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The Bible tells many stories of failure. But not all those stories end that way. Jesus’ crucifixion must have seemed like the ultimate failure to those who watched Him suffer on a cross and die. But His resurrection was the ultimate victory over sin for us all! We have a new life in Christ! Second Corinthians 5:17 says, Therefore if any person is [ingrafted] in Christ (the Messiah) he is a new creation (a new creature altogether); the old [previous moral and spiritual condition] has passed away. Behold, the fresh and new has come! And we can have a fresh start whenever we need one. This is especially good to remember when we make a mistake or fail in some way. We don’t have to beat ourselves up or wallow around in guilt because of a weakness. With the help of the Holy Spirit, we can always have a “do-over!” Just be patient with yourself, because new beginnings usually require a measure of determination and perseverance.

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Contents Learn how to shake off your past and begin again.

10 Don’t Hit the Panic Button By Joyce Meyer Don’t panic...it’s only a test! And you can pass it with these few tips.

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29 Seven Attitudes That Keep People in Bondage By Joyce Meyer Learn to adjust your mindset as you make way through your wilderness.

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starting over NOELIA HAD TURNED AWAY FROM GOD after having

had a close relationship with Him. She wanted Him back in her life, but was filled with self-condemnation. She shared with us how she fell on her knees one night, and in tears cried out, “God, I just don’t think you love me anymore. I just need to know that You love me!” Feeling compelled to read the Bible, she took a barely-used Bible off of a bookshelf. When she opened it, a small book fell to the floor. Stooping to pick it up, she discovered Joyce’s first book, Tell Them I Love Them. Just a loving reminder that you can always begin again!

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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 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.

LAURA MATHENY is a registered nurse and Medical Outreach Coordinator for Joyce Meyer Ministries, Hand of Hope World Missions. She grew up as a missionary kid in Kenya, Africa. She has led numerous medical/ dental outreach trips since coming to Hand of Hope in July, 2012.

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TV Schedule

For stations and program times in your area, check your local TV listing or visit www.joycemeyer.org/tvlistings. Watch the Enjoying Everyday Life broadcast anytime you like at www.joycemeyer.org.

DAILY BROADCAST PROGRAMS AIR DAILY, MONDAY - FRIDAY

March

MAR 2 — 8 TAKE THE CHALLENGE! EVERYDAY LIVING

Watch Monday and Tuesday, as Joyce shares about the importance of studying God’s Word and tips for more effective study. Wednesday in the studio, Joyce talks about the Celebration of Prayer. And on Thursday and Friday, learn about having a confident attitude.

EXCEPTIONAL LIVING

Join Joyce and John Mason Monday and Tuesday, as they discuss living with excellence and integrity. On Wednesday,* learn about partnership. Thursday, Joyce teaches about the connection between spirit, soul and body. Then Friday, watch as she shares about the 3030 Challenge.

LIVE A BALANCED LIFE

Monday, Rick Renner joins Joyce to discuss living a balanced life. Tuesday, learn how to take a faith-centered approach to problems. On Wednesday, Joyce answers questions about the 3030 Challenge, and Thursday, she talks about getting through your test. Friday,* Joyce talks about partnership.

MAR 24 – 28

THE FORGIVENESS TEST Learn some surprising truths that will make it easier to let go of your hurts and forgive.

MA R 16 — 22 WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO BELIEVE? Joyce shares her personal experiences, along with encouragement for restoration with a group of women at Mercy Ministries.

MA R 23 — 29 THE POWER OF WORDS

A NEW ATTITUDE

Want to know how to experience more peace, patience, gratitude and joy? Watch this week and learn how to develop attitudes that will help you live a more fulfilling and satisfying life.

Watch as Joyce shares six things to say on purpose.

MA R 30 — A PR 5 OVERCOMING FEAR WITH FAITH Joyce shares from her own experiences how God taught her to overcome the fear trap.

April MAR 31 – APR 4

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A PR 6 - 12 RELEASING GOD’S POWER

IT’S NEVER TOO LATE

Tune in Monday – Wednesday, as Joyce shares about how we can release more of God’s power in our lives and interrupt the enemy’s plan. Then on Thursday and Friday, watch as she teaches about integrity and commitment.

This week, Joyce teaches how, with God’s help, we can find hope and inspiration to make a fresh start.

