Thursday, April 22, 2010

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"...God not only loves you very much, but also has put His hand on you for something special." 
 1 Thessalonians 1:4 (The Message)

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

By Faith -MaryLu Tyndall

By Faith -MaryLu Tyndall

This is an interview that I did with MaryLu Tyndall. She is a Christian writer who has written several pirate books. I have read all her books that have come out and am a big fan! Have fun learning more about her through this interview.

 For more information check out her Blog and Website:

 JOY Blog: What were you like as a teenage girl?

MaryLu Tyndall: I was a very shy, awkward, insecure girl when I was a teenager. I was never in the popular groups and seemed to always be on the outside of the in crowd! I was chubby and had bad acne so I didn’t have many boyfriends. Many people who meet me now are very surprised to discover my past.

JOY: Tell us about your next book coming out.

ML: Surrender the Heart is the first book in a trilogy called Surrender to Destiny. It is the story of a lady in 1812 Baltimore who must marry a man she hates or her mother will die and her younger sister will become destitute. Trouble is, the man runs away from their engagement party to set sail for England. When she storms after him to force him to return, she ends up getting stuck on his ship and isn’t discovered until they are well out to sea. On the brink of the war of 1812, the couple finds themselves captured aboard a British War ship where they must rely on God and each other to survive. And to find their destiny!

JOY: Which book would you recommend for girls to read first?

ML: Why not start with my first book, The Redemption? 
It’s an adventurous love story between a handsome reformed pirate and a proper British lady who sails to the Caribbean in search of her father.

JOY: Which one of your books is your favorite?

ML: It’s hard to pick one. They each hold a dear spot in my heart. I feel as though all the characters are my best friends. I really enjoyed writing The Red Siren, which is a story about a female pirate! But Hope, the heroine in The Blue Enchantress is more like me, a fallen girl who was in desperate need of redemption.

JOY: Why did you choose to write pirate books?

ML: I’ve always loved pirates. Growing up on the warm beaches of South Florida, I used to dream about the adventures of the sea-faring rogues. When the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie came out, I became seriously interested in writing a story about a Christian pirate. I had never written a book before, but I found the idea so intriguing that I couldn’t stop myself. I see now that God was leading me into writing and that He gave me the idea. Out of that was born my first book, The Redemption.

JOY: Tell us about your salvation story. How did you come to know Jesus?

ML: I was 35 years old and had reached rock bottom after spending my life chasing all the things of the world I thought would make me happy. I had partied, drank, and spent my life running from God. I was on my second marriage and it was failing. My teenage children were out of control and I seriously wanted to die. On an impulse I found an old Bible I had kept from childhood, dusted it off and started reading it, desperate for answers and for meaning to my life. Somewhere in the middle, God miraculously made Himself known to me. I can’t explain it except it felt like a bright light flooded my entire body and I knew without a doubt that He existed and that the Bible was His word. My entire family at that time were atheists so I had quite an uphill battle. But God has been more than faithful!

JOY:  JOY is a blog for girls. Looking back at where you were to where you are now, what advice would you have given yourself when you were a teenage girl?

ML: Don’t listen to what the world tells you. It will lie to you and say that all that matters is what you look like. That you have to be thin and beautiful and have a great outgoing personality to be of any value. It will tell you that in order to be loved you should give your body away. It will tell you that sex equals love. That in order to have fun you should drink and do drugs and gather wealth around you. It is all a lie! Believe me. I’ve been there. All those things lead to depression, disappointment and destruction. If I could go back, I would fall on my knees before God and surrender my life to Him completely. I would follow Him all my days and cultivate my internal beauty by relying on His Holy Spirit. I would trust Him to guide me and provide for me a wonderful man who would love me for myself and never leave me or cheat on me. The Lord is the only one who can bring you true peace and happiness. Everything else outside of Him is useless garbage. Trust Him and see what happens!

JOY: How do you balance writing, family, and remain focused on God?

ML: I spend an hour each morning in prayer and Bible reading. I do it no matter how busy I am, no matter whether I’m under a tight deadline and I might be late in turning in my manuscript. It is the most important time of my day. Then during the day, I am in constant conversation with God. I talk to him as if He were right beside me. (Because He is) He’s always with you and He’s interested in every detail of your life. You are precious to Him!

JOY: When did you know you were meant to be a writer?

ML: Not until my first manuscript got contracted! Up to that point, I had always loved to write but had never submitted anything to a publisher. I told the Lord that if He wanted me to become an author, then He’d have to get this book published. And He did!

Now for some fun questions:

JOY: What is the one material thing you wouldn't leave home without?

ML: Sunglasses.

JOY: What is one of your secret ambitions?

ML: To be a professional dancer.

JOY: What is the one food you don't think you could live without?

ML: Popcorn

JOY: What is your favorite color?

ML: Black. Yes, I’m weird

JOY: What was your favorite book and movie growing up (or now)?

ML: Growing up: Book: The Last of the Mohicans. Movie: Gone with the Wind
Now: Book: Captain Blood by Raphael Sabatini Movie: The Conte of Monte Cristo

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

By Faith

By Faith

One thing that the Bible calls us to do is to “live by faith”. A saying that you hear a lot is, “Live by faith and not by sight”. Hebrews 11 talks a lot about people in the Bible that have lived by faith. Verses 32-38 says that, “time would fail me to tell of,” all of the people that have lived by faith. Hebrews 11:1-2 tells us what living By Faith is:

1-Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
2- For by it the people of old received their commendation.

