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STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART DEAR FRIENDS, Proverbs 4:23 tells us to guard our heart ...for it determines the course of your life (NLT). Think about that. Whatever’s in our heart is eventually going to show up in everyday life. That alone makes it extremely important to monitor the things we allow to shape it. A large part of this involves learning how to control our thoughts, our words, our disposition and our general outlook. What we think usually comes out in what we say. What we say affects how we feel, and that shows up in our overall attitude. So, we need to be practical and purposeful in this process, working at it consistently to develop discipline and self-control when it comes to our mind, mouth, moods and attitude.
We’ll be talking a lot more about this in the following pages (as well as at our upcoming 2010 Love Life Women’s Convention; see pages 16 & 17 for details). We’ll also share some practical wisdom and insight on moving along in the process. It’s so important to learn this, because what’s going on inside us will ultimately determine how we deal with what goes on around us every day. And let’s not forget to enjoy the progress we make. Celebrate victories along the way. Don’t get distracted by obstacles, but look at them as challenges and opportunities. Above all, be patient with yourself...growing takes time.
Because in the course of everyday life, this will determine how we
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12 WHAT’S THE CONDITION OF YOUR HEART? BY JOYCE MEYER
What would you do if you were told you had a bad heart? Well, in a way you do. That’s why Joyce wants to tell you how to improve, maintain and guard your heart.
20 TWO MILLION AND COUNTING HAND OF HOPE—Joyce Meyer Ministries World Missions
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24 THE ART OR SCIENCE OF COMMUNICATION BY DR. CAROLINE LEAF
“You complete me,” is more than just a line from a movie. When we understand how—and why—God made men and women so different, communication improves dramatically.
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WHAT ATTITUDE CAN & CAN’T DO FOR YOU BLACK
BY DR. JOHN C. MAXWELL
Motivational speakers often say, “Attitude is everything.” While there’s no doubt about the power of a positive outlook, attitude alone doesn’t make miracles happen. It can’t substitute for a lack of knowledge or experience, it can’t reverse a dire financial situation, and it can’t guarantee any long-term success.
In this article, I’ll share with you what attitude alone cannot accomplish, then balance things out by explaining the sensational upside of a great attitude.
What Your Attitude Cannot Do for You Your Attitude Cannot Substitute for Competence or Experience.
In the past, I have made the mistake of hiring for attitude and discounting ability. I thought that positive people would eventually find a way to get the job done—even if they didn’t have the perfect resume. Unfortunately, there’s no substitute for talent. An attitude of confidence cannot replace competence. 6 | E N J O Y I N G E V E R Y D AY L I F E
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Likewise, without experience, an idealist’s wave of enthusiasm will crash on the shores of reality. Certain leadership positions—due to their scope of responsibility— demand the kind of wisdom that is learned only through experience.
• Hurting people hurt people and are easily hurt by them. Our negative experiences and emotional baggage color our perception of others’ actions. Normal interactions can cause us pain even when another person did nothing to inflict pain.
Your Attitude Cannot Change the Facts.
• We can lift people up or take them down in our relationships. People possess a mindset of either lifting or limiting others.
What Your Attitude Can Do for You While a great attitude may not be “everything,” it’s certainly a plus. Here are a few reasons why you should push yourself to be positive.
Your Attitude Makes a Difference in Your Approach to Life. Our performance tends to mirror the expectations we have of ourselves—and the expectations we allow others to put on us. In fact, professional athletes are encouraged to visualize themselves performing well before they even compete. I encourage you to flood your mind with thoughts that will lead you to succeed.
Your Attitude Makes a Difference in Your Relationships with People. Many factors come into play when working with people, but what makes or breaks interpersonal skills is a person’s attitude. In my book Winning with People I describe twenty-five principles anyone can use to get better at working with others. Here are some examples:
Your Attitude Makes a Difference in How You Face Challenges. Your attitude is the paint brush of your mind. It colors your world with dark negativity—or brilliant optimism. Demosthenes, perhaps the greatest orator of ancient Greece, had a speech impediment. He overcame it by reciting verses with pebbles in his mouth and speaking over the roar of the waves at the seashore. Composer Ludwig van Beethoven wrote his greatest symphonic masterpieces after he became deaf. And John Bunyan wrote Pilgrim’s Progress while in prison. Adopting a positive attitude might not change “the facts” of your circumstances, but your circumstances shouldn’t stop you from pursuing the great things God has planned for your life.
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• Each person we meet has the potential to teach us something. People in possession of a teachable attitude can learn from everyone they meet. On the contrary, someone who assumes others have nothing to offer will walk away from relationships empty-handed.
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Attitude fills us with hope that we might reach our dreams. But hope apart from action falls flat. In the words of musician Bruce Springsteen, “A time comes when you need to stop waiting for the man you want to become and start being the man you want to be.” Never stop dreaming, but also never stop growing if you expect your dreams to come true.
Your Attitude Cannot Substitute for Personal Growth.
“Attitude fills us with hope that we might reach our dreams. But hope apart from action falls flat.”
As John Adams said, “Facts are stubborn things.” They may be painful to accept, but they cannot be ignored. Attitude alone cannot change a person’s health or financial situation, or save struggling relationships. Inevitably, some kind of action is required to bring about change.
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BOOKSHELF? Of all the books Joyce has studied over the years, these are the two that have had the most influence on her.
by Andrew Murray
Humility is a subject most Christians have heard about—the Bible talks about it a lot—but it is still hard for us to grasp. Many consider this work by Andrew Murray to be the best book on humility ever written. As you read, you’ll begin to understand how Christians can make an impression on the lost and how pride keeps us from fully living out the example Jesus gave us.