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APR 14 – 18

FAITH & GRACE

Have questions about how faith works? Tune in Monday and Tuesday, as Joyce teaches about faith. Then Wednesday and Thursday, watch to hear about God’s amazing grace. And Friday, Priscilla Shirer shares the wonderful plan of salvation.

APR 21 – 25

HANDLING TEMPTATION

Temptation comes to all of us. Even Jesus was tempted. Watch this week, as Joyce shares strategies for staying one step ahead of the enemy and some of the tests we may encounter along the way.

APR 28 – MAY 2

PARTNERING WITH GOD When we do our part, God can do His part. Watch as Joyce shares about taking responsibility.

A PR 20 - 26 A NEW WAY OF LIVING Are you ready for a changed life? Watch as Priscilla Shirer shares the wonderful plan of salvation.

A PR 27 — MAY 3 STOLEN IDENTITY Tune in this week, as Joyce teaches about the importance of knowing who you are in Christ.

THE HOLY SPIRIT

Learning to be led by the Holy Spirit is something we can all use. This week, Joyce teaches about being more sensitive to the Holy Spirit. And on Wednesday, Reinhard Bonnke joins her to talk about the Holy Spirit.

Schedules are subject to change. *TBN will receive alternate programming.

FREE FIND NEW MESSAGES DAILY. ENJOYING EVERYDAY LIFE PODCASTS WWW.JOYCEMEYER.ORG/PODCASTS

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DEFEATING GIANTS

On Monday and Tuesday, Joyce teaches about getting past your past. And on Wednesday, watch as Joyce answers questions about beginning again. Then Thursday and Friday, she talks about defeating your “giants.”

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LEARN TO SHAKE OFF THE PAST AND CLAIM YOUR NEW BEGINNING BY JOYCE MEYER

When you think about all the people throughout the Scriptures whom God forgave, redeemed and used in mighty ways, can you doubt that He is able to do the same for you? Our God is the

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For me, it was the memory of sexual abuse I experienced as a child. For many years I was stuck in a place of anger and bitterness because of what happened to me. I had a big chip on my shoulder and wanted someone to pay for what had happened to me. I took my feelings out on everybody around me. Then I would feel guilty for the way I was, get on my knees and pray over and over again “Please forgive me, Lord.” Then finally one day I heard God way down in my spirit say, Joyce, I forgave you the first time you asked me. Now you have to forgive yourself and move on. I had to receive His free gift of grace so I could release my past, and little by little, move on from it.

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Have you ever noticed all the people throughout the Bible that God gave a fresh start? Moses was an old man before he had an encounter with a burning bush and was called by God to lead a nation. Then David, a humble shepherd boy, was anointed to be the king of Israel. Peter, the apostle who denied Christ, was forgiven and called to spend the rest of his life preaching and glorifying God. And Paul, who once persecuted God’s people, was transformed on the road to Damascus and ended up writing much of the New Testament.

God of “do overs,” second chances, fresh starts and new beginnings. And He doesn’t have any limit on how many you can have. But sometimes, we lose sight of what God can do because of something in the past that has us stuck, unable to move forward with the wonderful plans He so desperately wants to reveal to us.

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…And you will be given a new name by the Lord’s own mouth. Never again will you be called “The Forsaken City” or “The Desolate Land.” Your new name will be “The City of God’s Delight” and “The Bride of God,” for the Lord delights in you and will claim you as his bride. (Isaiah 62:2, 4 NLT)


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Maybe you’re stuck, frozen in a moment. It might be past abuse. It could be a personal failure of some kind or something completely beyond your control, like an illness or the death of a loved one. Perhaps you’ve been disappointed by an unmet expectation—nothing turned out the way you wanted it to. So you think, it’s over. It’s too late for me.

But it isn’t too late. It’s never too late to have a fresh start when you have life in Christ. Your past is not your destiny. If you refuse to give up hope, and allow the Holy Spirit to lead you out of your “stuck” place, not only will God restore what you had, He will make your life even better: And I will restore or replace for you the years that the locust has eaten—

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But you have to learn to take a step of faith. Just like Peter, you can’t walk on water if you won’t get out of the boat (see Matthew 14:28-29). It may be harder than you thought—and it may cost you something. But if you follow the Holy Spirit’s leading, it will produce good fruit in your life. Romans 6:13 (NLT) says, …Give yourselves completely to God, for you were dead, but now you have new life. So use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God. So often God leads but we don’t want to go where He’s leading. We must learn how to yield instead of being resistant—learn to surrender instead

