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Contents Joyce shares some tips to help make your time in the Word more beneficial.

12 The Battle in Your Mind By Joyce Meyer Discover a key strategy for winning your good fight of faith — every time!

T V BROADCAST SCHE D U L E GOD'S WORD MA D E PE R SO N A L GOOD ST UF F AME RI CA AT I TS B EST MONEY MANAGE ME N T CONF E RE NCES 201 3 ACROSS T HE USA

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Together, Hand of Hope and Trinity Church are reaching Miami families with medical care, food and fun.

20 Finding Peace and Joy by Living the Simple Life By Joyce Meyer

THANK YOU! Every day our Partners help us Share Christ and Love People. Check out joycemeyer.org/annualreport to see how your generosity blesses others in need. To become a partner, see page 35 or the order form inside.

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Learn to follow your heart — not religious rules — into the presence of God.

Continued Outreach in Oklahoma The Oklahoma City area, part of a stretch of land called Tornado Alley, was ravaged by severe tornadoes last May. Thanks to the support of our friends and partners, Hand of Hope, Joyce Meyer Ministries World Missions was able to join with Church of the Harvest, Victory Church, Service International, Cooking for Christ, Gleaning for the World, and The 99 to respond immediately to the overwhelming devastation. In the first week alone, thousands of volunteers joined relief efforts, cleaning up debris, providing food and water, offering prayer, encouragement and sharing the love of Christ with those whose lives were turned upside down. Today, the people of Oklahoma are still working to recover, and we are committed to helping them as long as we possibly can. Make sure to check in on Facebook and at joycemeyer.org/disasterrelief for the most recent

TWEET! ON TWITTER MAY 26, 2013: @DavidLMeyer So proud of all @JoyceMeyer partners. W/out their help the people we have helped in OK this week would not be possible for @HandofHope. A FEW RESPONSES: Tom Van Noord So glad to be a partner, so glad you are there helping Samuel Asmah God bless y’all for the great work you’re doing out there truly loving people and sharing Jesus Cindy Holbrook Thank u so much for all the hope, help, love & healing u have brought to OK this past week :)

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All Bible references are from The Amplified Bible unless otherwise noted.

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JOYCE MEYER is one of the world’s leading practical Bible teachers and travels the country and the world conducting conferences. She has written nearly 100 inspirational books and her Enjoying Everyday Life® radio and television programs are broadcast all over the world.

DAVE MEYER is Joyce’s husband and Vice President of Joyce Meyer Ministries. His passion is to share about this country’s rich Christian heritage and motivate people to get involved by praying, learning about the issues, and taking action.

PRISCILLA SHIRER is co-founder of Going Beyond Ministries and conference speaker for secular and Christian audiences worldwide. She has authored numerous books and Bible studies, most recently, “The Resolution for Women.”

Enjoying Everyday Life® is published by Joyce Meyer Ministries, Inc.®, a nonprofit corp­oration, Fenton, MO USA © 2013 Joyce Meyer Ministries, Inc. Publications Agreement No. 41709522. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is prohibited. Enjoying Everyday Life has no subscription price and is supported through contributions worldwide. All gifts to this ministry are tax-deductible (in countries where this applies). Because all Enjoying Everyday Life issues are preplanned, we are unable to accept unsolicited manuscripts. For more information or to order, call locally (636) 349-0303 or toll-free (800) 727-9673. Internet address: www.joycemeyer.org Resource prices are in U.S. Funds unless otherwise noted. Enjoying Everyday Life is a registered trade­mark of Joyce Meyer Ministries, Inc. [J] is also a registered trademark of Joyce Meyer Ministries, Inc.

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That’s how we feel about you. And no matter how much we say it, words can’t really express how much we love and appreciate you. Your faithful commitment to join with us to help others is an encouragement and inspiration that honors God in so many ways.

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So thank you for being there, partnering with us. Your love and support help make our mission to share Christ and love people a reality every single day. We thank God for you, and we love you!

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Whether you’re a new Christian or have been following Christ for a while, it’s always good to strengthen the fundamentals of your faith. Joyce shares the importance of starting your day with God and what could be hindering your prayers.

Join Joyce for five days of teaching that will help you recognize, understand and embrace the intimacy you can have with God. On Friday, Joyce shares a special salvation message.

Discover how to overcome every fear in your life by exercising your faith on a daily basis. And on Friday, make sure you tune in if you need healing in any area of your life!

A CHRISTIAN IN TODAY’S SOCIETY

Do you ever feel like God is punishing you or simply doesn’t care about you anymore? Please tune in this week for four days of messages that will flood you with the truth of God’s love. On Wednesday, Joyce welcomes women’s conference speaker Priscilla Shirer.

