Thrill of Hope, the Weary World Rejoices

Free Printable 8 x 10 and Scripture Card

Do you feel lonely? Maybe you’re a little burned out… overwhelmed… sad… disappointed… eager for a change?

The thrilling truth? Someone wants to spend Christmas with you- and you needn’t dust or scrub your home in preparation. (Relief!)

His name is Immanuel, God with us…

“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us and we have seen His glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14, ESV)

The world tells us that Christmas is about gifts, parties, meals and happy-go-lucky families gathered around a crackling fire.

I’m calling their bluff. Guess what? You don’t need to buy one. single. thing. in order to celebrate a meaningful Christmas season. You only need to enter into an abiding relationship with Jesus Christ.

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him.” (John 3:16-17, ESV)

This Christmas, find rest in the One who is full of grace and truth. Grace… from the Greek word Charis, meaning unmerited favor and “that which affords joy, pleasure, delight, sweetness, charm, loveliness”. (source)

I want to spend time with the One source of true joy. I will spend time with Jesus by spending time in the true Word of God. One of the most effective tools that I use to help me meditate on the Word of God (even during busy seasons) is to place Bible verse cards all around my home and read them as I go about my day. I’ve made a new free printable card (and art print) to help you do the same!

Immanuel, God with us… He is our thrill of Hope. Weary world, rejoice!

Click here to download your free “A Thrill of Hope” prints (2 background colors, black or white) and Bible verse card.

Merry Christmas, friend. Having you as a part of our Joy Community means so much to me. I pray these printables will help you to center on the true reason for the season.

Learn more about who Jesus is and how to enter into a relationship with Him by clicking here.

Scripture quotations are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

We Will Serve the Lord

Free Joshua 24:15 Printables

Whew, it’s been a whirlwind around here these past few weeks. I’ve been very sick and was unable to create a new design for you until now- I apologize for the delay. Gratefully, I’m feeling much better! Many of you look forward to these weekly free printables with great anticipation. Your desire to post God’s Word all over your home and workplace is an absolute delight to me!

Today you’ll find a brand new free printable of Joshua 24:15 designed in classic black and white, and I hope you love it! (Psst: wouldn’t today’s free printable look lovely framed? This would be a wonderful gift during Pastor Appreciation Month! Also, consider giving a gift subscription to Page of Joy: Delivered… Shhh- my pastor’s wives are all getting Joy-Mail. Don’t tell them, it’s still a secret. Wink!)

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When the world seems so noisy, newsfeeds are filled with tension, tragedy strikes yet again, and we wake up wondering what in the world we are going to do…?

Always circle back around to this one thing: As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. Trust the Lord with your whole heart, get to know Him (the One who can fill you with a peace that surpasses understanding and wisdom that abounds!) through the Bible, ask Him to show you just what to do. He is faithful and worthy of all glory, honor, and praise.

“Trust and obey, for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey!” (Pastor John, I can just hear you singing this one along with us at the end of yet another Gospel-centered sermon…)

When your world swirls ’round like a hurricane…trust and obey… and just like that, you’ll find yourself full circle, back resting in the secure arms of the One who surrounds you and upholds everything with His Word.

Click here to download your free 8×10 and 5×7 Bible verse prints. 

 

When we walk with the Lord in the light of His Word,
What a glory He sheds on our way!
While we do His good will, He abides with us still,
And with all who will trust and obey.

Refrain:
Trust and obey, for there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.

Not a shadow can rise, not a cloud in the skies,
But His smile quickly drives it away;
Not a doubt or a fear, not a sigh or a tear,
Can abide while we trust and obey.

Not a burden we bear, not a sorrow we share,
But our toil He doth richly repay;
Not a grief or a loss, not a frown or a cross,
But is blessed if we trust and obey.

But we never can prove the delights of His love
Until all on the altar we lay;
For the favor He shows, for the joy He bestows,
Are for them who will trust and obey.