When you fall down in life, you have to get back up, regroup and take another step. But no matter how many times you fall down, eventually you will get to where you need to be—if you will simply choose not to give up. Your new beginning is closer than you think. Just keep walking! And He Who is seated on the throne said, See! I make all things new. (Revelation 21:5)

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“For I know the plans I have for you… plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. (Jeremiah 29:11 NLT)

BABY STEPS OF FAITH Second Corinthians 5:17 says if anyone is in Christ they are a new creation. When you were born again, He gave you a new heart and a new way of living. But in the beginning, we are all like babies learning to walk. When babies take their first steps, they fall down many times. But they always get back up and try again. God is asking you to do the same thing.

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waiting for you. God’s Word promises,

No matter who you are or where you are, it’s NEVER too late for a fresh start.

Available April 8

You Can Begin Again

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of being stubborn. When you do, you will enjoy your life, even when things don’t turn out exactly the way you wanted them to. And if God asks you to give something up, understand that He’s not trying to take away something you like or want just to be mean. God always has your best interest at heart. Trust where He’s taking you.

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the hopping locust, the stripping locust, and the crawling locust, My great army which I sent among you. And you shall eat in plenty and be satisfied and praise the name of the Lord, your God, Who has dealt wondrously with you. And My people shall never be put to shame. (Joel 2:25-26)

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BY JOYCE MEYER

Trials reveal what we really believe and what’s really inside our hearts. They test us. And until we have to deal with a specific situation, we really don’t know what we would do. James 1:2 says we should “consider it wholly joyful” when we experience a trial or face a temptation. Verse three goes on to say that “the trial and proving of your faith bring out endurance and steadfastness and patience.” I remember the days when I would get upset and complain whenever things didn’t go my way. I had no peace and was emotionally unstable. When I was tested by trials, they brought out the jealousy, confusion and negative attitudes that were in my heart.

1. SEEK GOD’S STRENGTH DURING TIMES OF TEMPTATION. During hard times, we can be tempted to revert back to an old behavior, habit or addiction. For instance, I smoked for many years, and after I quit there was period of time when I would want a cigarette whenever I was upset or felt pressured by something. But I love what 1 Corinthians 10:13 says: During temptation, God will [always] provide the way out (the means of escape to a landing place), that you may be capable, strong and powerful to bear up under it patiently. When temptation comes, run to God! Ask Him to strengthen you in that area and help you to keep moving forward.

2. FOCUS ON THE POSITIVE AND THANK GOD FOR HIS GOODNESS. When times get tough, it’s easy to complain, be angry with God, or resent people who don’t have the same problems we have. However, these things will only keep us stuck where we are and affect our lives in a destructive way.

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Sometimes God allows us to go through difficulties in this life because it’s during those times that we grow in our faith and develop more of the character of Christ.

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The truth is we all go through hard times, and we can either trust God to help us deal with them or choose to give up. But if we give up, we won’t move forward in life and experience God’s best for us.

We can face our trials and tests with joy when we understand that it’s by going through them that we learn how to live in God’s peace, joy and wisdom—whatever our circumstances may be.

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Jesus tells us in John 16:33 that in this world we will have tribulation and trials. But He follows it up with good news! He says, Be of good cheer…I have overcome the world.

But through the years, as I’ve studied the Word and learned how to trust God, I have developed more of the qualities and character of Christ in my life. I’m still a work in progress, but now I’m much more patient—even in the difficult times. But it was the trials I went through that helped get me to this point.

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The antidote? Choose to praise God for the blessings in your life. Place your focus on Him and thank Him for His love and faithfulness. As you do, you will magnify the good…and push out the bad.

3. TRUST GOD WHEN YOU DON’T HAVE THE ANSWERS. At one time or another, all of us have probably thought, Why is this happening to me?! But instead of wondering why and feeling sorry for ourselves, we need to say, “Don’t panic…this is only a test!” Because here’s the truth: This too will pass, and we’ll get through it with more peace and stability if we’ll trust God to do what is best for us at the right time and in His way.

"WE CAN FACE OUR TRIALS WITH JOY WHEN WE UNDERSTAND THAT IT’S BY GOING THROUGH THEM THAT WE LEARN HOW TO LIVE IN GOD’S PEACE, JOY AND WISDOM.”

