Just Between Us: Finding Joy
Statistics have shown that most women are discouraged or dealing with depression and in need of resources to help them in developing their leadership skills. This series features the top 10 themes from Just Between Us--a magazine that speaks directly...
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Statistics have shown that most women are discouraged or dealing with depression and in need of resources to help them in developing their leadership skills. This series features the top 10 themes from Just Between Us--a magazine that speaks directly to the current issues that women face--especially those in ministry.
A Note from Jill Briscoe Dear Friends, One paraphrase of 1 Peter 5:7 says, "You can throw the whole weight of your anxieties upon HIm for you are His personal concern." Prayer and worry cannot lvie together. You cannot worry and pray at the same time. Prayer is the place to let your anxieties go--to hand them off to somoene else, someone well able to carry them for you. God! It's hard to throw the whole weight of our anxiety upon Him isn't it? How do we do that? When I'm traveling, which seems to be constantly, I carry a briefcase full of files and books with me. It's heavy. When I'm on the road alone my back hurts by the end of the day. Often I'm with my husband, Stuart, or daughter, Judy, who hurry to take my briefcase to lift the load. I want to help so it's not an extra burden for them. Sometimes I say, "Let's both carry it. Let's share it." but the handle isn't big enough and it doesn't work. I've even been tempted to open the bag and take out some books to carry myself so it's lighter for them! But their backs are strong and well able to carry the case while my back is hurting, unable to carry it. So I throwmy burden gratefully into their hands! They always smile at me because they love me and are concerned. Occasionally I refuse thier kind offer of help. Why? For all sorts of reasons. I get to thinking they ahve their won burdens, and I should be able to carry a little briefcase filled with a few books. Or I begin to worry that they'll dread having me along because I'm such a nuisance with my moving library! I always reap the consequences of carrying the stuff myself, when guild, self-effort, pride, or stupidity lead me to refuse their helping hand. I'm sure Stuart and Judy consider me very foolish when they are walking right beside me and are willing and able to help, but I insist on going it alone. I think God thinks we are ver foolish too when He has told us to hand off our heavy issues to HIm and we don't. So don't forget. God is your constant travel companion along life's road. His back is big enough and strong enough for your case loadof worries. And don't be opening the bag and keeping a few books to carry yourself to make it easier on Him. Throw the whole weight of your anxieties upon Him for you are His personal concern. In His Love, Jill Briscoe For more information about Just Between Us resources, visit this page .
A Note from Jill Briscoe Dear Friends, Years ago, a young man we met on the streets of Europe found Christ. A few months later he stood up to testify to his newfound faith. "I've been running away from God for years," he said, "but I've discovered He has longer legs than I have!" I married the thought to these words: Sorrow would bury us Because sorrow is the undertaker. Joy is Jesus Jesus is the overtaker Who overtakes the undertaker And dresses our spirit in a garment of praise! Joy is Jesus God in Galilean cloth Touching our lives-- Offering us life! And making our hearts smile. Don't try to run away From the Lord-- Remember He has longer legs than you have! If joy is Jesus, then it follows that the better you know Him the more joy you will experience. Joy is, as someone has said, "the infallible evidence of the presence of God." So when the wind blows and the dark night begins, joy never stops being joy. Stay close, make sure there is nothing between you and your Savior, and your soul will survive the thunderclouds. Since this book focuses on joy, I though an acrostic might help us further think about joy in our own lives. J is for justification. That means God makes me "just as if I'd never sinned." Now there's a cause for joy! O is for ordinary. Ordinary people can experience joy. It is not just for the super shiny saints we see around the Christian scene. He wants everyone's soul to tap dance. Y is for young. Joy keeps our souls young. It doesn't matter how old we are in years, joy is the secret to happiness. When heaven comes down and invades our souls in the shape of Jesus, joy will not be denied. I remember sitting alone by a fire in a small cottage in England. My husband had just left for three month's work, and my dad had been diagnosed with cancer. Our daughter had fallen off a donkey and broken her arm, and I'd gotten the mumps from our kids. I was trying to feel sorry for myself, but I couldn't. There was far too much joy enlightening my heart. Jesus was there. he came near, and promised "never to leave me nor forsake me." Oh, joy! May you know Him in all His fullness of joy! EnJOY this book, Jill Briscoe For more information about Just Between Us resources, visit this page .
Jill Briscoe and her husband Stuart have worked together for over 40 years, and have three grown children and 13 grandchildren. A native of Liverpool, Jill is a prolific writer and author of The Deep Place where Nobody Goes, God's Front Door, Prayer that Works and Faith that Works and many other books. Jill serves on the board of directors of World Relief and of Christianity Today, and is a popular speaker at key Christian events around the world. Jill and Stuart live in Milawukee, Wisconsin. - Publisher.