Then in fellowship sweet we will sit at His feet,
Or we’ll walk by His side in the way;
What He says we will do, where He sends we will go;
Never fear, only trust and obey.
-John H. Sammis, 1887

 

May you experience God’s favor and joy as you trust in Him and obey. Not a doubt or a fear, not a sigh or a tear,
can abide while we trust and obey. Never fear, only trust and obey.

 

Scripture quotations are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

 

Return to Joy | Bev DeSalvo

Can You Return to Joy when God Doesn’t Answer Your Prayers?

Join me in welcoming Bev DeSalvo, author of Return to Joy: Finding Healing in the Arms of Your Savior, to the blog today. This joy-sister knows suffering and she also knows the healing hand of our Savior. Be encouraged along with me as she reminds us that God is faithful and shares hope for returning to joy even in the midst of suffering.

Can You Return to Joy when God Doesn’t Answer Your Prayers?

Guest post by Bev DeSalvo

My world was rocked four years ago when my husband, Gary, was diagnosed with Ocular Melanoma, a rare eye cancer that has no known cure and typically metastasizes to the liver. After consulting several well-known specialists, he chose to have his right eye removed and went through a clinical trial at a reputable cancer center. We breathed a sigh of relief with each clear liver scan in the following years and our “scanziety” was finally diminished. Friends and family all over the world had been fervently praying for us, so clearly God was answering our prayers for a miraculous healing…or so we thought. My breath was taken away when Gary’s oncologist gave us the news that his latest scan revealed a suspicious spot on his liver.

After an MRI and biopsy, our greatest fear was confirmed. Gary’s cancer had traveled through his blood and metastasized to his liver. Knowing that statistically this meant that he only had a 10% chance of survival in the following year, we wept in each other’s arms. My heart was broken as I wondered how I would be able to survive without the love of my life (who is a bigger than life man). Gary was deeply troubled because he longs to care for his family, minister to his flock and be with us in the good and bad times to come. We’d spent our lives sharing the joy of the Lord with countless people all over the world. But with this news, we wondered if we would ever be able to experience that joy again.

In my book, Return to Joy, I state that “The strongest force in the first two years of a child’s life is the desire to experience joy in loving relationships. Finding comfort from a nurturing caregiver in the midst of pain brings restoration to a child’s emotional balance, and the child is able to get down and play as if nothing painful ever happened. Psychologists call this returning to joy.”

After several years of counseling and working through painful memories from my childhood, I had found healing from traumatic physical, emotional and sexual abuse. During that journey, there were times when my pain was so excruciating that I felt like I would die. But as I worked through the baggage from my past, my hardened heart slowly softened as God replaced the lies from the evil one with His truth. And as I drew near to His heart in worship I began to nestle into His embrace and find comfort that I’d never known before…and like a small child who finds comfort from her loving caregiver, I was able to return to joy.

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But that was healing from past hurts, what about my present situation? Had God’s character changed overnight? Was He still the loving Father that I’d finally learned to trust?

After the initial shock of Gary’s metastasis, I considered my fear and asked myself a hard question:

What attribute of God am I doubting?

Was I doubting that God was sovereign and that this incident happened without His knowledge? Or was I fearful because I didn’t think He was big enough to carry us through whatever the future might hold?

In desperation, I fell on my face before the Holy One and thought about how He had been faithful to me in the past. I remembered that He was with me and would never abandon me and slowly my fears were relieved. And miraculously, I found comfort in my heavenly Father’s embrace and was able to return to joy… even though He didn’t answer my prayer for my husband’s healing.

“But may all who search for You be filled with joy and gladness in You. May those who love Your salvation repeatedly shout, ‘The Lord is great!’ (Psalm 40:16)

Like the Psalmist, when we seek the Holy One in worship our hearts are strengthened as we use our spiritual eyes to see the Lord in all His power and holiness. And when we’re in this place of refuge our joy doesn’t depend on whether God answers our prayers the way we want Him to.