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Every test you go through, you’ll get a little closer to God. And on the other side of it, you’ll thank Him for using it to make you more like Christ.

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God loves you so much, and He has a great plan for your life. The next time you’re being tested, I encourage you to say, “God, I trust You. This is good for me! It doesn’t feel good, but I know You will work it out for my good.”

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If you’re anything like me, you’ve been tempted to make something happen on your own. Have you ever thought, I’m not going to put up with this anymore! I’m going to do something about this! But when we take matters into our own hands, we often delay or miss the blessing that God wants to give us. Instead, we need to be determined to trust God and wait on Him to work things out.

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Full Circle Hand of Hope’s Recent Medical Outreach Brought Me Back To A Place I Love BY LAURA MATHENY

Every year, Hand of Hope, Joyce Meyer Ministries World Missions conducts free medical/dental clinics around the world. And as one of their medical outreach coordinators, I’ve gotten a chance to travel far and wide…and watch God work miracles in the lives of people who desperately need help. But for me, this outreach was going to be special. You see, Nairobi is my home town. Well, actually, my family is from Louisiana. But from the time I was young, my parents—Don and Amy Matheny—have been independent missionaries in Kenya. In fact, about twenty-five years ago, they founded Nairobi Lighthouse Church. The oldest of six children, I returned to the United States when I was 18 to attend Bible school…then eventually nursing school. My heart’s desire was to someday come back to Nairobi with a skill and serve the people there like my parents have for so many years.

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For one week, we treated patients in Nairobi’s Huruma Slums. Each day, the number of people increased. As word spread, we began seeing patients who traveled from miles away in the countryside.

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When baby Anne arrived at the clinic, she was running a 104° fever and hadn’t eaten in days. Her mother was very scared. We immediately gave her medicine and fluids to lower her temperature, then administered a simple test which confirmed she had malaria. Left undetected,

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Baby Anne arrived just in time. little Anne likely would have died. But we caught it in time…and gave her lifesaving medication to fight the disease. No matter how many times I do this, I’m always amazed at how little it takes to save a life. So many in the slums can’t afford a doctor. And many times the local physicians don’t even have access to proper medications or testing devices.

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THE DAY WE MET BABY MOSES On the fourth day of this outreach, something happened that I will never forget… One of our first patients was a two-week-old Kenyan baby. A woman found him abandoned in a nearby field. She appropriately named him Moses…then brought him to us because she had run out of diapers and baby formula. Other than a slight eye infection, Moses was healthy and strong. The woman wanted to continue caring for him, so we connected her with a clinic in the area that will follow up on them. We also introduced her to an orphanage affiliated with Nairobi Lighthouse Church—just in case her situation becomes unmanageable. But Moses really struck a chord with me…

When David came home with us, he was only seven weeks old…and he’s been a part of our family ever since. After having five girls of their own, he was the boy my parents never had. He is truly my father’s African son. To me, David’s whole life is just a glimpse of the heart of God…that He cares enough to reach us wherever circumstances may take us. The day Moses came to the clinic, I ran out to find David and said, “You have got to see this!” David was so touched, and he immediately went out to buy Moses some diapers and formula…then sat and held him in his arms while he fed him. As his sister, it was such a precious moment. It was like stepping back in time and seeing David rescued all over again. That day we prayed for Moses and spoke blessings over his life. It is something I will always treasure.

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OVER 5,000 “SERVED” By the end of the week, our team treated 5,169 patients in all. We also had the chance to pray for thousands, with more than 265 people giving their lives to the Lord! And it goes far beyond the numbers… I’ll never forget the group of Somali refugees who came through the clinic. They were devout Muslims and very closed to the Gospel. One man, on his way out, leaned over and whispered to one of our volunteers, “I know who Joyce is…I watch her on TV.” I believe our acts of love—our serving these people—will have a greater effect than we ever realize. For me, my experience in Nairobi brought me full circle, back to the place where it all began. And this fall—in September—our medical teams will return to Kenya again. It’s a chance to reach even more people with the love of Christ. And it’s another chance for me to serve the people and the place I love so dearly.

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That day, my parents made a decision that would affect all of our lives forever. They accepted responsibility for the baby—the child who would eventually become my adopted brother, David.

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Moved with compassion, one of our doctors bought Maureen her very own glucometer. We also helped her make a connection with a local clinic where she’ll have access to insulin and the proper attention she so desperately needs.

