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As partners, Mike & Becky are helping provide Joyce’s program in 60 languages around the world.

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I used to suffer from deep depression, which put a great deal of pressure on my wife, Becky. She listened to Joyce all the time and I knew it comforted her greatly. Even though I didn’t believe in God at the time, I could watch Joyce and relate to what she was saying.

EVENTUALLY GOD TOUCHED MY HEART and pulled me out of my depression.

I’m proud to be a partner because Joyce was able to give my wife the comfort she needed during a very difficult time. You know, it feels like a million bucks just to get back to level ground. And there’s a strong sense within me to pay it forward, because God reached out to me personally and helped my

wife through a very hard time.

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You don’t have to let your fears overtake you. You can overcome them.

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Discipline is good—good for the body, good for the soul, good for the spirit.

23 Our Journey to Madagascar and Why We’re Determined to Go Back Our medical/dental volunteers experienced a rough but rewarding journey—and would do it all over again!

THANK YOU! Every day our Partners help us Share Christ and Love People. Check out joycemeyer.org/annualreport to find out exactly how. To become a partner, see pg 2 or the enclosed order form.

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WE ASKED...

How has a relationship with Jesus changed your life?

From the Editor

Bill Ross “There is not enough memory on my phone to give a testimony as long as mine, but one thing I have been shown by our Lord is the true meaning of the word UNCONDITIONAL.”

For Christians, the Easter holiday is our bedrock celebration. It represents the beginning of real life, which we can only have through relationship with Christ, and reminds us of the extreme sacrifice Jesus made to give us that life. That’s a bit deeper than bunnies, Easter baskets and egg hunts. My memories of Easter from childhood include coloring eggs, shopping for the special Easter dress, picking out an Easter basket, the excitement of discovering treats in the basket Sunday morning, going to church, and family dinner and hunting eggs afterward. It was always a special day.

Joseph Tony Arroyo “I was once angry, aggressive and cold-hearted, and didn’t care about anyone. Now I’m filled with peace, joy and love. Thank You Lord for saving me.”

Now that I’m past the basket-and-egg-hunt stage, the thing that makes Easter a celebration for me is the reality of Jesus’ love and presence in my life every day. It may sound like a cliché, but I wouldn’t want to live a single day without Him.

Rebecca Amunga “I seek to be a blessing rather than be blessed.”

Happy Easter! SUSAN HUTCHISON

Join the conversation! Follow us at facebook.com/joycemeyerministries.

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

STEPHEN ARTERBURN is host of the New Life Live radio program, founder of New Life Ministries and Women of Faith, and is a best-selling author. His most recent project is “The Seven Minute Marriage Solution” and companion devotional Bible.

WADE HOSSEINI is a Medical Outreach Coordinator for Joyce Meyer Ministries/ Hand of Hope. He has traveled to some of the most remote areas of the world— sharing Christ’s love and helping coordinate medical/dental clinics that meet people’s demanding physical needs.

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.

Enjoying Everyday Life® is published by Joyce Meyer Ministries, Inc.®,a nonprofit corporation, Fenton, MO USA © 2012 Joyce Meyer Ministries, Inc. Publications Agreement No. 41709522. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is prohibited. Enjoying Everyday Life has no subscription price and is supported through contributions worldwide. Because all Enjoying Everyday Life issues are preplanned, we are unable to accept unsolicited manuscripts. For more information or to order, call (636) 349-0303. Internet address: www. joycemeyer.org Enjoying Everyday Life is a registered trademark of Joyce Meyer Ministries, Inc. [J] is also a registered trademark of Joyce Meyer Ministries, Inc.

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Until we learn to do this, nothing else is really going to work out very well. But on the other hand, it’s amazing how good life can be when we learn to make this one major adjustment. By putting God first, as the Bible tells us to do, we actually lay the foundation for a more peaceful and successful life.

As a matter of fact, that’s an excellent way to start the good habit of putting God first. Ask for His help with everything…seek His guidance every day. He is right there with you… waiting to help.

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Every now and then we try to make a new habit… and some we just really want to break. But let’s talk about one very good habit that sets the stage for success in life. That is the habit of putting God first.

I’m not saying that to be discouraging; but rather, to show exactly why we need the Holy Spirit to help us. The Amplified Bible refers to the Holy Spirit as our Standby…because He’s always standing by, ready to help. He’s just waiting for us to ask.