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“This book reminds us how important it is to stay dependent on God and avoid a spirit of pride.” — Joyce
The Pursuit of God
by A.W. Tozer
Even while alive, A.W. Tozer was known as “a twentieth-century prophet.” He wrote more than forty books. Many are considered classic, faith building mustreads for Christians of all ages. The Pursuit of God still impacts people today with its simple message on how to draw closer to Christ. Prepare to be challenged. “This book gave me a real thirst for seeking God for who He is and not what He does for us.” — Joyce NOTE: These books are not available through Joyce Meyer Ministries. However, they are available wherever books are sold.
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It was no surprise that people avoided Milt. In a crowded, busy restaurant, Milt was known to pull his shirt out of his slacks, unzip his trousers, and show off his abdominal scars from various surgical procedures. No matter how a conversation with him started, he eventually ended it with one or more of his many tales of “rare and unusual diseases” he had experienced.
After nearly two decades of diligent effort to convince the bureaucrats associated with disabilities that he really was “dying” of emphysema, Milt finally won his case. He was absolutely delighted over the fact the government had affirmed his state of chronic sickness, and he rarely stopped talking about it.
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HEALTH MATTERS | Is “distortional thinking” Holding you back? I encountered Milt shortly after I began my medical practice, and frankly, he puzzled me. I had never before encountered someone who didn’t seem to want to get well. I did not know the phrase distortional thinking at that time, but in retrospect, he defi nitely suffered from that condition. I’ve discovered that a third to half of all my patients with chronic diseases, who don’t seem to want to get well, have distorted thinking about their ailments. Their identities seem clouded by toxic emotions that arise from a warped and broken belief system.
What Is Distortional Thinking? Psychological literature sometimes calls distortional thinking psychological reversal—a condition in which the patient says he wants to get well, but subconsciously he does not. Doctors have known for some time that some people have self-defeating natures. They resist treatment in a variety of ways. They forget to take their prescribed medications or refuse to take them because they “don’t like the aftertaste.” They insist they are not responding to treatment even when their symptoms improve. They may stop a particular program of treatment just when it seems to be working for them.
I Am My Disease
Some individuals grow up with a disease or they have experienced the illness for such a long period of time that they form their personal identity around it. In individuals such as these, illness becomes a way of life. Milt did not see himself as Milt. He saw himself as Emphysema Milt.
If I suspect that a patient has distortional thinking, I encourage that person to write in a journal all the ways in which her thinking may have become distorted or selfsabotaging. I ask her to write identifying statements for herself after monitoring the way she refers to herself and talks about herself. My advice is this: Listen to yourself. Any time you hear yourself applying a label to yourself, such as “stupid”—or any other type of distortional thinking—write it down.
“Milt did not see himself as Milt, he saw himself as emphysema Milt.” Then, go back through your journal entries and write next to each distorted thought a verse or short passage from the Bible that addresses that perception.
Transforming Truths Straight from God Let me share a few verses from the Bible that I believe have great transforming power when it comes to distortional thinking. One or more of these verses might be just the right one to help you overcome a particular distorted thought: • I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13). • Thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ (2 Corinthians 2:14). • My God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19).
This is not the way God intended us to live.
Negative Life Beliefs
Examine Your Automatic Thoughts
When we are stressed, depressed, angry, anxious, or feeling guilty, we become more prone to misinterpreting events and to thinking in a distorted way. One distorted thought tends to lead to another and before long, we are trapped in a downward spiral. We begin voicing negative statements such as:
• Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths (Proverbs 3:5,6). My book Deadly Emotions has additional information on this topic, including the ten most common negative beliefs that hold people back and some additional techniques to help you overcome distortional thinking. This article was developed from information in Dr. Colbert’s book “Deadly Emotions” (2003).
• “Nothing ever goes right for me.”
This article is not intended to provide medical advice or take the place of medical advice and treatment from your personal physician. Readers are advised to consult your own doctors or other qualified health professionals regarding the treatment of your medical problems. Neither the publisher nor the author takes any responsibility for any possible consequences from any treatment, action or application of medicine, supplement, herb or preparation to any person regarding or following the information in this article.
• “I just can’t do anything right.”
• “Everything I touch fails.”
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You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
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By Joyce Meyer
What if I told you that I just found out I have a heart condition… What would your reaction be? Most likely, you would respond with gasps of “Oh no!” You would probably feel sorry for me. But the truth is, I do have a heart condition…and so do you. Everyone reading this article has a heart condition of some sort. And the quicker you can detect a wrong heart condition and get it straightened out, the better off you are. The longer we leave wrong things in our heart unattended, the deeper they are rooted and the harder they are to deal with. your neighbor will guard your heart, your pastor will guard your heart. It says you need to guard your heart.
You don’t know what somebody may say to you that may hurt you. Suddenly, there’s a wound in there that needs to be dealt with. You don’t know when somebody’s going to disappoint you or betray you or let you down. You just don’t know, so you have to constantly be working with the Holy Spirit to keep your heart right.
So how do we do that? The answer is in God’s Word.
There’s nothing more important than your inner life (what’s in your heart). One of the biggest revelations I’ve received from God is that my real life is the life that’s in me. Life is not your circumstances. Life is not the kind of house you live in or the kind of job you have or how much money you have in the bank. You can have all of that and still be miserable.
How to Guard Your Heart 101 Proverbs 4:23 says, Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life (NLT). Notice that it doesn’t say somebody else will guard your heart. It doesn’t say God will guard your heart, I will guard your heart,
The things you allow into your heart form your thoughts and attitudes and shape the deepest part of your being. No matter what your circumstances are (the outside), if your heart (the inside) is right, you’re going to be okay. You can have great circumstances and a stinky heart and you’re still going to be miserable. We need to pay more attention to what’s going on in us.
It’s a responsibility that each one of us must take. Please understand that you are in charge of guarding your own heart—and it’s pretty much a full-time job because we don’t know on any given day what’s going to come up.