This week Joyce will share how to grow closer to God by seeking His will, allowing Him to have full control of your heart, fully understanding God’s grace and living with the confidence only He can give.

WEEKLY BROADCAST

This week Joyce shares how to understand the truth of God’s Word and follow the leading of the Holy Spirit—no matter what others are saying or doing. And on Thursday, Joyce welcomes Andy Stanley.

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Often we feel like we need to have “it” all together, but God just asks us to take one step at a time. If we’ll keep moving forward, He’ll get us to where we need to be. During the third week hear the inspiring testimony of Danny Cahill, season 8 winner of The Biggest Loser.

Joyce and Steven Arterburn discuss hard-hitting topics like pornography, addiction and depression.

AU G 1 8 — 31 PEACE Join Joyce for two weeks as she digs deeper into the peace we can have in life through our relationship with Christ.

Schedules are subject to change.

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These Treasures of Mine WHAT A CHILD’S ENCOUNTER WITH THE TOOTH FAIRY REVEALS ABOUT OUR GODLY INHERITANCE

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For weeks we’d been telling him stories of a mysterious tooth fairy who would visit him once he had something to put under his pillow. So he dashed to bed earlier than usual that night, meticulously placing the tooth in its position beneath his head. Every few seconds, he’d peer underneath the pillow to see if anything miraculous was happening. Finally, he dozed off and fell asleep.

My jaw dropped. When I was growing up, twenty-five cents was the exchange rate for a lost tooth! I shot Jerry a halfperplexed, half-irritated look while simultaneously calculating how broke we’d be if we continued giving such an extraordinary sum for every tooth our children lost each year. My husband knew what I was thinking. He’d expected my reaction when he first tucked that gift underneath our son’s pillow in the wee hours of the night. He grinned mischievously and said, “Remember, Jackson’s fifth birthday last month—and all those family members who came over to celebrate?”

It was 3 a.m. when the 6’3”, 250-pound “tooth fairy” I sleep beside every night made his way up the stairs and into our son’s room. He gently exchanged the tooth with a surprise and came back to bed.

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The next morning, a glimmer of sun awakened Jackson through the partially open drapes in his room. From downstairs we could hear the frantic thudding of an excited boy who’d just discovered treasure. Then he scampered down the stairs to show me his loot. In one hand he held gummy bears, in the other, a crisp five-dollar bill.

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My son Jackson opened his palm to reveal the tiny white baby tooth he had finally wiggled free from his mouth. He’d been working on it for months. Now he had the snaggle-toothed, fiveyear-old grin to prove it.

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“Most of the cards they gave him had five-dollar bills inside that we tucked inside a drawer in the kitchen. Well, last night I took out one of those bills and put it under his pillow!”

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“Leave it to Paul to remind us that the treasure we’ve been looking for we’ve actually possessed all along— given by God’s Spirit at the moment of our salvation.�

I smiled and laughed at the realization: Jackson had gotten all excited about treasure that was actually already his. In the same way, the apostle Paul longed for the believers from the church at Ephesus to realize the treasure that was already theirs.

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And now you Gentiles have also heard the truth, the Good News that God saves you. And when you believed in Christ, he identified you as his own by giving you the Holy Spirit, whom he promised long ago. The Spirit is God’s guarantee that he will give us the inheritance he promised and that he has purchased us to be his own people. (Ephesians 1:13-14 NLT) Leave it to Paul to remind us that the treasure we’ve been looking for we’ve actually possessed all along—given by God’s Spirit at the moment of our salvation. In these carefully crafted verses, he opens the spiritual drawer in which God has tucked the vast treasure of His love. Among His gifts: • Redemption through His blood • Forgiveness of sins • The riches of grace • Wisdom and insight • The hope of His calling • The riches of His glory • The surpassing greatness of His power “I pray for you constantly,â€? Paul wrote in Ephesians 1:16-17, “asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom and insight so that you might grow in your knowledge of God.â€? (NLT) The wealth of our inheritance is the foundation and framework for each aspect of our daily lives. Yet we can have a tendency to stow it in a spiritual nook, forgetting its whereabouts and searching for our identities in relationships, activities, and endeavors that were never meant to satisfy our souls. A new identity. Divine power. Everything you need you already have. If only you’ll open the drawer, take it out and live according to your true value—every single day for the rest of your life.

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Joyce interviews guest speaker Priscilla Shirer on the Enjoying Everyday Life television broadcast airing on September 4. Check local TV listings for stations and times, or visit joycemeyer.org/tvlistings.

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STRENGTHENING THE FUNDAMENTALS

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“The Bible says we are soldiers in the army of God. But a lot of times people are trying to be a five-star general when they haven’t even gone through boot camp yet. We need to be spiritually fit by getting back to the basics of the Christian life.”

