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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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
What’s going on here?
I’ve decided to post the various essays and short papers I have to write to meet certain Reformers Unanimous (RU) requirements and complete challenges contained in the RU workbooks. This will allow me to kill two birds with one stone… or rather, -since I’m all about save-the-bunnies-and-the-birds and totally against animal cruelty- accomplish two tasks with one assignment.
What is Reformers Unanimous?
Reformers Unanimous is a revolutionary addiction recovery program developed from over a decade of experience working with hundreds of thousands of addicts through local churches. Renowned addiction experts Steve Curington, and Dr. Paul Kingsbury have produced a program that uses a unique spiritual approach to develop lifelong sobriety. If you have tried everything else, and are looking for something that “just works” then this program is for you.
Anyone who blogs regularly somewhere knows how much work it can be, regardless of how much you may enjoy it. Sometimes it’s hard to formulate into words what exactly you want to say. Sometimes it leaves your brain and emotions feeling absolutely fried. Sometimes it makes you want to pull all your hair out in frustration (although I’m 97.4% sure that the bald look wouldn’t suit me at all, so I’m trying to avoid that move as much as possible).
In the past I have shared my overly-booked, insane schedule with you all and most of you told me I was crazy (or something like that). Most of you also encouraged me to be careful not to stretch myself too thin, to pray about my schedule, to cut out the unnecessary stuff, or simply set aside the things the Lord hadn’t specifically called me to do.
Hence, this post…