Make God your Good Habit!

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“take just 21 DAYS and make a new habit”

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It all starts with a decision. And when we get tired of old habits being in control, that decision becomes easier to make. A lot of the time, some of the things in our lives that we Christians call bondages really are just bad habits. We do something over and over and over for so long it seems like it has some kind of hold on us. Now, that hold can be broken, but there’s effort involved…and discomfort…and time.

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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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knock out fear

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This week, Joyce teaches how to get the upper hand on fear and use your faith to deliver the knockout punch. On Wednesday, Joyce addresses our special day of prayer, focusing on the needs in your life.

Your thoughts are the forerunners for every single thing you do. Joyce teaches how to think “power thoughts” that will propel you in the right direction. Thursday and Friday includes a special question and answer segment.

Joyce teaches on the power that’s yours in Christ and how you can be ready and equipped to win your daily battles. On Thursday the 28th, tune in for an awe-inspiring testimony of one man’s conversion to Christ.*

Ravi Zacharias joins Joyce in studio for a special Good Friday program. Don’t miss this riveting discussion which centers on the incredible details proving the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

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This week, Joyce teaches how you can break your bad habits and develop good ones, including how to be happier, healthier and more decisive. Don’t miss the Q&A with Joyce on Friday.

Learn how you can yield a bumper crop of good fruit in your life—including love, faithfulness and humility. Hint: You’re going to want to sink your roots deep into God’s Word.

This week, Joyce shares her own gripping personal testimony. Then, beginning Wednesday, she teaches how becoming radically obedient to God will reveal His power and provision in a whole new way.

Monday and Tuesday, Joyce teaches how to press past anger and unforgiveness. On Wednesday* you will be wowed by true stories from our partners. Thursday and Friday, learn how to develop a merciful, forgiving attitude.

On Monday, Joyce shares a very special message about salvation that could change your life forever. Then, Tuesday-Friday, you’ll learn how to cooperate with God to be more like Him.

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m arc h 1 7 — a p ril 6 wave goodbye to worry Learn how to put worry and anxiety in your rearview mirror once and for all. During Easter week, Ravi Zacharias joins Joyce for a riveting discussion on proving the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

a pril 7 — 20 the power of agreement Life’s a whole lot easier when there’s peace and unity. Tune in as Joyce shares invaluable tips for eliminating strife and building greater communication and bonding in relationships.

a pril 21 — m ay 4 you can have it all There’s a lot that God wants to give us. Joyce shares how not to “settle” for anything less than the great, full, victorious life He has for you.

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

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One of those prayers was for a healthy relationship. He’d endured a failed marriage and estranged relationships with his two sons and he was tired of being alone. Little did he know, God was the one listening all along.

Part of the couple’s devotional time together is watching Joyce’s Enjoying Everyday Life program. Years before he met Cassie, Mark would stumble upon Joyce’s program late at night. He didn’t realize it then, but the seed of the Gospel was planted in his heart during those painful late nights. And after his near-death experience and recovery from addictions, those seeds prepared him for God’s Word to fully come alive in his life.

Always looking for ways to give back, Mark and Cassie volunteered to join Hand of Hope, Joyce Meyer Ministries on a medical/dental trip to Guatemala.

With a desire to help people who are struggling, Mark and Cassie prayerfully decided to become partners with the ministry. They know God saved Mark from a destructive life that day, and they hope that by sharing his story, they’ll help others find a real relationship with Jesus and experience the life they’ve been longing for.

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Determined to find answers and change his life for good, he walked away from his destructive lifestyle and set out on the path to recovery from drug and alcohol addictions. He began to pray for direction for his life, even though he didn’t yet know what or to whom he was praying.

of recovery from alcoholism. Part of her recovery was a recommitment to Christ, and as their friendship developed, Mark began attending church with her. As their relationship grew, so did his relationship with God. He became a Christian and discovered the greatest relationship he could ever experience—one with his Savior.

Kacie Campbell is a staff writer for Joyce Meyer Ministries.

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On December 11, 2006, Mark DeDio’s life changed forever. After a five-day crack and alcohol binge, Mark overdosed and was declared dead for five whole minutes. Descending into complete and utter darkness, Mark recalls shrieks of torment and the smell of sulfur. As he began to fall further into the abyss, a sharp tug sent him back into this life…alive, but left to question this haunting trip into darkness.