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ver the years, I’ve had many people ask me for the key to having a successful life. And my answer is always the same—The Bible.

Jesus says in John 6:63 that His words are Spirit and life. As we read and study the Bible, God transforms who we are and gives us the desire and ability to be more like Him. Simply put, God’s Word is Truth, and it’s the Truth that sets us free! (See John 8:32.) When it comes to studying the Bible, I believe there’s a common misconception that it’s too complicated or boring. But it doesn’t have to be that way. God never intended for us to feel like our time with Him is a project or an obligation. In fact, it’s just the opposite—He intends for time in His Word to be simple, enjoyable and full of life. If you’re like me, it might help to check your motives. I used to feel like I was doing God a favor by reading the Bible. If I read my three chapters a day or spent enough time studying, I imagined myself getting a checkmark in Heaven for my progress.

THE BIBLE 101 How Studying the Bible Can Be Simple, Fun and Fulfilling

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It’s important to remember that studying or reading for a longer duration has nothing to do with how much God loves us or approves of us. When God helped me to finally understand that I was reading the Bible for me and not for Him, it brought tremendous freedom!

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Where to Begin First, I recommend using a Bible translation that you can understand. Many people use The New King James Version and the New International Version because they are simple and straightforward. Personally, I use the Amplified Bible because it takes the original Greek and Hebrew text and expounds on it in a way that I can better understand. However, the key is using something that works for you. Second, try not to get caught up in how much time you are spending. I think some good advice is to just start somewhere. So many people never read or study the Word because they think they

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“DON’T ALLOW YOURSELF TO DO NOTHING SIMPLY BECAUSE YOU CAN’T DO A LOT. START SMALL AND GO FROM THERE.”

Sometimes we are defeated because we try to begin where we should be finishing, or we try to do what someone else is doing. The truth is that God will meet you where you are right now. As you take a step of faith, He will give you the grace and strength you need!

A SPIRITUAL PRESCRIPTION I’ve also found it helpful to read and study the Bible with a specific need in mind. For instance, if I’m having a hard time forgiving someone and letting go of anger, then I will look up all of the scriptures I can find on those subjects and allow God’s Word to help me walk through it. Today, Bible software packages and online search tools have made studying the Bible easier than ever. We can instantly find scriptures on any topic. In this case, I could individually enter in the words “anger” and “forgiveness” to find any related verses.

Some of this might sound funny, but the results were life-changing! Studying these scriptures slowly began changing me and my perception of God. Little by little, I gained a revelation concerning His love that continues to impact my relationship with Him. Today, I can truly say that I am addicted to God’s Word—it has become a necessity that I require every day. Perhaps you are at a point in your life where you are ready to begin studying the Bible. If so, I want to encourage you to take a moment right now and ask God to help you get started.

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Remember, don’t allow yourself to do nothing simply because you can’t do a lot. If you want to form a habit of reading and studying God’s Word, then start small and go from there.

For instance, several years ago I began seeking God for a greater understanding of His love. For one entire year, I read and meditated on scriptures about love. I even wrote them all down on paper, one by one. To this day, I can remember saying, “God loves me,” over and over as I drove down the road in my car. Many mornings I would look at myself in the mirror and declare the same thing.

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Begin by taking even just fifteen minutes a day. If you’re reading the Bible for the first time, I encourage you to read the Gospel of John or spend some time reading through the Book of Psalms. These books are easy to read and full of God’s messages of love and encouragement.

As we read scriptures over and over and allow them to really sink into our hearts, they have the power to change us from the inside out and bring supernatural healing in our lives. Proverbs 4:22 says that God’s Word literally brings life and health to our entire being!

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or those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. (Romans 8:5 NKJV)

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Romans 8:5 teaches us that if we set our minds on the things of the flesh, we will walk in the flesh; but if we set our minds on the things of the Spirit, we will walk in the Spirit. Let me put it another way: If we think fleshly thoughts, wrong thoughts, negative thoughts—we cannot walk in the Spirit. Renewed, God-like thinking is a vital necessity to a successful Christian life. ∑

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∑ There are times when we will be lazy about something if we don’t realize how important it is to pay attention to it. But, when we realize it can cause great problems if we ignore it, then we take action.

ing regular, quality time with God. Once I learned this, I gave it priority in my life. In the same way, once I realized that right thinking is vital to victorious living, I got more serious about thinking about what I was thinking about, and choosing my thoughts carefully.

Let’s say, for example, the bank calls and tells you that your account is overdrawn by eight hundred and fifty dollars. to understand that your life will not get straightened You immediately look for out until you get your mind straightened out. the problem. Perhaps in your search you discover that you failed to make a deposit you thought you had made. You rush to the bank right away with the deposit so you won’t have any further problems.

