Messages of joy

Today I was encouraged and challenged (again) by Darren at Problogger with his blog post and vlog, What Is Your Blogging Vice? One of the things he said was that we tend to get distracted from blogging, and we need to focus on the core thing of being a blogger (i.e., actually blogging!).

After watching his vlog, I asked myself, what was my core reason for being a blogger? The same purpose as in my writing and speaking:  because of God’s calling on my life  found in the entire chapter of Isaiah 61, my “life verse” that God gave me in 1989 as I was praying one night.  When Ray and I went to Israel several years ago, I had Isaiah 61 inscribed in Hebrew on a silver ring that I bought there, along with my name Beth. (Ring pictured below)

Israel ring
Here is The Message Bible version of that scripture, verses 1-4:

“The Spirit of God, The Master is on me, because God anointed me, He sent me to preach good news to the poor, heal the brokenhearted, announce freedom to all captives, pardon to all prisoners. God sent me to announce the year of his grace – a celebration of God’s destruction of our enemies – and to comfort all who mourn, to care for the needs of all who mourn in Zion, give them bouquets of roses instead of ashes. Messages of joy instead of news of doom.”

Messages of joy instead of news of doom. That is what I want to give you, dear reader. There is enough bad news today.  I want you to come away from this blog encouraged and refreshed with the knowledge of how much God loves you! That He has a great plan for your life (Jeremiah 29:11). He has an eternal purpose and an incredible destiny for your life that He wants you to fulfill, through faith in His Son Jesus.  He will reveal that plan for you if you seek His face.

There is only ONE you – you’re the only one in the whole world with your unique fingerprints, who can accomplish what God created you from the beginning to do! He loves you so much, and He is for you, and not against you. (Romans 8:31) He is your Faithful Friend, who will never leave you! (John 15:15; Hebrews 13:5)

I pray that today your heart is encouraged with this message of joy.

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