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habit is something we have done repeatedly over time. It’s just a part of our normal routine. Sometimes our bad habits seem to have a hold on us, but they certainly can be broken. A bad habit can always be turned around.

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I’m not going to tell you it’s easy. I might as well be plain about it and say that most of the time what we want is a miracle. We want God to suddenly deliver us without any effort on our part—without any discomfort, inconvenience or suffering.

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Well obviously, if we’re going to break a bad habit and make a good habit, there’s going to be some effort involved. We will go through a time of trial, but God is in it and He will bless us through it. It’s very important to understand from the beginning that we need God’s help to succeed. The number one mistake people make in trying to live the Christian life is that we try to change ourselves. We forget the God factor. Jesus said that when He went away, He would send us the Holy Spirit to help us. The Amplified Bible refers to Him as “the standby.” I love that. God is always standing by in case we get ourselves into trouble and need a little help. It wouldn’t hurt any of us at all to say, “God help me,” a thousand times a day because we need it at least that often. Thankfully, with God’s help, we can break every bad habit we have by replacing it with a good habit.

Where We Start and Where We Finish I used to have a habit of getting upset every time I didn’t get my way. It was just my go-to response—and I lived that way for many years until I finally decided to stop. Today, I want to encourage you to make some decisions of your own. Think about the person you are right now and the person you want to become, and then jot down a few habits that can help get you there. Remember, one good choice is another step closer to success. One scripture I’ve found to be most helpful in this area is Romans 12:21. It says, Do not let yourself be overcome by evil, but overcome (master) evil with good. In other words, don’t even think about your bad habits. Instead, put all of your focus and concentration on making good ones. Because when we think about all the bad habits we’ve

got to try and undo, it zaps all of our strength. If we’re going to be successful, we need to learn to focus on the positive! Similarly, the Bible tells us that by walking in the Spirit, we overcome the flesh (see Galatians 5:16). Do everything you can to stay in the Spirit. Read the Word and meditate on it. Set aside time for prayer. Get around people who will encourage you to do what God’s asking you to do. Don’t give yourself the time or energy to do what your flesh is pleading with you to do. If you make a quality decision to act, it will change your life. But you can’t wait to feel like it. Just set your mind to do it.

How Long Does It Take to Form a Habit? Some people say it takes twenty-one days and others say thirty days. So let’s just say that anything you do (or don’t do) repeatedly for a period of time becomes a habit.

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I used to smoke many years ago. And when God started convicting me to quit, I didn’t want to do it—and it was very hard for me to stop. In fact, it took several attempts to quit before I broke this habit.

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When I reached the point of sheer determination to quit, the first day was bad. The second day wasn’t much better. I made it to the weekend but then Dave and I had an argument at a picnic and I ended up leaving on my own to go buy a pack of cigarettes. My plan was to smoke the whole pack.

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You see, when we’re trying to form a new habit, there comes what I call a “crisis point.” That day at the picnic, I reached my crisis point. After I got those cigarettes I sat there and thought, If I smoke these right now, I’m likely to be doing it the rest of my

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Good habits happen one day at a time.

Fill your life with one good habit after another and they will eventually crowd out the old habits you wish would go away. With God’s help, any good habit can be made and any bad one can be broken. Use Joyce’s newest book as your guide to habitual success. It’s not about perfection, it’s about

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“When we think about all the bad habits we’ve got to try and undo, it zaps all of our strength. If we’re going to be successful, we need to learn to focus on the positive!”

life and I’m not going to do that. So I took every single cigarette out of the package and threw them in the toilet. Every now and then, I’d think: I want a cigarette. But after about thirty days, I could tell my desire to smoke had changed. I just didn’t want to do it. And I never smoked another cigarette again. Sometimes we make a monster out of this stuff when, really, it’s nothing more than needing to give God control one day at a time.

LEARNING TO PUT GOD FIRST IN YOUR LIFE In Genesis

Don’t leave it up to chance— there’s too much at stake! Trust the Creator of the Universe to guide you down the path to a bigger, better, joy-filled life.

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Decisions, Decisions...

The Wisdom of Making Right Choices 4 Teachings on CD by Joyce Meyer

We have to come to the point where we are God-pleasers and we’re not living for anything else.

