This is the week of our nation’s Independence Day. And in today’s times there is a greater need for bright lights of the gospel and people of faith living out their Christianity.
“Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD . . .” Psalm 33:12 NASB
“and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land” (2 Chron. 7:14)
In Devotions for Women on the Go and Devotions for Men on the Go, we quote leaders and their view of building a nation- and a family. Two favorite quotes from two vital presidents in our nations’ history are:
George Washington: “It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible.”
Abraham Lincoln: “I believe the Bible is the best gift God has ever given to man. All the good from the Savior of the world is communicated to us through this book.”
Be a Legacy Builder. Today, take time to lead your family in a prayer of thanks for your family, for your nation, and for the men and women who bravely give their lives protecting your freedom. Ask God to guide ALL the leaders of the land by turning their hearts toward Him.
Pam and Bill Farrel are the Co-Directors of Love-Wise, and they often speak for the military, Business, churches and non-profits with a desire to help build and bless marriages, families, churches and communities.
In Discovering Joy in Philippians, I share that the book of Philippians, while known as the book about JOY, is also full of great relationship information.
We see Paul’s priority of relationships in Phil 1:3-6
I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
Make a list of those you are thankful for and those you are in partnership with. Call them, send a card, text a thank you, post a praise on their social media wall.
Pam and Bill Farrel are authors of 48 books, international speakers, and relationship experts who minister to people through their Living Love-Wise community.
This is my favorite photo of my husband with our sons. He is their hero!
Father’s Day is a great time to o two things
(1) Thank your earthly father with a card, a call or companionship. Tell him why you are appreciative and grateful. Honoring your mom and dad comes with a nice “boomerrang” promise too!
Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.”
(2) Take time to tell your Heavenly Father thanks too! Take a prayer walk and thank Him for what you see along your path; pull out a photo album or the gallery on your smart phone and scroll through photo memories and give him praise; Or kneel and honor Him in humility by praising Him for his character traits, attributes and names. Abba is the name Jewish children call out to their father, it means “Daddy” Thanks your Abba Father for walking alongside you and His spirit being in you.
the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” (Romans 8:15)
Pam is married to Bill, a leader of men. Bill speaks internationally to men often on his books for men, 10 Best Decisions a Man Can Make; 7 Simple Skills for Every Man; and Devotions for Men on the Go. Learn more about Bill’s ministry to men at www.Love-Wise.com
I have found it is A LOT easier to DISCOVER JOY if you are looking for it! This summer, let’s go on a #JoyHunt
But let all who take refuge in You be glad, Let them ever sing for joy; And may You shelter them, That those who love Your name may exult in You. (Psalm 3:11)
I created this Radiant Joy Praise sheet so those going through Discovering Joy in Philippians: A Creative Bible Study Experience — or anyone who wants more joy in their lives, can keep track of the goodness of God and the #JOYMoments He gives.
Post it on your refrigerator and let the JOY radiat from your heart as you capture God’s goodness and grace~!
Pam Farrel is the bestselling author of Discovering Joy in Philippians: A Creative Bible Study Experience and Discovering Hope in the Psalms, She makes her home on a live-aboard boat slipped in So Ca. Connect to Pam and see more of her bible teaching on the Bill and Pam Farrel Facebook page.
What makes you “jump for joy”? This May, the week of my birthday, my 48th book released: Discovering Joy in Philippians: A Creative Bible Study Experience. How about you, look around, God is doing amazing things– some of which should motivate you to “jump for joy”! Jumping, rather leaping, for joy is biblical:
“Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven. ..” (Luke 6:23)
Let’s make this summer of JOY!
Pam Farrel is an international speaker, author of 48 books including several bestsellers like Men Are Like WAffles, Women Are Like Spaghetti, Discovering Hope in the Psalms and Discovering Joy in Philippians: A Creative Bible Study Experience. (co-authored with Jean E Jones and Karla Dornacher, from Harvest House) Pam and her husband, Bill have been married almost 40 years, and that makes them REJOICE! Together they Co-Direct Love-Wise. The Farrels call their live aboard boat docked in Southern Ca. home.