The Most Important Thing
I get a physical exam once a year and they always check my heart. As Christians, we need to check our hearts a lot more often. Because many times, Christians can go through the motions and keep doing the “Christian thing,” yet, something has crept in their heart and it’s hurting them and hurting other people.
Give Your Heart a Checkup
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“I want you to understand this: Every time you feel like doing the wrong thing and you choose to do the right thing, you are growing—and God is smiling.” There’s nothing wrong with enjoying the better things of life. God wants to bless us. But that’s not your real life. Your real life is the life that’s in you. It’s amazing how happy you can be in the middle of the lousiest circumstances, and how peaceful you can be in the middle of all the turmoil that’s going on in the world today, if you know how to keep your heart in the right condition.
Matthew 5:8 says, Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God (NIV). I love that! Do you want to hear from God? Keep your heart pure. Do you want to know God’s secrets? Keep your heart pure. First Peter 3:3,4 tells us how important the inner man is to God: Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight (NIV).
your basement or attic. Once you turn on the lights and start looking around in there, don’t be surprised to find some things you didn’t expect.
What Did Jesus Teach About the Heart? Jesus said some pretty strong things about the heart. He said if you see a woman and lust after her, then you have already committed adultery as far as your heart is concerned. Lust has a tremendous effect on the heart, which is why we all must guard our heart and keep the lust out. Look at what lust is doing to all the people today who sit and look at the pornography that’s so easily available all over the Internet—it’s pathetic how destructive it is to people’s lives. Another fiery dart the devil tries to shoot into our heart is hate. The Bible says if you hate your brother, it’s no different than if you murdered him. We must “raise our shield” to keep our heart pure (see Genesis 15:1).
Think about how much time you spend on your appearance—getting your hair ready and picking out your clothes, putting on makeup and various other things women and men do to make themselves look better… then, surely you can spend some time checking your heart, right?
I have found that if I can capture my thoughts for God early in the morning, through prayer and meditating on Scripture, then it’s easier to protect my heart than if I wait until the afternoon, when I’ve already let the enemy use it as a garbage dump for awhile and then try to get a handle on it.
Taking time to check your heart is similar to taking the time to clean out
You must be proactive to keep your heart pure.
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Hereʼs the Bottom Line If you want to be a victorious Christian, guard your heart—even when you don’t feel like it. In fact, you don’t get to do what you feel like anymore. Actually, your feelings don’t even get to vote.
That’s victory. And that’s what you get when you guard your heart.
Guard Your Heart –Synergy Edition will help you discover how you can become an effective guardian of your soul. In the process, you’ll find the victorious life God planned for you. Start today!
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I want you to understand this: Every time you feel like doing the wrong thing and you choose to do the right thing, you are growing—and God is smiling.
Absolutely! Do you ever ask yourself, “Why did I do that?” or “Why did I say that?” Because whatever is stored in your heart eventually comes out through your attitudes, the words you use, and your behaviors.
So, you develop self-control. You keep your commitments, you keep your word, you do what you know God wants you to do. And every time you feel like doing the wrong thing— choose to do the right thing.
DOES IT REALLY MATTER WHAT’S IN YOUR HEART?
I’m not saying that you ignore your feelings. We need to take care of our emotions. I believe that people make a mistake in denying their emotions. I tell God how I feel. But then I also tell God what I will do through His strength and power.
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Port-au-Prince to pick up people who are now living on the streets, bring them to Letant (about an hour drive) to get the food, and then after they received the food, take them back to their tents in Port-au-Prince.
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As the line continued to grow, volunteers began unloading the trucks. Creating an assembly line inside the church, the men threw the thirty-three-pound boxes and stacked them against the wall. When one slipped, the men laughed and quickly put the box back together. All of these men were here to receive food as well.
Pregnant and Homeless
BY KACIE CAMPBELL
It was hot. Really hot. But the people standing in this food distribution line didn’t care. You see, many of the people we talked to on the Joyce Meyer Ministries trip to Haiti, hadn’t had a full meal since the earthquake… It had been forty-five days.
Serving the Hardest Hit Areas of Port-au-Prince Hand of Hope, Joyce Meyer Ministries World Missions, in partnership with Love A Child, Inc., supports the shipment of 270,000 meals each month for distribution in Haiti. Usually, the residents of Letant and three nearby villages receive food from the distribution. But because of the earthquake, the homeless from ten of the hardest hit areas in Port-au-Prince would receive food as well.
Then it was time. The lines got tighter as people edged toward the front door. Several men from Love A Child started to let people in one at a time. Nadine was among the first few who came through. After making it through the door, Nadine got her finger stamped (this was to keep the distribution organized and ensure everyone received a box of food), took a box from the stack, placed it carefully on her head to carry, and then made her way immediately out the back door toward the buses.
Eleven trucks traveled throughout the previous night to ensure the food arrived safely at the distribution point—a small church in Letant. Love A Child also sent buses into
Standing at the front of the line, Nadine was guaranteed to receive food. You couldn’t miss the fact that she was pregnant—her belly was sticking out from underneath her bright pink shirt. At only nineteen, Nadine and her husband were only a month away from having their second child, and like more than a million others in Haiti, were living in a tent in Port-au-Prince.
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Providing Food for a Month Nadine’s box contained enough food to feed her family for an entire month. Each of the thirty-six packets would provide six nutritious meals, consisting of rice, soy protein, and dehydrated carrots and potatoes. To prepare the meals, Nadine would simply add the contents of the packet to six cups of boiling water and cook over low heat for twenty minutes. Even before the earthquake, Haiti was enduring a food crisis. That’s why we began supporting the shipments of these meals before the earthquake, and why we’re going to continue to support feeding in Haiti.