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We need to have the same sense of urgency about renewing our minds as we would about fixing a problem with our bank account. If your life is in a state of chaos because of years of wrong thinking, it’s vitally important to understand that your life will not get straightened out until you get your mind straightened out. Get serious about tearing down the strongholds Satan has built in your mind.

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A Vital Necessity For the believer, right thinking is a vital necessity. A vital necessity is something that’s so important, you can’t live without it — like a heartbeat or blood pressure are vital for physical health.

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The Lord impressed this truth on me years ago concerning personal fellowship with Him in prayer and the Word. I was having a terrible time disciplining myself to do these things until He showed me that they are a vital necessity. Just as my physical life is dependent upon my vital signs, so my spiritual life is dependent upon spend-

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OUR SPIRITUAL WEAPONS Because our battle with the enemy begins in our thoughts, God has given us powerful spiritual weapons with which we can protect ourselves. Our most powerful weapon is His Word. We can pray the Word, speak the Word, sing the Word and study the Word. Even Jesus used the weapon of the Word in the wilderness to defeat the devil (See Luke 4:1-3). Each time the devil lied to Him, Jesus responded with, “It is written...” and quoted him the Word.

Win the battle in your mind

Two other spiritual weapons available to us are prayer and praise. Prayer enables us to draw close to God and be completely open with Him. Prayer is fellowship, friendship, and an opportunity to express gratitude for all He is and does. If you want to have an effective prayer life, develop a good personal relationship with the Father. Know that He loves you, that He is full of mercy and grace. Get to know His Son Jesus, who loves you so much He died for you. He is with you all the time. Let Him help you. And when you praise Him, praise Him from your heart.

think in our hearts is what we will become. I frequently say, “Where the mind goes, the man follows.” The Bible also says a tree is known by its fruit. The same is true in our lives. Thoughts bear fruit. Think good thoughts, and the fruit in your life will be good. Think bad thoughts, and the fruit in your life will be bad. Whatever the condition of your life right now, I want to encourage you to keep moving forward in your relationship with God. The key is to never give up! As you spend time with Him in prayer and reading the Word, you will renew your mind and experience more of the victorious life we can have in Christ. He is working on you; at least, He is if you have invited Him to influence your thoughts. Just keep cooperating with Him—and don’t give up! Adapted from Battlefield of the Mind (Faith Words) by Joyce Meyer, ©2011. All rights reserved.

Based on Joyce’s best-selling book Battlefield of the Mind, this action plan features all-new teachings to help you understand the enemy’s strategy to break down your defenses and steal your joy. A personal application workbook is packed with thoughtprovoking questions, scripture lookups and journaling exercises to help renew your mind in the empowering Truths of God.

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According to Zechariah 4:6, we accomplish what we need to do not by might, nor by power, but by [His] Spirit (AMP). So the best way we can be empowered is by asking God for a lot of help—and asking often. You can’t overcome your situation by determination alone. You need to be determined, but determined in the Holy Spirit, not in the effort of your own flesh. The Holy Spirit is your Helper—seek His help. Lean on Him—not on your own strength and understanding.

Check out Season 3 of Joyce’s Boot Camp. You can watch videos, read articles and even get free downloads that will help in your spiritual fitness journey.

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The enemy relentlessly seeks to build strongholds in our minds— false beliefs masquerading as truth. His assaults start early with the critical words of a parent, a teacher, or even other children. We often internalize other people’s assessments, which can follow us through life influencing our behavior and shaping the way we see ourselves, other people—and even how we see God. Do you struggle with a negative self-image or other self-limiting beliefs? If so, what are they and what early or past experiences may have planted them in your mind?

Sometimes we think obsessively about everything from injustices at work to slights from friends and family members. What particular negative thoughts have created obstacles in your life and relationships?

How do such thoughts and attitudes harm your relationship with God?

Your thoughts become your words and attitudes. Where the mind goes, the man follows.

Read: Philippians 4:6; Luke 6:37; 11:4; Colossians 3:13 How can you overcome anger and resentment toward people who’ve hurt you?

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Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

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Read: Isaiah 65:17; Ezekiel 18:31; 2 Timothy 1:7; Romans 12:2 God’s Word states that you do not have to be defined by things you’ve done in the past—or things that may have been done to you. You are a new creation through Christ’s sacrifice and the Holy Spirit living inside you. But inner transformation is a process. What does God need from you to complete that process?

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Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. —ROMANS 12:2

According to these verses, why is it so important to be vigilant about what you allow into your mind?

