Tuesday, May 31, 2011

May/June 2011

I would like to start out this month by apologizing for not posting a May article. So because of that, these articles will be the combined May/June articles. The reason I have not had a chance to post anything yet was because of the great opportunity I have had for the last 5 months (this is also the reason why a lot of the posts have been late, lately!). The opportunity that I have had was to do an internship in the State Senate at my state’s Capitol. I was able to experience all the different parts of my state’s Senate. I was also able to earn college credits for this internship, which means that I had papers I had to write for the class as well. Both my college classes and the internship recently ended, but for the last month I was working hard at finishing everything up for both of these things. In the last month, I have also been working on getting everything ready to finish my college degree. I am working on a B.A. in Communications. So I applied to the college I needed to transfer to and am also trying to work out all of the details for that. I hope to finish my degree by Spring 2012. Your prayers are welcome as the details fall into place. This next year will be a busy time for me.

Please pardon me if posts are late. I will try to get caught up again and get back on track for JOY Blog. I wanted to let you know where I am at in my life and let you know why posts have been late. Please be patience with me as I finish my degree. I hope you will still be able to enjoy JOY Blog. Please email, joyfilledgirls@blogspot.com, if you have any ideas for articles or columns that you would like to see. I will definitely be open to seeing your ideas!

Have a great summer and stay tuned for more information!

Mandy H.

“But Take Heart...”

“…I have overcome the world.”  
Jesus said in John 16:33.

Sometimes, some days, we get overwhelmed. We feel everything pulling us down. And we don’t know what to do or what to hold on to. We feel as if everything is changing, everything is out of our control.

These are the times in our lives that we need to remember that there is Someone to hold on to, Someone that will always be there for us and who will never change. In Revelation 22:13, it says, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.” Jesus is telling us that he will be with us forever.

So as you know from my intro letter, I have had a lot of changes in my life lately. And the one or two I mentioned did not cover everything. On May 26, I felt the burden of these changes. And on that day, the Lord gave me something special. I was reading my devotional book, Jesus Calling by Sarah Young, and on that day, I read the perfect devo. It was talking about change and about Jesus always being with us. It reminded me that He is always with us and will always be there for us. One of the verses that was included in the devotional was the verse that I started this devotional with.

John 16:33

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

Jesus reminds us that as Christians, our lives will not be easy. But in the midst of it all, He will be with us and He has overcome the world! And that will, ultimately, bring us peace!

Add Your Comment Here...May/June 2011

I see God’s faithfulness in…

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By Faith...Miss Elaini

photo by: Jenn Lynn Image***
By Faith...Miss Elaini!
Interview with Elaini

• "By Faith" based on Hebrews 11. How are you living "By Faith"?
Right now I am trusting God that all his promises are true!

• Tell us about your salvation story. How did you come to know Jesus?
I have been raised in a Christian home and came to know Jesus at a very young age, but I really feel like I grew into my personal relationship with him over time. He accelerated the processes from the age of 16-20ish when I was extremely sick. He is my everything!

• What advice would you give to JOY Blog readers?
You will never know true joy until you know God and have a PERSONAL relationship with him. You have to understand that you are more flawed and sinful than you can imagine but you are also loved and accepted more than you could dream.

A few fun questions:

photo by: Jenn Lynn Image***
• What is the one food you don't think you could live without?
Rice and coconut milk ice cream! Actually most food. :)

• What is your favorite color?
Don't really have one but I like all colors in their most vibrant jewel tone shades best.

• What is your favorite book and/or movie?
I have to pick just one?!? Impossible. I love to read but my current favorite is 1000 Gifts: A dare to live life fully by Ann Voskamp.

• What are your hobbies?
Reading. :) Singing, piano, sewing, walks, photography, hanging out with friends and family.

• What is your favorite Bible verse or quote?
Again just one?! I love Psalms 34:5 though, "Those who look to him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed."

One last question.
photo by: Jenn Lynn Image***

• Is there anything else you would like to share with JOY Blog readers?
As young adults I feel that we can get caught up in the business of rushing from one thing to the next as if our worth is based on how much we do. It isn't, so make sure to enjoy each beautiful moment you have been given. Your worth is not in what you do.

JOY Blog would like to thank you for doing the interview, Miss Elaini! If you would like to find out more about her, check out her website, also check out this month's Helping in the Harvest. She is also featured there!


Website: http://misselainious.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Misselainious/163820663674079
Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/Misselaini

***Pictures used with permission from http://misselainious.com/

Helping in the Harvest - Miss Elaini

Helping in the Harvest - Miss Elaini

 Interview with Miss Elaini
This is the "one dress"!
Photo by Christ Taylor***

Photo by Christ Taylor***
• Can you tell us what you are doing right now?
I am wearing one dress for 100 days to raise $50,000 for orphans in India. I am blogging the picture of each different outfit daily. :)

• Why did you decide to wear one dress for a hundred days?
I saw another woman Sheena from the Uniform Project (she wore the same dress for a year!) and I decided that she had a brilliant idea.

• Who are you helping?
I am helping orphans in India through Warm Blankets Orphan Care.

How to Help

• How can we help and get involved?
Please spread the word. I have no illusions that I can raise $50,000 on my own. Or if you are really ambitions do a small fundraiser (bake sale, music night, etc.) in your community and then donate the money to the project.

Photo by Christ Taylor***

• How can JOY readers pray for you and the people you are impacting?
Wow, thank you. Please pray for strength for me. Due to my health issues and a lot of responsibility I need grace. Pray that others would hear about this and give to hurting orphans. Pray for the orphans as they adjust to having a home and food. They have a lot of scars, pain, and insecurity. They worry if they will have food for the next day and often have to be given a loaf of bread to convince them to go to sleep.


Photo by Christ Taylor***
• How can JOY readers give to this cause?
Go to misselainious.com and click on the Give Now button and donate! Even a dollar matters and counts. Everyone has 4 quarters right?


• What is something that JOY Blog readers can do right in their communities to help?
Become informed about orphans and then tell others. We have been given so much and it is a joy to give back.

"For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’  

“The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’

Matthew 25:35-36 & 40 (NIV)

Website: http://misselainious.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Misselainious/163820663674079
Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/Misselaini

 Also, check out this month's By Faith for more on Miss Elaini!

***Used with permission from http://misselainious.com/

Homemade Frappe

Homemade Frappe

This is a recipe for a home-made frappe. I tried it yesterday and it tasted just like the real thing. This treat will be perfect for the warm summer days!!!


Carmel Frappe
1 1/2-2 Cups Ice
1/2 Cup Milk
2 Tablespoons dry cappuccino mix ( I used vanilla flavor)
Carmel flavoring or caramel topping or both!

Put the ice, milk, and cappuccino mix in the blender. You can add some caramel flavoring now, if you want. Then blend until it is like a smoothie and there are no big chunks of ice (mine had a few left in it).

Then pour in a glass. You can add whip cream and/or caramel on top, too!