When we left the feeding distribution, the line seemed longer than when we first arrived. The lines were neat and orderly, but the people were so compressed it would have been impossible to squeeze through. And it was hot. Really hot. But they would wait, hoping to be the ones to receive the food their family needs to survive. Thanks to you, 1,700 families did. And with your continued support, many more will as well. Hand of Hope is the missions arm of Joyce Meyer Ministries. Our goal is simply to help as many hurting people as we possibly can, to alleviate human suffering and to help Christians grow in their faith.
T, TA N HAIT E L
Through your support of Joyce Meyer Ministries, you’re ensuring that Haitians—just like Nadine—receive the vital nutrients they need to make it through this difficult time.
rebuild homes for those who lost their homes in the earthquake. We are going to need your help as we continue to reach the nation of Haiti with the love of Jesus Christ,” said David L. Meyer, CEO of Hand of Hope, Joyce Meyer Ministries World Missions.
Whatʼs Next for Haiti?
“We know that Haiti has a long road to recovery and through the support of our friends and partners, we are planning and researching the best ways to help them down that road. We are partnering with Love A Child to
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BY KACIE CAMPBELL
Could shampoo, soap and a book really make that big of a difference? This June, our prison team reached an important milestone passing out those very items. On a trip to the Harare Central Prison in Harare, Zimbabwe, our prison team delivered the 2 millionth hygiene gift bag—which includes personal care items, one of Joyce’s books and an encouraging letter. Since 1998, prison teams from Hand of Hope, Joyce Meyer Ministries World Missions have been visiting prisoners across the United States and around the world, sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ and distributing these hygiene gift bags.
What has since become a worldwide outreach, our prison ministry started
In December 1998, volunteers from Joyce’s staff and local churches worked tirelessly to assemble 25,000 gift bags in time for the scheduled deliveries. For the very first time, they would be allowed to enter the premises of every prison in Missouri, and personally hand each inmate an early Christmas gift.
The One Million Mark In December 2004, Joyce visited the Farmington Correctional Facility in Farmington, Missouri. On that day, she presented Winston Redmond,
an eleven-year inmate, with the 1 millionth hygiene gift bag. Inside that bag was Joyce’s most popular book, Battlefield of the Mind. With a wide smile, Winston received the gift. “Battlefield of the Mind—yeah, that’s where all my battles start,” he said.
Reaching the Last Frontier From those first deliveries twelve years ago, the prison outreach has grown rapidly. In fact, on a trip to Alaska in December 2007, the prison team achieved something no one would have expected after that first trip in 1998. After many years of praying for the doors to open in Alaska, our team was finally granted permission and visited eight state prisons. It was on that trip that something truly momentous
It All Started with One Bag
with one ambitious goal: Let’s reach every prison in Missouri. “When our son David first went to get permission, the prison system told him, ‘Nobody has ever done that—you can’t do that.’ But he was determined and prayed for God’s favor. Then, sure enough, he got permission to do it,” shared Joyce.
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“All I can say is thank you, thank you to our friends and partners,” said Roy Lormis, Prison Ministry Supervisor. “Many of the prisoners we meet will never again walk
happened—the prison outreach had reached every state prison in the United States.
Reaching More Than Thirty Countries
the streets as free individuals, but because of your support, they are being introduced to Jesus and they can be free on the inside.”
Throughout the years, teams have visited more than 2,300 prisons in thirty-two countries worldwide. Not only have prisoners received these gift bags, more than 90,000 have prayed to accept Christ into their lives—a far greater gift than anything we could give. Hebrews 13:3 tells you to remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoners…. Through your support of Joyce Meyer Ministries, Hand of Hope outreaches like the prison ministry, you’re doing just that. You’ve helped us reach 2 million prisoners with the love of Christ through a practical gift of a hygiene gift bag and through the message shared at each prison.
Hand of Hope is the missions arm of Joyce Meyer Ministries. Our goal is simply to help as many hurting people as we possibly can, to alleviate human suffering and to help Christians grow in their faith.
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In many prisons, you’re also giving inmates the opportunity to grow in their relationship with Christ through Joyce’s Enjoying Everyday Life broadcast. Joyce’s books fill many prison libraries and they are able to receive a free copy of the Enjoying Everyday Life magazine. Our Correspondence Department is also reaching prisoners with letters of encouragement when they write for prayer and help.
Be Faithful in Every Thought How to Become a Positive Person BY JOYCE MEYER
I should think this way more often!
For as he thinks in his heart, so is he... —Proverbs 23:7 This one scripture shows us how important it is to think healthy, positive thoughts about ourselves.
Once I realized my thought life was so closely linked to my destiny, I got a lot more serious about changing my thoughts. And I now choose them very carefully. You cannot love life if you’re always thinking negative thoughts. If you struggle with negative thinking, I encourage you to make up your mind to work toward changing your way of thinking. I’ve found the best way to become a positive thinker is to ask God for a lot of help—and to ask for it often.
Slow Progress Is Solid Progress Deuteronomy 7:22 says, And the Lord your God will clear out those nations before you, little by little; you may not consume them quickly, lest the beasts of the field increase among you. I believe pride is the “beast” that will consume us if we receive too much freedom too quickly, and that it’s actually better to be set free in one area at a time.
I should just give up...
We need to smell the roses…to really appreciate our freedom as we receive it.
God will work this out for good...
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Philippians 1:6 says, God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns (NLT). Sometimes we go through a difficult period of waiting to stretch our faith and learn patience. But God’s timing is perfect. He is never late. And He will keep His promise to bring us into completion.
Owning Up to Your Own State of Mind The hardest part of being set free from negativism is facing the truth and saying, “I’m a negative person and I want to change.” If you really want to, you can overcome it because according to the Bible, you’re a new person in Christ (see 2 Corinthians 5:17). Many people are afraid to hope because they’ve been hurt so much in life. Their philosophy is this: If I don’t expect anything good to happen, I won’t be disappointed if it doesn’t.