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HOPE JAM For days leading up to the Hope Jam event, our eyes were on the weather. It was one of the coldest weekends on record and rain was almost a definite. Trinity Church had been working diligently for months. And even though gray clouds kept rolling in several days

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Thanks to your support, we were able to provide so much more than a day of fun for these families. People without insurance were able to see doctors and dentists for the first time in a very long time. Children were able to receive a new pair of glasses for free. People encountered the love of Christ and many prayed with volunteers to accept Him into their lives—some were even baptized at the event. Everyone enjoyed a hot meal and every family went home with a large bag of groceries.

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This past March Hand of Hope, Joyce Meyer Ministries World Missions partnered with Trinity Church in Miami Gardens, Florida, to provide a fun-filled day complete with entertainment, medical and dental care, food and more. In an area where the income per capita is just below $17,000 a year, a simple bag of food, a free health screening, dental cleaning and haircut, plus a safe, family-friendly day of fun can mean all the difference.

When the big day arrived and the event began, the weather hadn’t changed much. But that didn’t stop the 500 volunteers or the 2,500 attendees from making this day one they would never forget. As thousands enjoyed the event, the sun slowly began to peek from behind the clouds and it turned into a bright sunny day.

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before, and a constant chill filled the air, volunteers were determined to transform their parking lot into an event that would reach thousands in the community.

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Triage area Mary, who is 16, says she’s always felt a love for God, but seems to always get off track. She didn’t want to come to the event but decided at the last minute to go with her grandma. While visiting the medical area, she met one of the volunteers who saw through her brokenness and prayed with her as she recommitted her life to Christ. “I feel so renewed and refreshed. I’m so glad I came.”

Church “If you feel like life has thrown you under the bus, you’ve got to decide to start driving the bus and take hold of what God has for you. There’s not one person who can’t have what God wants for them to have…there’s nothing Jesus won’t set you free from.”

Medical/ dental van Jennifer is 20 years old and wants to become a nurse. Not only was she able to get a free checkup at this medical van, seeing the volunteer doctors reaffirmed her desire to help others.

-Joyce spoke at two services on Sunday at Trinity. She encouraged people to keep pressing on in life. Many even accepted Christ for the very first time.

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Barber Tent “This is a huge sacrifice as a barber because Saturday is my biggest day in the shop. But this is all for Jesus! It’s worth it!”

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Playground Hand of Hope was able to provide a permanent playground structure for Trinity. This will ensure that many children for years to come have a safe place to play.

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joy from our lives. And if we’re too religious, we won’t be able to be led by the Holy Spirit and enjoy an intimate relationship with Him.

In the world we live in today, it’s easy to get to this point. And I’ve discovered that many times, we feel this way because we’re not free to be who God created us to be and do what He’s calling us to do.

In my relationship with God, I’ve learned that if I follow a “formula” for how I spend my time with Him, then I’m just accomplishing a checklist of things I feel obligated to do to please Him.

Traditions are a common part of our lives. They can be good, and not all traditions are wrong, but sometimes they can take the joy out of life. Traditions can be defined as manmade rituals or ceremonies or a way of doing a certain thing; they are done repeatedly over a long period of time and are handed down from generation to generation. The problem occurs when we feel obligated to do them to be right with God or other people. In Matthew 15:6 (AMP), Jesus said to the Pharisees, “For the sake of your traditions (the rules handed down by your forefathers), you have set aside the Word of God [depriving it of force and authority and making it of no effect].” Now, I think it’s interesting to note here that while God gave Moses the 10 Commandments, by this time, religious people had taken those 10 and turned them into 2,000 rules and regulations. No wonder we need to hear about grace! What we need to understand is that when traditions become laws, rules, obligations and expectations others put on us that we don’t want to fulfill, they lose real meaning and steal the

free to be led by the Holy Spirit—in every part of our lives. Because if we’re not led by the Holy Spirit, we’ll get sucked into what I call the “system” of doing what we think we are supposed to do based on people’s expectations and requirements. In the process, we won’t do what God has put in our hearts to do.

In the world, life is complicated. But I want to encourage you to seek the Lord with all of your heart, and do what He’s calling you to do. Enjoy your relationship with Him and discover more about who you are in Christ. You will have peace and joy as you are simply led by the Holy Spirit.

In my relationship with God, I’ve learned that if I follow a “formula” for how I spend my time with Him, then I’m just accomplishing a checklist of things I feel obligated to do to please Him. This makes my spiritual life more about doing what I need to do to fulfi ll an obligation than something meaningful. I remember a time when God spoke to my heart and told me not to do anything for Him out of obligation. See, whatever we do during our daily time with God, it needs to mean something to us; otherwise we are being legalistic, and there is no life in religious traditions that we do based on obligation or what others expect.

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When I follow my heart, I’m not praying or reading the Bible to keep God happy with me—I’m doing it because I love spending time with Him and it has meaning for me. Sometimes I just sit still and enjoy God’s presence. Other times I will intercede for someone or read a particular book that’s on my heart. Once while I was exercising, I listened to a good message and spent time praying. My time with God is meaningful when my heart is in it. And I want to do whatever will lead me into the presence of God.

