Heather’s Joy

I just wanted to give you a heads up that the web address of this blog will most likely be changing soon. A couple years back I purchased a custom domain (ie. growup318.com), but it has since expired — this leads me to believe that my web address will be changing back to heathersjoy.wordpress.com shortly. Make sure to change your bookmarks to reflect the new (old) URL.

With that said, I will also be changing the name of this blog. It will no longer be called “Grow Up!” — I will be renaming it “Heather’s Joy” — because A) that was it’s original name, B) it’ll match the URL (lol), and C) that’s actually MY name (well, Heather Joy).

I hope all of my readers will still continue to follow and read this blog despite the sparce posts as of late.

I’m not entirely sure, but I believe you would all rather recieve quality over quantity anyways — so instead of forcing a post and re-blogging from elsewhere, I believe it’s in everyone’s best interest if I only post something from time to time as God lays something on my heart or teaches me something new. That’s not to say that He’s not constantly teaching me new things — but sometimes what he teaches me is…for me. And then there are other times that I feel He has given me liberty to share what He’s taught me with others.

I hope that makes sense to you all. I hope all is well with you, and pray you continue to seek the Lord in all things.

The God of Second Chances.

I’ve often said that I’m thankful that I have a God Who offers second chances…and third and fourth chances.

Then as I was pondering that thought for a bit, I realized I had it wrong. There are no such things as third and fourth chances with God.

When you give someone a second chance, it’s usually because you forgave them of their previous failure of the first attempt.

Thank God He’s forgiving! But I’m even more thankful that He’s forgetting! In Isaiah 43:25 the Bible says, “I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.”

So when I as God for forgiveness, He forgives and forgets my past sin. And when I ask Him to give me yet ANOTHER chance to do something for Him He must lovingly look down from Heaven and whisper:

“Child, I don’t remember you ever failing before….”

So, in essence, every new mercy He shows us is a second chance — but that’s as far as it goes, because He doesn’t remember my sins.

Too much of a Martha, and not enough of a Mary.

I’ve been uncomfortable in my complacency for a couple of months now, yet too confused to do anything about it because it seemed that everything I have ever tried in the past has landed me right back where I started in beginning with more wear-and-tear than I bargained for. On Sunday I prayed and asked the Lord to do a work in my life – I laid the fleece out on the lawn, if you will. I prayed that He would reveal Himself to me and grab ahold of my heart.

I prayed that my Prayer Life would become real – not just going through the motions of asking for things when I’m in need, but that I would learn to praise Him when things are taking place that are perhaps unpleasant. I prayed that I would be more concerned with what God thought about my prayer life than what my prayers sounded like to others. God doesn’t care about fancy words and impressive praise — He cares about what’s in my heart.

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Equality and marriage for all!

No doubt I’m sure you all noticed the endless sea of red equal sign pictures that were floating over just about every social network in existence. I watched in both shock and horror as people I knew joined in with changing their profile picture and replacing it with the aforementioned picture — Christian people… people I thought knew better.

I was wrong.

So decided to change my profile picture as well. It seemed like the thing to do…

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BOOK RELEASE: “Mysteries Such As These” (a book by Heather Joy)

Hi friends! I hope this finds you all doing well!

I have been keeping busy, busy, busy these past few months! Overwhelmingly busy, actually! I’m not complaining though — it’s been good for me.

And what’s the title of this post all about anyway?! oh THAT! I’m so very excited about this!

As most of you know (at least, those of you who have followed this blog for awhile), I’ve been wanting to write a book for a long time now. In fact, I’ve had a burden about it for awhile. I wanted to write something that would help and encourage people. I wanted to write something that was real…

Well, the day has finally come! I released my first “ebook” yesterday afternoon!

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GIVEAWAY: custom hand-designed mug!

To celebrate the opening of my new Etsy.com shop For The Love of Oliver, I’m hosting a giveaway!

Yeah, free stuff!!IMG_4206

If you would like to win a custom hand-designed mug for yourself, your wife, your daughter, your pastor, the person you secretly admire, or anyone at all, keep reading….

WHAT: You could win a custom hand-designed mug of your choice!

FROM: For The Love of Oliver Etsy.com shop

WHY: because I’m nice and like to give stuff to people…

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Challenge 11: Matthew 5:41-47 Essay Report.

What does Matthew 5:41-47 mean to a believer?

VS 41 – As Christians we should be willing to go the second mile and put in the extra effort. Back in “Bible days,” a roman could beckon a Jewish man to carry his luggage for a mile. However, Christ taught that the Jewish man should carry the luggage for an extra mile! What a great testimony to the Romans that the Jews allowed themselves to serve others with their time and abilities.

VS 42 – We should be willing to help others who are in need – not just by sharing our possessions with them, but also by giving them our time when they need help. We should also be willing to give and help others without expecting to get something back from them in return.

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What’s the Big Deal About the KJV? {episode 4}: dumbed-down version.

Somewhere between episode 3 of “What’s The Big Deal About The KJV?” and this episode 4, I got caught up inthe busy-ness of my jam-packed life and didn’t realize the latest episode had come out! My apologies for not being more on the ball with this.

If you missed episode 1 of “What’s the Big Deal About the KJV?,” click HERE to watch it. If you missed episode 2, click HERE to watch it. If you missed episode 3, click HERE.

And, as always, I’ve got some more interesting resources for you to give a look-see at:

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Challenge 5: Matthew 5:1-12 Essay Report.

What does Matthew 5:1-12 mean to a believer?

This portion of Scripture has to be one of my absolute favorites among my many favorite passages.

Jesus was always teaching people – regardless of whether He opened His mouth to speak or simply lived His life in and out of every day. The truths taught in this passage of Scripture could have been learned simply by watching the life of the Savior without Him every teaching the Beatitudes from the mountain-top.

“Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven.” We as mere human beings are nothing in and of ourselves, but in Christ we have everything we could ever want or need. We may not have much as far as riches go here on earth, but one day we will take up residence in Heaven.

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Why I’m A Baptist.

The following is the paper I wrote for the PH 305 Baptist Heritage class I just finished at the Antioch Bible Institute (ABI). I just finished my first semester (two classes) there and I believe I did quite well — thank God!

We just started the new semester this week and I am taking two classes again. Each class we are required to write a paper and turn it in with our course notebook on the last day of class. Here’s the paper I wrote for my Baptist Heritage course.

Why I’m A Baptist

Many people might say that I’m a Baptist by default. Being adopted into and raised in a Baptist home would definitely have an influence on which direction my faith would go. I was always taught about the fallacies of Catholicism, Lutheranism, Methodism, the Church of Christ, Hinduism, Mormonism – you name it and chances are I could tell you at least one reason why they were all false, or at least flawed, religions.

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