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Joy studied elementary education before going on to teach at the primary school level as well as homeschooling for twenty-six years. Joy has touched the lives of thousands through her ministry in state Religious Education, Sunday Schools, and Holiday Bible Clubs as well as through her speaking at various seminars and retreats. Joy is also a gifted musician and has collaborated on multiple recording projects as well as maintaining a private teaching studio for over thirty years. Joy currently does missions support spreading her time between Uganda, Vanuatu, and her home in Australia. Joy has seven children and twenty grandchildren. You can contact Joy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All good things must end . . . but what a powerful end! Bryan Chapell spoke on Christ's love for the vulnerable and it was so good that I will post a separate blog on the highlights. Again, I left in tears over how incredible God is! But I wanted to share some of the conference in photos. Katoomba Christian Convention made this a very special day with all the extras like an excellent selection of books, several free books and magnets we were given (along with a pen and chocolates in our delegates bag!). Lunchtime saw many gourmet food trucks pull into the courtyard to tempt our tastebuds. There were testimonies of lives changed and interviews of each speaker to give us a glimpse into their daily lives. Then, there's the thrill of singing about how incredible God is with 1300 ot... Read more
Nancy Guthrie just spoke at One Love women's convention here today, helping us understand HOW to repond to God's amazing love. From John 21 where Jesus asked Peter 3 times "Do You Love Me?", we see Jesus graciously offering forgiveness for the 3 times Peter denied Him. Words can't be taken back, but this is another example of how love starts with God. With Jesus' comment "What is that to you?", He points out that loving and following Him is not exactly the same for everyone. We cannot really say we love God until we have absorbed His forgiveness and love for us. His cooking and inviting the disciples to breakfast on the beach illustrate how He comes ad calls us in our hour of need. We don't search for Him, He searches for us. And then when they were fed, He commissioned them to feed o... Read more
Isn't God so awesome how He does that . . . when what someone presents from His Word is just meant personally for each lady in the convention centre today?! Personally for all of them, even though they are each in a different stage of life with different needs! That's what happened in this last hour at OneLove2014 when Nancy Guthrie spoke to us on "What Does God's Love Look Like?" I ended up in tears as she related the story of Hosea's life. Having just been divorced by my abusive husband, to hear again of the abundant loving-kindness of my God to me was an overwhelmingly-welcome reminder and encouragement. God's love does not depend on my response, but on His character. The gospel just shines out of this prophet's life. Hosea's wife Gomer was unfaithful and ran after other lovers, j... Read more
Over 2,000 women are filling the Australia Technology Park for today's OneLove event! The air is expectant as they fellowship and enjoy "high tea" before our first speaker, Nancy Guthrie in half an hour! I'm really looking forward to hearing her tell us, from her perspective, "What Does God's Love Look Like?" Read more
And so begins Series 4 of our Marital Abuse posts – Helping the Abused. Up until now, my goal has been to define abuse. Below is a convenient list of topics we've covered with each link: Introduction - Marital Abuse - No One Knew Series 1: How to Spot an Abuser Post 1: Domestic Violence Post 2: The Cycle of Abuse Post 3: Emotional and Mental Abuse Post 4: Financial and Spiritual Abuse Post 5: Spotting An Abuser Before You Marry One Series 2: Why The Abused Stay Post 1: Fear, part 1 Post 2: Fear, part 2 Post 3: Reasons Other Than Fear Series 3: Why Abusers Abuse Post 1: Power Post 2: Addiction Post 3: Abusive Background Now, series 4 will explore what we can DO about what we know. God's Opinion of Abuse It may seem useless and even silly to ask what God thinks about abuse when the answer s... Read more