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Many people feel so pressured by the expectations of others that it causes them to be frustrated, miserable and confused about what they should do. But there is a way to live a simple, joy-filled, peaceful life, and the key is learning how to be led by the Holy Spirit, not the traditions or expectations of man.

our heart. Second Corinthians 3:6 says, The code [of the Law] kills, but the [Holy] Spirit makes alive. In other words, the letter of the law (or legalism) ministers death to us, but the Spirit makes us alive!

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Who doesn’t enjoy eating? I love to eat. I love to cook. I love to serve food to my family and friends as often as I can. Years ago I felt prompted by the Lord to enhance the way I express hospitality toward others, and that by doing so, it would open doors to minister the Gospel and influence lives. Now years later I’ve seen incredible ministry moments come to pass in my life many times over food. On a recent trip with Hand of Hope, Joyce Meyer Ministries World Missions, I was overwhelmingly blessed to see how food was transforming lives on a much larger scale.

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A Vast Land With Simple Needs We traveled to The Republic of Indonesia, a single country comprised of multiple islands over a large area. If you were to measure from the far western edge, to the far eastern edge of all the islands, it would be wider than the United States of America. Our goal was to see Hand of Hope’s impact in Indonesia through their ongoing feeding programs. While the ministry currently operates 13 different centers that feed over 2,000 children throughout all of Indonesia, we specifically targeted centers in Bali, found on the eastern edge of the country, as well as the capital city of Jakarta. I spent my time in Bali at two different feeding center locations, where I observed more than 150 children who are fed there each week—one center in a dumpsite community called Suwong and the other in a nearby area called Pulau Roti. Hand of Hope began partnering in both locations over five years ago, with a local pastor named Eko Johnny, who witnessed how poverty was causing so many children to lack practical, everyday basics—needs as simple as a healthy, life-sustaining meal.

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They began feeding Ayu and many others like her as often as they could. However, at that time they didn’t have the necessary support to consistently meet the overwhelming need. Today, through the help of Hand of Hope, that is a different story.

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Life Transformation Is Underway In each of the feeding centers: Suwong, Pulau Roti and Pondok Kasih, there is now a steady and continuous supply of food, made possible because of the support of the friends and partners of Joyce Meyer Ministries. It demonstrated again, how something as simple as “daily bread” has a wonderful purpose. For each child who receives a meal, it showed me that another smile is created — ­ another life is saved. But it doesn’t stop there. Providing food and care opens the door for something even greater — the ability to share the Gospel with the children and their families. Pulau Roti Feeding Center, Bali

Miles Away The Need Is The Same In Jakarta, the nation’s capital city that has a population of over 28 million people, another Hand of Hope feeding center is transforming children and families on a daily basis.

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In each feeding location, workers lead the children in singing joyful worship songs about Jesus, share Bible stories, and pray with the children for needs in their lives. David Meyer, CEO of Hand of Hope, sums it up best: “It’s vital to establish a groundwork of care and love in the lives of the people of Indonesia. As we do this, beyond just giving care and providing hope, we gain their trust, and they come to us and ask us why we would do this. That is an open door for us to tell them about Jesus.” My experiences in Indonesia reinforced the reality to me that food is more than just a meal. It’s a key that unlocks a door to bringing influence in the hearts of those with extreme needs. Every time we feed another child, we are given access into their lives to share the greatest message they will ever hear. So in knowing this, let’s pray the same prayer Jesus did:“Give us this day our daily bread.” Jon Essen traveled to Indonesia with Joyce Meyer Ministries to report on Hand of Hope outreaches there.

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“I stepped out of my box and drove to St. Louis for the 2012 Love Life Women’s Conference. I brought my mom, who stood and accepted Jesus as her Savior. AMAZING! Joyce, you turned me around and put me back in my Bible. I now have renewed hope for things I had given up on. RESTORATION is mine. God is working all the time.”

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We can’t wait to see their faces! Hand of Hope staff and volunteers are traveling to the Dominican Republic August 3-10, for a five-day medical/dental outreach. God’s heart is for people to be comforted, healed and set free. Help us cover the team in prayer as they minister to the needs of the people. Follow us and catch all the latest at facebook.com/handofhope.

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Let’s begin by looking at what the First Amendment actually says: “Congress shall make no laws respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”

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Contrary to what many believe, the phrase “separation of church and state” never even appears in the First Amendment. However, with these five words as the standard, the courts have now declared many American customs and traditions unconstitutional.

