor those who served and died for this country for our freedom. More importantly and on every day of our lives we should remember Christ who died for our sins. Then, with great thanksgiving and joy we must go out into the world and live our lives for Him!

A Moment To Praise 5.31.21 in Song
You Gave – With lyrics

Nice cool melody

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Happy Memorial Day! God Bless!

Joyce

P.S. Someone sent this beautiful picture of a God sighting after reading about it in May 10th’s A Moment To Praise: What Do You See?. Enjoy!

A Moment To Praise For Kids 5.25.21

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Moment To Praise For Kids 5.25.21

Fireworks 

Joyce Lochinger

Miss Joyce 

We are quickly approaching the summer holidays! Two fun ones are Memorial Day and the Fourth of July, where you can have lots of good food, swimming, play fun games and, of course, watch fireworks! I love watching fireworks. As you sit around in the grass in the warm summer air and the sky gets dark, the excitement grows for the sky to be totally transformed! One moment the sky is totally dark, and the next you can see all around you while the sky lights up with sparks and beautiful colors. Everything becomes clear as day.

A Moment To Praise For Kids 5.25.21 in Scripture

The Bible tells us that Jesus lights up the dark world the same way. He appears on the scene and all of the darkness of the world disappears! Read it for yourself in scripture:

John 12:46 NIV | BibleGateway.com

I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.

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A Moment To Praise For Kids 5.25.21 in Song

Always remember that Jesus’ light shines freely from you. Keep Him in your heart and let Him glow from inside you!

Light Of The World – Hillsong Kids

From our 2008 Album Follow You!*******Follow Us*******hillsongkids.comhillsongkidsbig.comTWITTER – http://twitter.com/hillsongkidsFACEBOOK

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Make your own fireworks this Memorial day! Light up the world with Jesus’ love and have fun!

Fireworks Craft – Val Event Gal

This fireworks craft was so easy to make and can also work as a decoration for the 4th. All you need are pipe cleaners in any colors you want (I went with red, silver and blue) and scissors. Take 6 pipe cleaners in the colors of your choice, I used 2 colors for each firework. Cut them in half and place each half in separate piles to make …

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Have a fun week!

Miss Joyce

A Moment To Praise 5.24.21

By | A Moment To Praise

A Moment To Praise 5.24.21

Joyce Lochinger

Joyce Lochinger, Gravel Hill Worship Leader

Change

One of the favorite pastimes at our house is to watch family home videos. They used to be on our old VCR tapes until we took all of them to be transferred to a more modern mode for viewing. That makes it much easier to reminisce and look back on fond memories!

Something I notice each time I watch them is that our whole family has aged, and we have all changed.  You don’t realize it until you see people with hair where now there is none, little people as babies who have grown up and are married, and loved ones who are no longer with us, but are sadly missed.

It always reminds me that life moves along, and that people and circumstances are always changing.

A Moment To Praise 5.24.21 in Scripture

There is only one person who doesn’t change, and that is Jesus.  He always was and always will be, yesterday, today and forever. Scripture makes this very clear.

Hebrews 13:8 NRSV – Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and – Bible Gateway

8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

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Thankfully, Jesus is always a constant in our lives.  When we need Him, He is consistent in His answers and in His grace. He never wavers or fails. We need never wonder about His nature because it is always the same. Worship the Savior who always reveals himself to you in never-changing love, mercy, and consistency and enjoy the love He lavishes upon you as you go through all of life’s stages!

A Moment To Praise 5.24.21 in Song
Yesterday, Today & Forever – Vicky Beeching

He is always loving, always true, always merciful and good! Trust in the Lord your God, for He is faithful til the end! Our God is unchanging!!

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Have a happy week!

Joyce

A Moment To Praise For Kids 5.18.21

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Moment To Praise For Kids 5.18.21

Thirsty? 

Joyce Lochinger

Miss Joyce 

We are so close to the start of summer! I can’t believe it! I hope you’re ready for hot days. What’s your favorite thing to do on a hot day? Do you enjoy taking a dip in a cool pool of water? Drinking a large glass of ice water? Both? When I’m super hot, nothing feels better than drinking a cold glass of water. No other drinks seem to quench my thirst. Lemonade? Soda? Iced tea? Nope, not one of those! In fact, sometimes they make me thirstier. It’s just plain water for me!