And when I really began to study the Word and to trust God to restore me, I realized my negativism had to go. We need to practice being positive in all kinds of situations. If you’re going through a difficult time in life, expect that God will work things out for your good. Even positive thinkers deal with disappointing situations. The difference is that they have learned to enjoy life no matter what happens.
Anticipate Obstacles to Positive Thinking As Christians, we need to learn to fight for our thoughts, because our minds don’t automatically come into agreement with God’s plans. I can look back at my life and remember thinking, I’m probably never going to be in worldwide ministry—I probably just made that up because I wanted it to happen. It probably wasn’t God’s will at all. It was a lie all the time.
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…. Basically, God’s telling us that the more time we spend meditating on His Word, the more we will reap from it. He even promises we’ll receive gifts of virtue and knowledge. I encourage you to spend time examining His Word and comparing it to your thought life. Give God time to help you put your thoughts in line with His. He showed me how to be a more positive person, and He’ll show you how to be one too.
Learn more about the battlefield of the mind on the Enjoying Everyday Life television broadcast August 23-27. Check your TV listing for stations and program times in your area or visit www.joycemeyer.org/tvlistings.
Nearly every deliverance God has brought me to has come about by believing and confessing His Word. I recommend that you not only purposely think right thoughts, but that you go the extra mile and speak them out loud as personal confessions of faith.
I had a conflict with my father and by the time I finished half the book, I was already equipped to forgive him. Thanks, Joyce. —Jules T., CANADA
My copy of Battlefield is making its way around the office and some have even ordered copies for their family members. Praise God! —Catherine H., NEW JERSEY
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That’s how I used to think. I had encountered so many disappointments in my life that I was afraid to believe anything good might happen.
“Even positive thinkers deal with disappointing situations. The difference is that they have learned to enjoy life no matter what happens.”
Because our progress is slow, the devil will try to tell us we’re not making any progress at all. He’s hoping we’ll give up. But God’s Word is here to encourage us.
or science of communication
God designed men and women’s differences to complement each other — even in communication
BY DR. CAROLINE LEAF
“My husband never wants to talk. He keeps everything inside.”
“My wife is like a powder keg. I have to walk on eggshells around her or she’ll explode.” “He just doesn’t get it!”
“I’ll never understand women!”
Sound familiar? Communication between the sexes and all of the challenges it creates have been the source of relationship conflicts, the butt of late-night television jokes and the lifeline for marriage counselors forever. Well, maybe not forever. It just seems that way.
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God did this so we could complement – or complete – one another. God gave men and women strengths and weaknesses in different areas so they could balance each other. This balance enables couples to have unity of purpose and empowers men and women, husbands and wives, to achieve goals together, like building a marriage, raising a family or creating and sustaining a business. The differences between men and women are good, a cause for celebration, not frustration. While men and women share 99 percent of the same genetic makeup
And this can lead to communication between a husband and wife being out of sync: Jack says this, and Jill hears that . . . Jill thinks he’s being insensitive; Jack thinks he’s being practical. Men and women are different, and there are obviously differences between men and men and women and women too! We’re all created unique and special, but through scientific research we can identify trends that will help us understand each other better. At the end of a typical day, couples have one of their most frequent miscommunications as they wind down from the whirlwind of the day’s activities in different ways. Most men idle down by NOT talking at all, and most women idle down by talking it ALL out. It’s the perfect recipe for a communication derailment: he’s not listening and she can’t stop talking.
SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER DR. CAROLINE LEAF joycemeyer.org/lovelife
Also, watch Dr. Leaf on Enjoying Everyday Life August 23 & 24.
C A R O L I N E L E A F, P h D is a recognized author and speaker, and has researched the science of thought since 1985. She has published numerous articles in academic journals and is frequently interviewed for articles and broadcast programs as an expert. She and her husband, Mac, and their four children live in Dallas, Texas. www.drleaf.net
God Designed Us Differently for a Reason The brains of men and women, husbands and wives, are designed to complement and complete. We need each other. The brain’s hypothalamus, the chemical factory where thoughts, feelings and emotions are interpreted, is larger in the female brain than the male. This helps a woman stay more in touch with her feelings and emotions than a man, which, when overworked, can result in more stress, worry and anxiety. All the while, men keep the chemicals supporting the emotions under control for the most part and may, therefore, not appear as emotional. But they are most certainly emotional—just in a different way. God designed this system of checks and balances so men can help women cope and better control their emotions, and so women can help men get in touch with their feelings and the feelings of those around them. Most communication problems can be boiled down to a very simple cause: self-centeredness. Our human tendency is to do what’s best for us, regardless of how it affects anyone else, and when we, whether male or female, focus only on helping ourselves, we end up hurting each other. But when we express Christ’s love toward one another, we can reprogram our thinking to communicate love with heartfelt, sincere, loving words, and through comforting and life-affirming physical touch.
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Our all-knowing, omniscient God had the divine foresight to place different strengths and neurological characteristics in different areas in our brains.
Brain imagery demonstrates that men and women process emotions and thoughts, intellectualize, reason and solve problems in different ways in the brain. They achieve the same results, making decisions, learning and loving, but the process runs through different routes and circuits in the brain.
God created man in his own image, in the image of God . . . male and female he created them (Genesis 1:27 NIV), and the Creator placed the power, intellect and beauty of who He is in both the male and female.
Same Brain, Different Results
At day’s end, a husband needs to go into his “cave” and quietly process, then he can be more focused and ready to listen to his wife. Once a woman has talked it all out over the phone with her best girlfriends or through interaction with children, she can be more focused and ready to spend quality time with her husband.
Yet, communication can greatly improve when both genders understand how men and women differ and why God deliberately planned those differences, beginning with the first couple – Adam and Eve.