In short, they were afraid the language in the amendment wasn’t strong enough. Specifically, there was concern about the establishment of a national church, such as the Church of England. Along with several other Christian

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In the last fifty years, there have been few issues of law more hotly contested or misunderstood than the First Amendment. What began as a safeguard for religious freedom is now being used to remove the Christian faith from the public arena. Forbidding prayer at a school assembly or preventing crosses from being displayed at a roadside memorial are just a couple examples.

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…Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between man and his God; that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship… I contemplate with solemn reverence that the act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should “make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,” thus building a wall of separation between Church and State…I shall see with sincere satisfaction the progress of those sentiments which tend to restore to man all his natural rights…. 1 Now, the use of the term “natural rights” here is extremely important. While this term doesn’t mean much to us now, it spoke volumes to the people in that day. “Natural rights” was understood to include everything God has promised within His Holy Scriptures. Therefore, the Danbury Baptists were assured by Jefferson that freedom of religion was an inalienable God-given right and above federal jurisdiction.

story of God’s influence in the lives and decisions of our Founding Fathers. But Thomas Jefferson’s understanding of the Source for America’s inalienable rights was absolute. In fact, He later wrote: And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure if we have lost the only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath?2 Jefferson believed that God was the Author and Source of our rights—not the government. His desire was for our government not to interfere with those rights. The “wall” in the Danbury letter was not to restrict religious displays in public. Instead, it was to minimize the power of the government to prohibit or interfere with religious expression. Some now want us to believe that Jefferson meant something different and they attempt to distort his original intent. And if they are left unchallenged, our nation will one day be unrecognizable. That is why learning America’s true heritage is so extremely vital. It is the foundation that allows us to take action and counter those who want to rewrite history. It’s not too late. There are those who want to forget what really happened. But with God’s help, we can rediscover the genuine history of our nation before it simply becomes another distant memory. (1) David Barton, Original Intent, (Aledo, Texas: Wallbuilder Press, 2008) pp. 51-52. (2) Ibid., p. 52.

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Partners with a Heart for Change

Dear Dave & Joyce,

In the spring of 1998, I heard you were going to have a conference in Indianapolis and I was determined to be there. So on Friday, July 10, I

We have been partners for over 14 years and have attended many conferences across the country. And God has used us to bless many others with hundreds of your books and resources. We have given away more than 200 copies of your book Battlefield of the Mind. God is using you both to change the world. I just want to say thank you. In Christ,

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On December 24, 1998, we were married. Since then, God has used us and taken us to places we would have never thought possible. I have listened to over 12,000 hours of your teachings going on 15 years now and I won’t quit either.

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From that day on I would pull over at a rest stop and take notes while you were teaching. Then I would look up in my Bible to make sure you were teaching the truth of God’s Word. You were, and I started to grow and change.

My wife, Linda, and I began dating around that time. I shared my notes and your teachings with her and she began to grow in the Lord. Then when we heard you were coming to Nashville, we decided to go together and that decision changed our lives.

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One morning while driving my semi truck, I heard you on WFIA Louisville, Kentucky. You were talking about living boldly without fear and God grabbed my attention.

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MY HUSBAND, Dave, has always been smart with money. It’s not that he has any special training in that area. Mainly it’s because he is a very patient man.

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Now I want to share with you a few more principles that have helped us stay financially stable. They are simple but very powerful when put into practice. Number One: Work. You’ve got to do a good day’s work for a good day’s pay. Titus 2:9 says, [Tell] bond servants to be submissive to their masters…. In other words, tell employees to be submissive to their bosses. Do a good job. Don’t have a bad attitude. Don’t take little things home with

you like pens and paper clips and act like it doesn’t matter. God wants to bless you, but you have to work and you have to work honestly. Number Two: Give. Give even when it doesn’t feel good. The Bible specifically tells us to give to the poor. Deuteronomy 15:7-10 says, If there is among you a poor man…you shall give to him freely without begrudging it; because of this the Lord will bless you in all your work and in all you undertake. Number Three: Save. Just as we set aside our tithe, we are to set aside money for savings. I don’t care if you have to start with fifty cents a week. Start small and believe God for more. The Bible says that Joseph stored up enough grain during times of plenty to last through seven years of famine. Because of his careful planning, he was able to take care of his family and a lot of other people as well. Number Four: Spend responsibly. We are not to hoard our blessings. If you already have plenty in your storehouse, don’t be afraid to do something with it. Dave and I believe that when you apply these principles, the power of what you’re doing will expand your borders.

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That’s when the merry-go-round got started. Dad was a stock broker, so I decided to carry on his legacy. And better yet, I was good at it. Before I knew it, I was making a lot of money and climbing the ladder. My goals to be powerful and wealthy were more than just within reach…they were coming to pass.