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Eighteen years ago, a German family attended my parents’ church. They held in their arms a baby who was abandoned in these same Huruma, Nairobi slums. They loved and cared for him, but they were returning to Germany and, without the appropriate papers, they couldn’t take the child with them.

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HOW DO YOU SAY ENJOYING EVERYDAY LIFE IN THREE LANGUAGES? ENGLISH Enjoying Everyday Life \in-ˈjȯi, en-\ \ev-rē-ˌdā\ \ˈlīf\

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LUCY SEIDL LIVES IN Quito, Ecuador, it,” says Lucy. “That’s why I am happy to come to the United States for a conference. I want her where she works as a hairdresser. Her to know how God has freed me and healed me parents relocated there before the through her teachings.” start of World War II. And that explains why she’s fluent in both German and “I am a positive person now,” Lucy says, with a Spanish. But Lucy speaks English as kind smile and a loving tone of voice. well. She calls it her “spiritual language,” because she uses it mostly to “If you’ve never been in depression, you don’t learn and grow in God’s Word. know how awful it is,” she says candidly. “Every day goes by but you’re not really living; you’re just Recently, Lucy realized her dream of existing. Now I’ve come back to life. I feel rich.” attending a Joyce Meyer Ministries conference—and during her visit to For twenty years, Lucy didn’t know where to the United States, we had the chance turn for help. to meet her and discover how God’s Word helped her overcome twenty “I was an idealist and a perfectionist,” she says. years of depression. “When I approached forty, the dreams I had for my life didn’t turn out the way I expected “I’ll never get tired of listening to them to. I didn’t get married like so many young God’s Word the way Joyce explains

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“I got treatment from a psychiatrist and was on medication but I just remained the same. I had accepted Jesus and went to church. I knew I had God on my side. But I didn’t get what I needed for my mind until I heard Joyce’s teachings.” One evening, as Lucy flipped through the channels on her TV set, she came across a program called Enjoying Everyday Life. “I was so needy to hear any positive comment,” she says. “So I kept watching. The next day I checked to see if this lady would be on at the same time.” Day by day, God’s Word began to free Lucy from depression. “Joyce explained God’s Word in such a way that it gave me what I needed,” said Lucy, who challenged herself to think positively about her life, from the perspective of God’s Word. “It was

“If you’ve never been in depression, you don’t know how awful it is...You’re not really living; you’re just existing. Now I’ve come back to life. I feel rich.” marvelous when I realized I wan’t sad anymore. I wasn’t depressed anymore. The depression was leaving me! The monster was leaving!”

“God leads me,” she says. “When I see that a person is going through a hard time, I’ll say, ‘Here is a teaching series called Living Without Frustration.” I’ve found that when people need help, they are open [to God’s Word]. “As Joyce says, ‘Do your best and let God do the rest.’ He can open up their eyes to see the Truth.” Grateful for the ways God’s used this ministry in her life, Lucy says she’ll continue to buy Joyce’s books and teachings to give to her friends and customers. She also hopes to return to the United States to attend more conferences in the future. We hope she’ll have that opportunity as well. One thing is certain: God’s wonderful plan for her life will continue to unfold—and we’re excited to learn more about her incredible journey in Christ. We’re grateful for the incredible support of our friends and partners who help reach people like Lucy all over the world. Because of them, our TV and radio broadcasts have the potential to reach two-thirds of the world, in seventy unique languages… and counting.

Since Lucy started pressing past negative thoughts and feelings and believing the promises God had for her in His Word, she’s experienced a beautiful transformation in the spirit. “I used to be selfish, impatient and judgmental. ‘Oh, poor me,’ Like Joyce says with the robot story

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mike & becky undlin, Minnesota “I used to suffer from depression and that put a lot of pressure on my wife, Becky. God pulled me out of it through Joyce’s teachings and gave me a strong desire to pay it forward through partnership.”

“I’m a partner because Joyce’s teachings helped me put God first. Spending time with Him has impacted my career and my relationships. And it’s given me a heart to help people.”

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people in need by providing a life-saving meal…clean water to drink…or even a place of rescue. Our goal is to help as many hurting people as possible—and we’re grateful for every partner’s support. Think about the amount you can share—and make your first monthly donation today!

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“I started listening to Joyce’s cassette tapes twenty-five years ago and I’m still learning from her today. As a partner, I’m helping others discover who they are in Christ.”