Each month a person will be picked to go in our “By Faith” section. It may be a person in the Bible, someone in history, or someone today that has lived or is living “By Faith”.

**Let us know if you have any ideas of people whether from history, the Bible, or nowadays, that you would like to see an article about.**

Hard-Working Hands

Hard-Working Hands

Spring get-togethers. I love them. After a long winter, its always nice to meet up with friends and family look fresh for spring. Outfit? Got it! Accessories? Check! Smile and cheerful attitude? Accounted for! Seems like I am all put together except for one little detail….. my nails.
Healthy nails are often overlooked in the realms of hygiene and beauty. However, healthy looking nails are noticed more often than you’d think. Think about how hard we work our hands and feet… why is it that we don’t always take care of them?
I try to give myself a pedicure and manicure once every two weeks. It keeps my nails healthy and fresh looking.

To give yourself a pedicure:

• Soak your feet in warm, soapy water
• After about 10 minutes of soaking, push back your cuticles using your fingernail or a file
• Trim away any excess cuticles
• Gently trim your toenails
• File the edges of your nails
• Massage your feet with lotion. Take time to rub each individual toe, the bottom of your feet, and your ankles.
• Add a splash of color or a clear coat of polish to keep your nails strong
o If you use nail color, put down a base of clear before applying. This will prevent your nails from being stained by the color.

To give yourself a manicure:

• Soak your hands in warm, soapy water
• After about 10 minutes of soaking, push back your cuticles using your fingernail or a file
• Trim away any hangnails or excess cuticles
• Gently trim your fingernails
• File the edges of your nails to keep them soft and rounded
• Massage your hands with lotion. Take time to rub each individual finger and the palm of your hand.
• Add a splash of color or a clear coat of polish to keep your nails strong
o If you use nail color, put down a base of clear before applying. This will prevent your nails from being stained by the color.

European Flare

European Flare
Spring is here! And not a moment too soon! Hurray for light jackets, open-toed shoes, and those pretty spring clothes we long for over the winter months. It is now the time to pack away your winter clothes and switch out your closet for some lighter attire.

Don’t pack away all of your winter clothes just yet though, leave out some decorative scarves. Mix your summer tank-tops, shorts, capris, skirts, and dresses with a scarf for a more European look. Scarves continue to be the latest trend hitting Europe. And they aren’t just for the chilly seasons! Step out in style this spring with a touch of Europe by just adding a decorative scarf.

Spring Challenge: Can you find light scarves to accent your outfit?

*Remember, be creative! Your outfit is your art. Where can you find outfit accents at a reasonable rate? Leave us your ideas by adding a comment. We’d love to hear how you created your look for less!

Guy Talk- Learn to Live

Learn to Live

Easter is a time of new beginnings. Jesus died to give us a fresh start. Why is it then that we tend to hold the past at the front of our minds when it comes to relationships? I have been guilty of judging guys simply on my own past experience. While it is important to “live and learn,” let’s not forget that we are also “learning to live.” There is a time for tears, there is a time for laughter. There is a time for sorrow, and a time for joy. Let go of the past and give your new relationships a fresh, clean slate. Just as God gave us a fresh start, give that same gift to the people in your life. Give those guys a chance. Trust God and move forward boldly into a new beginning.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Easter 2010

Happy Easter!
He Is Risen!

From the Manger to the Cross to Risen Savior

From the Manger to the Cross to Risen Savior

I was reminded today that Christmas was just 3 months ago. We celebrated the birth of Jesus Christ. The day He came to this earth. God had a special plan for that Babe in a manger. That plan involved you and me. That plan was FOR you and me and the whole world. That plan was to send His Son, His only Son, to save us, all because He loved us (John 3:16). So Jesus came to earth, He lived among us. His name was, “Jesus, because He will save his people from their sins”, Matthew 1:21. He was human, yet sinless. In the Bible, Hebrews 7:26-27 says, “Such a high priest meets our need—one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens. Unlike the other high priests, he does not need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for his own sins, and then for the sins of the people. He sacrificed for their sins once for all when he offered himself.” Jesus was “set apart from sinners”. 1 Timothy 1:15 says, “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners…”

Then the day came, the day we call Good Friday. Isaiah 53:5 says, “But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.” He came to earth and he died a sinner’s death for you and me. He did that so we could spend eternity with Him. In Romans 5:8 It tells how great God’s love for us was and is, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

Even though the price was paid for our sins and Jesus had done His task here on earth, God wanted to show us what it meant to have new life in Him. On the third day, just as he promised, “God raised him from the dead on the third day and caused him to be seen” (Acts 10:40). And now we have hope for the future. Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Do you have that hope and future in Christ? If not, and even if you do, give yourself to Him again this year.

Sing this song with me.

The Stand by Hillsong United

You stood before creation
Eternity within Your hand
You spoke the earth into motion
My soul now to stand

You stood before my failure
Carried the Cross for my shame
My sin weighed upon Your shoulders
My soul now to stand

So what can I say
What can I do
But offer this heart O God
Completely to You

So I'll walk upon salvation
Your Spirit alive in me
This life to declare Your promise
My soul now to stand

So what can I say
What can I do
But offer this heart O God
Completely to You

So I'll stand
With arms high and heart abandoned
In awe of the One who gave it all
So I'll stand

My soul Lord to You surrendered
All I am is Yours