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The question was, Why wasn’t I happy? Deep down, I felt like there was a greater purpose…but what was it? I switched jobs, but that wasn’t the answer. I finally quit my job as a major bank officer and enrolled in medical school. Surely, I thought, This will satisfy my passion to help others. It didn’t. After a year of medical school, I felt a greater emptiness than ever. This time, I didn’t turn to another job or occupation—I turned to alcohol and drugs. The next two years were my attempt to escape all of the emptiness inside. Each day I was drunk by 3 p.m. Along with loneliness and depression, my substance abuse was destroying the wonderful life God had planned for me. Bad turned into worse, and I was eventually evicted from my apartment and forced to move back in with my mom.

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My goals to be powerful and wealthy were more than just within reach—they were coming to pass. The question was, Why wasn’t I happy?

Then, in 2011, I came across Joyce Meyer’s website and noticed there was a position open for a food pantry coordinator at the St. Louis Dream Center, their urban church and outreach center in Missouri. It was similar to work I had done while volunteering at a church in Nashville, Tennessee. So I applied. Three weeks later, a representative from the ministry called me for an interview. Things just clicked from the beginning. We talked at length, and a few days later, they offered me the position. I accepted…and for the first time in my life, I was truly excited about a new job. Even better, my wife also accepted a position at Joyce Meyer Ministries, and we would be moving to St. Louis together. A Perfect Fit My first day at the Dream Center was “trial by fire,” and I loved it—I had prayed for a position that would challenge me. That day we managed to distribute three semi-truck loads of food to more than 1,200 families! It was exhilarating, and that experience confirmed that I was in the right place. As the weeks went by, I began taking tremendous satisfaction in organizing food outreaches. God was using my administrative gifts in a whole new way, and the results were something I could see for myself—changed lives.

For years I had longed to satisfy my passion for helping others. Now, by reaching out to others through this ministry, I have found true fulfillment. No amount of money or prestige could ever fill the emptiness. But God is merciful. Even at my lowest point, He never gave up on His good plan for my life. Today, God has expanded my sphere of influence and I currently oversee the entire food ministry at the St. Louis Dream Center. This includes the soup kitchen, the food pantry, the afterschool feeding program—everything. We are able to feed thousands of people every single week. It’s an honor, a privilege, and a tremendous responsibility. Best of all, I am finally where I belong. It is here, serving others, that I discovered God’s true purpose for my life. Jeremy Pickens oversees the food ministries and other related outreaches for the St. Louis Dream Center.

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Being on the front lines of ministry— “in the trenches”—was new to me, and I thrived on the interaction. Simply greeting the people…or sitting down with them and sharing God’s love has brought tremendous meaning to my life.

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volunteer for an upcoming medical/dental trip! Contact us at: joycemeyer.org/ medicalmissions (800) 707-7877 ext. 3218

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IN 2012, our volunteer medical and dental missions teams traveled to 11 nations providing free care to some of the poorest people in the world. In what could only be orchestrated by God Himself, it seemed our teams were always in exactly the right place at the right time. So many people came for care, they simply wouldn’t have if you weren’t providing these opportunities. And for many, that care was the difference between life and death. These are just a few… CURUA, BRAZIL — A 2-year-old boy arrived at our clinic in severe respiratory distress. He was unconscious, pale and struggling to breathe. The team was able to care for him all day by administering life-saving medication. By the end of the day he was breathing freely and back to his normal self. PURSAT, CAMBODIA — A 24-year-old young woman came to our dental clinic with a

severely infected abscess. The abscess had grown into a cyst and over the past year deteriorated into a hole on the inside of her pallet. Our dentist was able to drain the infection and provide antibiotics that literally saved her life. COFFEE BAY, SOUTH AFRICA — A young man arrived at our clinic with a massive infection in his body. He needed immediate care and attention, so our volunteers gave him an antibiotic injection and transferred him to a nearby hospital. Before the drive to the hospital, he prayed with our volunteers and gave his heart to the Lord! Thank you so much for making these and so many other moments possible. If you are a medical/dental professional, we would love for you to join us on an upcoming outreach and experience more moments like these firsthand!

See more life-changing moments that made 2012 so special at JOYCEMEYER.ORG/ANNUALREPORT

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Share the Gospel

Feed the Hungry

Rescue Victims of Human Trafficking

Give Orphans a Home

Help Hurting People

Rebuild Lives

Our partners bring God’s love to people in 54 countries by providing for their nutritional, medical and spiritual needs.

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“Jesus has changed my life through Joyce’s ministry. And when I partner with her each month, God takes the little bit I send and creates

a powerful witness around the world. He touches people I would never encounter in my everyday life.

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GIVE FROM YOUR HEART. Help change lives through partnership. joycemeyer.org/partnership (800) 727-9673 / CANADA (800) 868-1002

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