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Throughout the year our medical and dental volunteers travel to some of the poorest areas of the world to provide much needed medical and dental care. Physicians, dentists, nurses, pharmacists and other medical professionals are needed. Not only will God bring healing through your willingness to serve, these trips are sure to be a blessing to you in return.

We hope you join us. For travel dates and more details, visit joycemeyer.org/ medicalmissions. You can also email us at medicalmissions@joycemeyer.org or call (800) 707-7877 ext 3218. *Schedule is subject to change. We will have a medical/dental team traveling around the globe each month in 2014, so please check with us periodically for more opportunities to serve.

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repent of his sins, and trust God’s unconditional love and forgiveness for every bad thing he had ever done, to receive Christ as his Savior. Yet, he seemed resistant.

His friends continued to be there for him, offering their support as much as they could. They prayed for Dave, asking God to bring him to salvation through Christ before his final breath. His father had been a preacher, so Dave knew the Gospel. When his friends encouraged him to turn to God now and make peace with his Maker, Dave assured them he knew what to do. He knew he needed to sincerely

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In spite of his reaction, he started thinking about what is really important in life.

The wonderful news is Dave did give his heart to Christ. The power of God’s love and grace penetrated his heart, and he was able to receive that love and be born again!

“Lord Jesus, thank You for giving Your life on the cross so I can confess my sin and be forgiven, cleansed and made whole through the sacrifice You made. I’m sorry for my sin…please forgive me. I want to be born again and live for You! I love You, Lord. Thank You for my salvation. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

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Maybe he felt so condemned by his past that the idea that God would give him a clean slate based on a simple prayer seemed too good to be true. Maybe the years of hurt and unforgiveness seemed too hard to let go.

If you’ve accepted Christ as your Savior, congratulations! As our gift to help you grow in your relationship with God, please visit joycemeyer.org/salvation to request a free copy of Joyce’s book A New Way of Living.

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And He said to them, Be careful what you are hearing. The measure [of thought and study] you give [to the truth you hear] will be the measure [of virtue and knowledge] that comes back to you…. —Mark 4:24

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or more than 35 years now I have been studying the Word and it has drastically changed my life. It’s been the key to radical transformation in my perspectives and attitudes, and God has healed and restored my spirit, soul and body through the power in His Word. Even now, I’m still continually amazed by all of the benefits we have access to in God’s Word. As a Bible teacher, my desire is to help people find the healing and restoration they need through salvation in Christ and a personal, intimate relationship with God. John 14:6 tells us Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life. So for us to become what He has created us to be and represent Him well in the world, we must mature in our faith by growing in our relationship with Him.

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The best way to develop your relationship with Jesus is through prayer and studying the Word. John 1:1 tells us that He is the Word, so if we love Jesus, then we will love God’s Word.

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easy access to God’s Word and lots of opportunity to attend church. But at times I wonder why there are so many in church, yet we aren’t seeing the influence of God’s love and power in the world like we should. Think about it: 12 disciples turned the world upside down as a result of following Jesus. Is the Church at large today turning the world to Christ? Now, I realize there are strong, mature Christians in the body of Christ today who are doing great things for God. But I believe there are many more who are struggling to mature in their faith and do what God is calling them to do. As I’ve prayed about this, I’ve come to a simple conclusion: If we don’t study God’s Word consistently and apply this truth to our lives, we will lack the power we need to mature in Christ and glorify God in the world. Many people are intimidated by the word “study,” but studying God’s Word is actually simple to do and it’s extremely valuable for us. It’s not something we have to do to stay on God’s good side, and we aren’t

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The 3030 Challenge I really want to encourage people and help them establish a daily habit of spending time with God and studying His Word. So here is my challenge: From March 1-30,

you can take the 3030 Challenge. The goal is this: Study the Word for 30 minutes a day for 30 days.

In this one verse, we see some amazing benefits we can get from the Word—life, power, energy, and revelation about our thoughts and motives. And there are so many more!

GETTING STARTED To get started, you need a Bible translation you can understand; I like the Amplified Bible, but you should pick whatever works best for you. Also, some good study tools include the Vine’s Dictionary, the Webster’s 1828 American Dictionary, a concordance and a commentary.

Give God your time and see what happens!

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These are just a few of the benefits we get from studying God’s Word.

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There is life in the Word! Hebrews 4:12 says, The Word that God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing, and effective]; it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the breath of life (soul) and [the immortal] spirit…[of the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart.