In God’s glorious presence our joy is based on who our heavenly Father is.

So when, not if, your prayers aren’t answered the way you desire, will you choose to doubt God’s attributes and become fearful and downhearted…or will you go into His presence and worship Him? You will find divine comfort in His embrace and be able to return to joy, no matter your circumstances.

 

 

 

 

 

Bev DeSalvo
Author | Speaker
Helping Women Return to Joy
Bev DeSalvo describes herself as a worshiping woman who has been on an amazing spiritual journey. Raised in an abusive home that created a deep fear of intimacy, God has used her pain as a magnet to draw her to His heart. Now she takes this message of hope to hurting women all over the world and has a book, Return to Joy, that was released in July, 2016 by NavPress. Find out more at http://bevdesalvo.com/. 

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Clothed in Strength & Dignity

Free Printable Bible Verse Card

“Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.” (Proverbs 31:25-26, ESV)

Clothed in Strength and Dignity, free printable from pageofjoy.com

 

This verse is more than just a popular quote on social media or the latest Christian t-shirt slogan… May it truly be our prayer today, as women of God!

The Amplified Bible, Classic Edition translates this beautifully:

“Strength and dignity are her clothing and her position is strong and secure; she rejoices over the future [the latter day or time to come, knowing that she and her family are in readiness for it]!

She opens her mouth in skillful and godly Wisdom, and on her tongue is the law of kindness [giving counsel and instruction].” (Proverbs 31:25-26, AMPC)

Let us eagerly dive into the Word of God, that we might abound in strength and dignity standing securely on the knowledge of God. Let’s be filled with His wisdom so that when we open our mouths it’s kindness, wisdom, and godly counsel that spill out. (#preachingtomyself)

I’ve made a new, free, printable for you today! To download your “Strength & Dignity” verse card simply click on the link below. Be encouraged and feel free to share this beautiful Scripture with friends!

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD YOUR FREE PRINTABLE VERSE CARD.

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What is the Gospel?

The Good news of Jesus Christ

Would you enjoy some free printable GOSPEL themed Bible verse cards? Oh, friend, this latest set of free cards that I’ve made for you might be my favorite yet. Click here to get your free set.

Gospel Card Printables from pageofjoy.com

Are you interested in learning more about Jesus and the Bible? Before we dive into this great reading list be sure to begin reading in the BEST resource available, the Bible! Click here to read the Gospel of John entirely for free (a great place to begin learning about the life of Jesus).

Gospel Resources, pageofjoy.com

 

  1. Follow Me (David Platt)
  2. Begin (Ken Ham & Bodie Hodge)
  3. Evidence That Demands A Verdict, Life-Changing Truth For A Skeptical World (Josh McDowell, Sean McDowell)
  4. The Explicit Gospel (Matt Chandler, Jared C. Wilson)
  5. Mere Christianity (C.S. Lewis)
  6. What Is The Gospel? (Greg Gilbert)
  7. Renewed Joy, 5 Simple Steps To Lasting And Powerful Joy In The Lord (Stephanie Page)

Book number seven, Renewed Joy, is my personal testimony of the power of God to heal and restore a life. If you would like to get to know me better, then I would love for you to pick up a copy.

“Do you ever feel lonely, discouraged or overwhelmed? Have you lost your joy? “Renewed Joy: 5 Simple Steps to Lasting and Powerful Joy in the Lord” is a Christian book that inspires women to discover fresh and lasting joy in the Lord through His Word. If you are walking through life just faking fine, then reading this book will help you unlock true joy!

Consider Renewed Joy your guidebook to the source of powerful joy. Stephanie Page invites you into her story and leads you through the path to joy that is found in the Bible. You do not have to live discouraged or broken. Discover the way to joy in the Lord today!”

 

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Please comment below and share with us any prayer requests, questions and stories you might have! I love to hear from you and look forward to connecting more.

 

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