That’s funny, because that’s exactly what Jesus said to the woman he met at the well. She came for a drink, and Jesus already knew everything about her. At the time, she hadn’t been living a very godly life and Jesus let her know that He was aware of that. She was surprised, I am positive of that!  A stranger who knew everything about her?! That would make me feel funny for sure. Jesus spoke to the woman again, saying, “You came for a drink from this well, but if you would only ask me, I can give you water that will never leave you thirsty.”

A Moment To Praise For Kids 5.18.21 in Scripture

Bible Gateway passage: John 4:10 – International Children’s Bible

Jesus said, “You don’t know what God gives. And you don’t know who asked you for a drink. If you knew, you would have asked me, and I would have given you living water.”

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Jesus offered the woman living water. We all have the chance to drink from the well that Jesus offers. He wants to nurture us and help us to grow into His true disciples and followers. All you have to do is ask Him to fill you with his water, and then lead your life according to His word. Don’t pass up the opportunity to walk on the path that Jesus has laid out for you! Whenever you need a drink, take the opportunity to drink from His well of living water!

A Moment To Praise For Kids 5.18.21 in Song

Deep Cries Out – Bethel Music Kids | Come Alive

Watch “Deep Cries Out” from the Bethel Music Kids album + film, “Come Alive.”

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You can provide your own living water to plants in your yard by making this watering can. Help to keep your yard well-watered and nurtured.

Watering Can Summer Craft – The Pinterested Parent

Draw the outline of your handle onto a piece of cardboard. Paint it & let it dry. Push the paper towel roll into the tissue box on a slant. Trim the roll to the desired length for your spout.

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Have a fun week!

Miss Joyce

A Moment To Praise 5.17.21

By | A Moment To Praise

A Moment To Praise 5.17.21

Joyce Lochinger

Joyce Lochinger, Gravel Hill Worship Leader

Relying on…

Jesus wants us to rely on him and to not rely on man! I know this is a true statement because it comes from the heart of God in scripture.

A Moment To Praise 5.17.21 in Scripture
Bible Gateway passage: Jeremiah 17:5 – Christian Standard Bible

Curse and Blessing – This is what the LORD says: Cursed is the person who trusts in mankind. He makes human flesh his strength, and his heart turns from the LORD.

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It actually is a little stronger than what I first stated.  It says cursed is the person who trusts in mankind and makes human flesh his strength. That’s pretty strong. But I think I can understand what it means.

In my lifetime I have come across people who I thought would always be there for me, who would help me walk through a tough time, who would give me the strength I need through a difficult situation. And although many times these people have helped immensely, when push came to shove, I was in “it” alone in the end.  That is as far as human beings are capable of going. I am completely aware that there was always someone else in my corner all along, even in the times where I maybe looked past him, and that was Jesus!

How many times do you put too much faith in other humans? Or how about having too much trust in things of this world? We all have done it at one time or another. Then we grow up, spiritually.  We realize that the friends that we have, although they are blessings, might not always be there for us. Eventually they will disappoint because they have their own lives and their own stuff to deal with. In the end they are human and bound to let us down.

In The End

And all those things we try to accumulate won’t in the end make anything in our lives better, they will just leave us empty and spent as we try to buy our happiness one trinket, one car, one boat, one house at a time. I have found the only one who shares my sorrow and my sadness as well as my joys completely is Jesus.  He has been there all the time. And he wants to be there helping us always.

I caution you to be careful of putting all your faith in the world, in friends, in jobs, and in money. And I encourage you to fall back on Jesus in all situations. First look to his guidance and direction.  Look to the peace that He gives out to those who rely on him. Look to the way he lived his life!

Please, if you find yourself feeling lost or separated from Christ, I encourage you to get connected with a church and go back to your roots. Go back to looking to Jesus for fulfillment and satisfaction. Believe me, the things of this world will never satisfy your heart’s needs. At some point, you will see that it was Jesus’ love for you all along that carried you through your hardest days and nights!

A Moment To Praise 5.17.21 in Song
Zach Williams, Dolly Parton – There Was Jesus (Official Music Video)

Watch the official music video for “There Was Jesus” with Dolly Parton now. Listen to #ThereWasJesus everywhere: https://ZachWilliams.lnk.to/RescueStoryAlbumO

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Have a happy week!

Joyce