• The Bible is God’s love letter to us and our instruction book for life. • It reveals God’s thoughts and renews our mind so we have the mind of Christ. • It teaches us wisdom we can practically apply to our lives so we know how to handle every situation we face. • It’s a book of comfort that brings healing to our lives.

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Hebrews 11:6 says, Without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him (NKJV). Begin your journey in faith, trusting that God wants you to come to Him. He will give you His grace—His undeserved favor, power and blessing—to enable you to learn His Word and become all He created you to be. You can do it—take the challenge!

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If there’s a specific topic you want to learn about, you could focus on passages that cover the subject. For example, Hebrews 11 is all about faith and 1 Corinthians 13 teaches us about God’s love. Or you could go through the book of Proverbs, which has 31 chapters, and study the chapter that corresponds with each day of the month.

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• Approach the Word with reverence and make it a priority. The important thing is to work your schedule around God, rather than working God into your schedule. • You have the freedom to be flexible—first thing in the morning, lunchtime, during your commute to work, evening, before bedtime, etc. God will show you when to schedule your time if you’re struggling to figure it out. • Consider how you will apply what you learn to your life and the steps you will take to do it. • If you are struggling with something in your life, study scriptures that address the issue. • If something in particular struck a chord while you were studying, take time the next day to dig in to the topic more; a concordance is helpful for this. • Determine to be focused—if you are easily distracted, silence your phone and wait until you are finished to respond to emails and texts; jot down things on your to-do list if they come to mind so you can keep your focus. • Be serious about your commitment and stick with it. Consistency is key. Mark 4:24 says: The measure [of thought and study] you give [to the truth you hear] will be the measure [of virtue and knowledge] that comes back to you.

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Now, there are no “rules” you have to follow or a specific reading plan you need to accomplish. It’s good for you to determine what you will study during the 30 days so you won’t get frustrated with a lack of direction and feel like you don’t know what to do. But you have freedom to be led by the Holy Spirit in finding the approach that works best for you.

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This scripture shows us that the measure [of thought and study] that we give [to the truth {we} hear] will be the measure [of virtue and knowledge] that comes back to us. It’s simple, but we have to put some time and effort into the process if we are going to learn about who God is and get what we need from His Word. Preparation is key to successfully achieving a goal. The following questions will help you prepare to jump into the challenge with confidence that you can do it! 1. What time of day will you schedule for your 30 minutes of Bible study for the 30 days of the challenge? Consider this carefully because it’s important to be consistent and keep this time a top priority.

…Be careful what you are hearing. The measure [of thought and study] you give [to the truth you hear] will be the measure [of virtue and knowledge] that comes back to you—and more [besides] will be given to you who hear. —Mark 4:24

2. How will you get started? Is there a particular book of the Bible or topic you want to learn about…maybe an issue you’re struggling with, like unforgiveness, anger, selfishness, or sickness? Make a plan so you aren’t floundering and frustrated by lack of direction each day.

joycemeyer.org/3030challenge Sign up online today to take the 3030 Challenge March 1-30! JOYCE IS ISSUING A CHALLENGE: Study the Bible 30 minutes a day for 30 days and see how your life changes! When you sign up for the challenge, you’ll receive daily emails and have access to free resources that will encourage you

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3. What do you need from God right now? Consider how you can use your study time to pursue more of God and find the help, comfort, peace, provision or anything else you’re seeking today.

in your 30-day journey. You’ll also find additional scriptures, tips and words of encouragement on our Facebook page and Pinterest. Will you accept the challenge? facebook.com/joycemeyerministries pinterest.com/joycemeyermin

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tion, fear, despair or whatever their struggles in life may be. Perhaps you are battling one of these areas yourself.

On a regular basis, I meet Christians who are living no differently than the world. I’m not talking about their external actions—I’m talking about their internal attitudes.

It’s inevitable that we all go through seasons like this, but God never intended for us to stay there. The key here is to “go through.”

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When you begin to say what God says, your life will never be the same!