– there are differences in brain structure – and because of this, we process information differently.
his Has Been Going On Since Time Began
A CLOSER LOOK: GUarding your heart
In our feature article on pages 12-15, Joyce talks about the importance of guarding our heart. Let’s take a closer look. Read and meditate on these verses, and then answer the questions below.
GUARD YOUR HEART above all
else, for it determines the course of your life. — P R OV E R B S 4:2 3 ( N LT ) —
CYAN Magenta Yellow
— MATTHEW 5:8 (MSG) —
Your beauty should not come from outward adornment.... Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.
__________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________ jump page __________________________________________________________ 2. Watch out for obstacles to a pure heart—things like pride and judgment. Think of some others from your personal experience and add them here. __________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________ 3. What are some things you can do personally to guard your heart? Write a short prayer asking for God’s help. Be open and receptive to what He reveals to you. __________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________ 4. Track your progress. Write down your victories here. Celebrate! __________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________
— 1 PETER 3:3,4 (NIV) — Answers: 1. The inner life. 2-4. Your personal responses.
YOU’RE BLESSED WHEN YOU GET YOUR INSIDE WORLD—YOUR MIND AND HEART— PUT RIGHT. THEN YOU CAN SEE GOD IN THE OUTSIDE WORLD.
1. What do you think is meant by “heart” in Proverbs 4:23?
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AMERICA AT ITS BEST
THE PREAMBLE: A CLOSER LOOK PART II
Can You See the Biblical Principles in Our Constitution? B Y D AV E M E Y E R
The Preamble to the United States Constitution
FUNCTION 1: ESTABLISH
JUSTICE Function 1 – Establish Justice
First of all, civil government is set up to provide a foundation of justice. Civil rulers exist, according to 1 Peter 2:14 “for the punishment of evildoers and the praise of those who do right.”INSURE And in Genesis 9:6, God told Noah that “Whoever DOMESTIC sheds man’s blood, by man his blood shall be shed.” Our God is a God of justice.2 TRANQUILITY
D AV E M E Y E R is the Vice President of Joyce Meyer Ministries and has been married to Joyce for over forty years. He passionately shares the truth about our rich Christian heritagePROVIDE in conferences FOR THE nationwide, encouraging people to get educated, pray and take action. COMMON DEFENSE
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Very few Americans have been taught how the Preamble provides additional evidence of our nation’s Christian heritage. A closer look reveals how the words used reflect biblical ideas of mankind and the government. In fact, there is a summary within the Preamble laying out five basic functions and purposes of civil government that match what the Bible says about government.1
Our Christian Heritage in the Preamble
“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”
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FUNCTION 1: ESTABLISH JUSTICE
AMERICA AT ITS BEST THE PREAMBLE: A CLOSER LOOK PART II
FUNCTION 1: ESTABLISH JUSTICE DOMESTIC FUNCTION 2: INSURE Function 2 – Insure Domestic Tranquility TRANQUILITY We can fi nd this second purpose of government in 1 Timothy 2:1,2. We’re told toINSURE pray forDOMESTIC government officials TRANQUILITY “in order that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all PROVIDE FOR THE godliness and dignity.”3 COMMON DEFENSE
FUNCTION 2: FUNCTION 3:
FUNCTION 3: PROVIDE FOR THE PROMOTE THE FUNCTION 4: GENERAL WELFARE Our Constitution embraces the government’s responFunction 3 – Provide for theCOMMON Common Defense DEFENSE
sibility to protect innocent life. Capital punishment, ESTABLISH the domestic police force and military protection from PROMOTE THE JUSTICE external threats all fit underGENERAL this function. Romans 13:4 WELFARE SECURE THE affirms that civil government “does not bear the sword for BLESSINGS OF LIBERTY nothing.” The “sword” symbolizes any military weapon throughout history—including nuclear weapons.
FUNCTION FUNCTION 1: 4: FUNCTION 5:
INSURE DOMESTIC SECURE THE FUNCTION 2: TRANQUILITY These weapons become5: unethical and immoral only if FUNCTION BLESSINGS OF LIBERTY
they’re not used properly to defend the innocent. It is wise for a nation to have a sufficient arsenal of defensive weapons to protect innocent citizens. Jesus Himself said that there are situations when being armed for selfPROVIDE FOR THE COMMON protection is appropriate, saying in LukeDEFENSE 22:36, “Now…let ESTABLISH him who has no sword sell his robe and buy one.”4
FUNCTION 3: FUNCTION 1: JUSTICE FUNCTION 4: FUNCTION 2:
servants “to you for good,” according to Romans 13:4. Biblically, the role of a civil servant is to work for the SECURE THE common good of everyone, regardless of OF economic status, BLESSINGS LIBERTY race or even religion. They are to passFOR lawsTHE that foster PROVIDE COMMON DEFENSE equal opportunity. Notice how the word used here is “promote,” not provide. God is our provider, not the government. The body of Christ (churches, ministries)PROMOTE should care for those in THE need. Socialism is the antithesis to the WELFARE biblical view of GENERAL civil government.5
SECURE THE Function 5 – Secure the Blessings of Liberty BLESSINGS OF LIBERTY
FUNCTION 5: FUNCTION 3:
PROMOTE THE Function 4 – Promote the General Welfare GENERAL WELFARE INSURE DOMESTIC TRANQUILITY Government officials, also called “civil rulers,” are
FUNCTION 4: FUNCTION 5:
Our Creator gives us the gift of “blessings.” Blessings are not privileges given by the government. The primary blessings God provides are defi ned in the Fifth Amendment of the Constitution: “life, liberty and… private property.”
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We know from scripture that God is the source of life: “And God created man in His own image” (Genesis 1:27). God is also the source of liberty. Second Corinthians 3:17 says, “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is Liberty,” and Leviticus 25:10 says, “Proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants.” And God is also the source of private property. As the Declaration of Independence expresses, He gives us the ability to engage in “the pursuit of happiness.” First Chronicles 29:12 says, “Both riches and honor come from Thee.”6 We must “maintain and establish” our Constitution. People need to know how to do their part, which is the purpose of these articles. The Constitution is the instruction manual, and when you know it, you can maintain your rights by putting action behind what you know.
He (God) gives us the ability to engage in “the pursuit of happiness.” Secularists want to remove this knowledge. Their final goal is to remove these rights. The Constitution is the source of our nation’s rights. My wife talks a lot about the heart. As the heart of the country is right, then our government will be right. But keep in mind, we can have a right heart, but if we’re ignorant, then we cannot do the right thing.
Knowledge Keeps Us Free Thank God our Founding Fathers used the Bible as their foundation and guiding light when they wrote the Constitution. The Preamble is just as true and just as important today as it was over 200 years ago. With Divine help, we can keep this document preserved for future generations. An excellent book that provides additional information on this topic is America’s Providential History. Get it now at joycemeyer.org
1. America’s Providential History, Mark A. Beliles & Stephen K. McDowell (The Providence Foundation, Second Edition 1991) p. 186. 2. Ibid., p.187. 3. Ibid. 4. Ibid. 5. Ibid. 6. Ibid., p.188
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LIFE LESSONS IN HUMILITY
How to Become a Person Who Puts Others First
The Waiting Room
I learned a big lesson that day because if that had been Billy Graham, I would have put my Bible down, looked him straight in the eye and just hung on every word going, “Oh, wow! That is awesome, brother! Praise the Lord!”
The Bible says that pride deceives us, and often it’s a very subtle thing. Sometimes we can get carried away thinking we’re a little smarter than someone else or we’re better at this or that.
That man was obviously lonely. He lived by himself and really just wanted to talk to someone. Well, I got all irritated inside and was
Unfortunately, this poor man was not important to me at the time, but he was important to God. As God’s representatives, we need to learn to treat everybody the same.
I just love that quote. It reminds me how simple it can be to test your level of humility. How did I treat the people God put in my path today?
I was at a doctor’s office one day because my son had broken his arm and was getting his cast removed. Well, an old man kept trying to talk to me and I was just not in the mood. I wanted to read my Bible and pray and be spiritual.
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And this is what God said to me: If that was Billy Graham sitting there, would you talk to him?
asking God to please make the man stop talking to me because I wanted to pray.
Our humility toward others is the only sufficient proof that our humility before God is real.
When we’re operating in humility, we’re giving God credit for the good things He does in and through us. The best way to test yourself is to simply pay attention to how you treat the people God puts in your path.
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CHARACTER life lessons in humility
The Family Room
The Cry Room
God sometimes uses strangers to teach us spiritual lessons, but most often He’ll use the people we’re closest to.
The Bible says in Colossians 3:13, Be gentle and forbearing with one another and, if one has a difference (a grievance or complaint) against another, readily pardoning each other; even as the Lord has [freely] forgiven you, so must you also [forgive].
Over the years, I’ve learned a lot from how I treat my husband. I think all married people go through a period of time when we think, I just can’t stand it if you’re going to be this way! when, ultimately, if a marriage is going to work out, you have to come to the point where you’re attitude is, Okay, I accept you for who you are and I love you no matter what. See, the spirit of pride makes us think that everybody should do things the same way we do. That probably is the number one problem in relationships: Well, you’re not giving me what I would give you! But the fact is, you’re not giving them the right to be who they are. Marriages and intimate friendships don’t always end over big disagreements. A lot of times it happens when little things become big things because we don’t know how to let them go.
Now, none of these things are easy to do, and you certainly can’t do it without God. You may have to get on your knees before God and cry your eyes out fi rst, but He’ll always give you the strength to forgive. Ultimately, if we want to be like Him, we need to be people who demonstrate His mercy.
I really want to encourage you in whatever relationships you have to ask yourself, Have I let myself become the standard for everyone I know?
If you begin to accept people the way they are, it will really be freeing for you—and them.
“Unfortunately, this poor man was not important to me at the time, but he was important to God.”
Humble people don’t have to be right or have the last word. They know when to be quiet. They’re usually the fi rst to apologize. They’re willing to adapt themselves to other people. They don’t expect everybody to be just like them, and they always choose to forgive.
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Joyce Meyer Ministries August 5-7 TORONTO, ONTARIO
CONFERENCE TOUR2010 Worship with Darlene
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September 16-18 ST. LOUIS, MO
Women’s Convention See pages 16 & 17 for details.
Spanish translation will be available at some locations; please check online for more information. Interpretation for the deaf and hard of hearing will be provided. No registration required. Schedule is subject to change.
WHERE ELSE can you be inspired, challenged and changed during a fun, refreshing weekend—free of charge? Only at a Joyce Meyer Ministries conference.
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October 21-24, Joyce Meyer Ministries will hold a Festival of Life in Kolkata, India. More than 12 million people live there, making Kolkata one of the most densely populated cities in the world—and a key place to share the Gospel. Please join us as we pray for the people of India, the safe travel of our team, and for the Holy Spirit to guide us in everything. To learn more about the Kolkata Festival of Life, visit www.joycemeyer.org/kolkata.
Builds New Home in Thailand
Gabrielle House—a home for survivors of human trafficking—opened in June in Chiang Rai, Thailand. The home was built with funds raised by Hand of Hope, Joyce Meyer Ministries World Missions CEO David L. Meyer, who participated in the New York City Marathon last year. While training for the run, he seized the opportunity to raise more than $80,000 for antihuman trafficking outreaches. Gabrielle House will serve as a place of new beginnings for women and children rescued from the sex trade.