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Every part of my heart and soul wants to help you discover and walk in all that God has prepared for you. I long for you to enjoy your everyday life and even enjoy the seasons you are “going through.” So let me share with you a lifechanging sentence that can break any stronghold of defeat in your life…

This truth is so powerful. It’s time for Christians to start agreeing with God and stop agreeing with the world and our enemy, Satan. Find out what

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Dorothy, an 89-year-old arthritic and diabetic woman, lives in a nursing home in upstate Vermont. Just from hearing this much, you might assume that Dorothy is sad, lonely or in despair. But it’s quite the opposite! People are amazed at her happy and enthusiastic demeanor. Dorothy is the life of the party in every room she enters. When asked why she is so full of joy and life, she replied: “I’ve spent forty years learning God’s Word and singing His praises. Now, whenever I start to feel sorry for myself, I speak and sing Scripture and songs of praise. I’m not sure how my roommate likes it, but it always cheers me up!”

You may not be facing Dorothy’s situation, but you have circumstances that are unique to you. Every one of us has a story to tell. I won’t pretend to know your specific challenges, but I do know this… • God loves you. • He sees right where you are. • He has good things in store for you. • And He wants you to start speaking it! I urge you to get in agreement with what God is saying to you. Don’t listen to the lies of the enemy, and don’t buy into a negative worldly attitude. Make a decision to change your words…and change your life. Begin speaking God’s Word of freedom, health, wholeness, blessing and peace into your situation. As you do, you’ll begin to find things going in a whole new direction. We love and care about you,

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Do you see what is happening? Dorothy is saying what God says, and it is still changing her life at 89!

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If you’re dwelling on a painful past, decide to believe by faith, “I know God has good plans for me and something good is going to happen to me.” When you speak God’s Word over your circumstances, it unleashes His power and provision in your life.

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PLEASE MAKE THINGS EASY FOR ME Maybe you think it’s just too hard and you just can’t take it anymore. But you are stronger than you think! Don’t let the enemy convince you that you are helpless. God’s Word says, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13 NKJV). Look to Him to pull you up and give you strength to deal with whatever life throws at you.

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SOMEBODY ELSE NEEDS TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY

GRUMBLING, FAULT-FINDING AND COMPLAINING

Maybe because you’ve been hurt, you feel like it’s someone else’s job to get you out of the mess you’re in. I want to encourage you to stop looking to other people to fix your problems. Instead, say, “I’m a responsible person and I don’t expect anyone to do for me what God has empowered me to do for

Do you know what a “fault finder” is? It’s someone who ignores all the good qualities in people and looks for the one thing they don’t like. But in Philippians 2, Paul teaches that we are to have a humble, unselfish attitude that puts other people first. Instead of looking for what’s wrong or bad in people, learn to have a thankful

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The Israelites had a negative attitude about their future. They based all their expectations on what had happened in the past and what they saw in their present circumstances. They lacked a positive vision.

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myself.” And remember, God doesn’t expect you to do it all alone. Ask Him to help you. He will do it!

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attitude. Focus on God and all the good things He has done in your life.

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I SHOULDN’T HAVE TO WAIT Too often we get impatient with God. We want what we want, and we want it NOW. Learn how to wait on God. Trust Him to do things in His timing and be willing to pray, “Lord, if it’s not right for me, I don’t want it anyway.”

PEOPLE CAN TAKE A LOT OF THINGS AWAY FROM YOU, BUT NO ONE

We all spend more time waiting than doing anything else, so learn to wait well. Instead of saying, “I’ll be happy when…” why not be happy now? As you learn to wait patiently, you’re showing God you are mature enough to handle the things He wants to give you.

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In the book of Genesis, when God confronted Adam and Eve about eating the forbidden fruit, Adam blamed Eve. Eve blamed the devil. Nobody was willing to face the truth and say, “I made a big mistake…I take full responsibility.” God wants us to take responsibility for our mistakes and admit them. When we do that, we’re forgiven and we can move forward. So when you do something wrong, don’t shift the blame. Confess it, ask for forgiveness and move on.

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Self-pity is a big waste of time, doesn’t change anything and it just makes you miserable. Do you really want to go on being miserable? God wants to

give you beauty for your ashes, but first you have to surrender your ashes. The bottom line is, you can be pitiful or powerful, but you can’t be both. Why not choose to be powerful?

What Attitude Will You Choose? People can take a lot of things away from you, but no one can take away your good attitude. Even if you’re dealing with a lifetime of negative or destructive attitudes, it’s not too late to change. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, you can get there. It’s never too late as long as you let God be in charge of the process.

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Joyce Meyer Ministries - Enjoying Everyday Life March/April 2014  

The March/April 2014 issue of Enjoying Everyday Life by Joyce Meyer Ministries

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