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Tennessee Flood Relief As soon as the flood hit, Hand of Hope, Joyce Meyer Ministries World Missions assessed the situation and then sent funds to Service International, and Oasis Church and Cross Point Church. With any disaster, our number one goal is to pray and provide immediate relief and support. Thanks to our partners, we were able to send funds to those already in Nashville who were ready and willing to minister to victims and clean up the mess.
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T V BROADCAST SCHEDULE
D A I LY B R O A D C A S T
Programs air daily, Monday-Friday.
W E E K LY B R O A D C A S T
Programs air one day a week.
Do you find yourself feeling frustrated more often than you’d like? On each program this week, you’ll learn how to stop living this way and start living in God’s grace with more joy and contentment. Friday is a Q & A session with Joyce on ways to live without frustration.
You chose it, and for good reason—The Power of Words is one of Joyce’s most essential teachings. Be sure to watch the program this week and discover how this principle straight from the Bible can revolutionize your life.
August 23 – 27
What’s Been on Your Mind Lately?
Worry? Fear? Other ungodly thoughts? Take some time this week to think about what you think about. Because the Bible does say that we are what we think about (see Proverbs 23:7). On Monday and Tuesday, Joyce will be talking with Dr. Caroline Leaf (www.drleaf.net.) And Wednesday thru Friday, Joyce will teach about the mind and thought life.
August 22 – September 4
Do You Need a Change in Your Life?
“Something has got to change!” Maybe you’ve said that recently…or maybe you’ve felt that way for a long time but haven’t told anybody. God did not create you to live a life of “quiet desperation.” This program may be just what you need, as Joyce teaches about change.
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August 30 – September 3 Guard Your Heart
Experience an important series from Joyce this week called Guard Your Heart. Learn why God instructs us to be the doorkeeper of what goes into our heart, which enables us to grow and have the blessed life promised to believers.
August 16 – 20 The Power of Words VIEWERS’ CHOICE
Joyce talks with pastor and author Andy Stanley about why many Christians don’t develop good habits and how they can break out of their ruts, starting a new journey on the path to success. Joyce also explains in more helpful detail how you can break bad habits and start developing good habits.
August 9 – 13 Living Without Frustration VIEWERS’ CHOICE
August 1 – August 21
How to Develop Successful Habits
August 2–6 Conversations VIEWERS’ CHOICE This week, Joyce shares about five areas of study that have changed her life forever—the mind, the mouth, prayer, the love walk and emotions. Don’t miss Wednesday’s program about Joyce’s personal road to healing.
Schedules are subject to change. 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.
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REAL LIFE PERSPECTIVES
OPEN WIDE AND SAY “AHHH...”
The Health of Your Mouth Determines the Health of Your Life BY VINCENT M. NEWFIELD
The mouth is truly amazing! It’s the doorway of life for our body, soul and spirit. Not only is it designed to feed our flesh, it also has the power to nourish our soul and spirit. While food and water go into our mouth to feed our body, words come out of our mouth to feed our soul and spirit.
Hereʼs the Big Question… What kind of words are you speaking? Just as the quality of the food you eat greatly determines the health of your body, the quality of the words you speak determines the health of your soul and spirit.
Words satisfy the mind as much as fruit does the stomach; good talk is as gratifying as a good harvest. Words kill, words give life; they’re either poison or fruit—you choose (Proverbs 18:20,21 The Message).
Believe it or not, our words set the stage for our life’s story. Just as the law of gravity holds true regardless of what we believe, the “law of the lips” holds true too.
Howʼs Your Life?
When you’re sick, one of the first things the doctor asks you to do is open your mouth and say “Ahhh.” They’re checking the condition of your mouth to determine what’s going on in your body. And you can check your words to determine your spiritual health.
The words of your mouth tell the temperature of your heart. Are you cold and distant from God? Or are you red-hot in love with Him? Jesus said, A good person produces good words from a good heart, and an evil person produces evil words from an evil heart (Matthew 12:35 NLT). If your mouth is sick, your heart is sick. And the best medicine is Scripture.
“The words of your mouth tell the temperature of your heart. Are you cold and distant from God? Or are you red-hot in love with Him?” Take Your Medicine To change what’s coming out of your mouth, you must change what’s going into your heart. So, cut off the impure and ungodly “food” coming into your mind and increase your intake of God’s Word. What He spoke to Joshua in Old Testament days still holds true for me and you: Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful (Joshua 1:8 NIV). This remedy may not sound new and improved—but it is timeless and tested!
VINCENT M. NEWFIELD is an author, speaker, and founder of Prepare The Way, a teaching ministry. He is a freelance writer for Joyce Meyer Ministries and John Bevere Ministries, as well as other worldwide organizations, and has recently produced his own book, “Real Life Answers.” www.preparethewaytoday.org 34 | E N J O Y I N G E V E R Y D AY L I F E
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Joyce has SOMETHING IMPORTANT to share with you She is often asked, “What is the greatest lesson you’ve learned as a Christian?” Conversations provides her answer. You’ll learn about the five choices that shaped her destiny and how you can be transformed by making these same choices. This special keepsake book is filled with five CDs and five DVDs that explain how your Mind and Mouth, your Prayers, your Love Walk, and your Emotions can lead you to an enjoyable life.
$100 ($130 in Canada) (800) 727-9673 • In Canada (800) 868-1002
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4 LOVE WALK
NEW BOOK BY JOYCE!
I can do whatever I need to do You become what you think, so think positive!
256-PAGE HARDCOVER by Joyce Meyer $22 U.S. Funds Available wherever books are sold. Also available in Spanish (paperback).
can’t wait? Read a sample chapter at www.joycemeyer.org/powerthoughts.
Power Thoughts Step-by-step strategies to win the battle in your mind Takes Joyce’s bestselling book Battlefield of the Mind to the next level Learn to renew your mind daily and enjoy the life God intended for you Power thoughts will positively affect every area of your life