YOU ARE NOT WIMPY OR WEAK-WILLED You are a child of God with the power of the Holy Spirit living on the inside of you. And you have been given authority over the enemy. I encourage you to talk to yourself about who you are in Christ how His Spirit is alive and active on the inside of you. Get passionate and say, “Not getting my way in this is good for me. I don’t care if I have to be uncomfortable for a little while, because I am going to have the freedom and blessing that comes from doing what God wants me to do.” How wonderful it is when you can lay your head down at night and say, “God, I didn’t hit it 100 percent, but I gave it my best today. Let’s go at it again tomorrow, because I want to live for You.” Together, one day at a time, you and God can do anything.

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It can be so easy to put ourselves and our reputations first…or our friends… or our possessions. But every time we say yes to our flesh, we cheat ourselves out of something good that God wants us to have.

be entrusted with the glad tidings (the Gospel), so we speak not to please men but to please God, Who tests our hearts [expecting them to be approved].

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Overcoming Fear with Faith How to Shed the Layers of Fear That Weigh Us Down

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Fear 1: Dread For many years, I had this vague sense that something bad was going to happen. I was just expecting the next disaster to come. If you do this, I want to encourage you to form a habit of wondering what the next blessing will be, instead of dreading the next bad thing to happen, because God wants to be good to you. Isaiah 30:18 says, And therefore the Lord [earnestly] waits [expecting, looking, and longing] to be gracious to you….

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“Maybe there are some things in your life that aren’t working anymore or have been dead for a long time but you’re still dragging them around with you. What you need to do is let go of the old so you can completely take hold of the new.”

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When these thoughts are warring in your mind, you need to open your mouth and speak up. So when the devil says nothing’s going to change, you need to say, “God has a good plan for my life. And the changes He has for me will happen!”

Fear 4: Change Sometimes we fear that things will change. After Moses died, God went to Joshua and said, “Moses is dead” (see Joshua 1). God was telling Joshua, “It’s time for things to change. You’re going to take on new responsibilities. Things are not going to be the way they used to be.” Maybe there are some things in your life that aren’t working anymore or have been dead for a long time but you’re still dragging them around with you. What you need to do is let go of the old so you can completely take hold of the new.

Fear 5: I Won’t Get What I Want God gives us some of the things we want, but not everything we want, because sometimes we simply don’t want the right things. Maybe you’ve wanted things in the

We will experience failures in life, but nobody has to be a failure. Failing at something doesn’t make you a failure. Failure comes when you quit trying.

Fear 7: Being Hurt I can tell you right now, you will get hurt, but you can’t let the fear of it control you. When you feel this fear, say, “God, I’m going to trust You. If I will stop trying to protect myself, You will protect me.” If I’m going to deal with people on any level, I will get hurt sometimes, but you know what? The Healer lives on the inside of us. As soon as we get hurt, we can go to Him and say, “God, I expect You to heal this wound, but I refuse to live in fear.”

We’re going to feel fear sometimes, but God has given us the faith we need to face those fears. You don’t have to let them take hold of you. Every time you feel afraid, please understand it’s just an indication that the devil’s trying to keep you from something God wants you to have. He’s trying to keep you in some kind of bondage. I want to encourage you to walk in the faith God has placed inside you and overcome fear!

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“I’ll never change; my family will never change; I’ll never have any money; I’ll never get married; I’ll never live in peace or enjoy my life…” But the truth is, everything is subject to change except God!

Fear 6: Failure I remember so many times in my life when I was so afraid of failing, but I would take a step of faith anyway. There were times when things worked out and times when they didn’t. When that happens to you, you need to shake it off and move forward. Don’t let the fear of making a mistake stop you.

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Instead of being afraid of not getting something, learn to say, “God, I don’t want this if You don’t want me to have it.”

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So you don’t need to play games to get people to like you. Just be you! And if there’s anything in you that needs to change, trust God to show you what it is.

past and you got out in front of God’s timing and got them anyway. I wonder how many of those things you wish you didn’t have now.

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Fear 2: Rejection Rejection is terrible. But I’ve learned I’m not responsible to make everybody like me. I’m responsible to go out into the world and be my own unique self. God has given us individuality.


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KNOW YOUR POWER SOURCE First and foremost, living a disciplined life and establishing new habits requires a lot more than just will power. I’ll never forget the time years ago when I heard a teaching about the power of words. That day, I left church and said, “That’s it! I’m going to shut my mouth and not say one bad thing. I’m going to discipline myself!” You can probably guess how that turned out. Actually, I did manage to

I believe a lot of people want the “perks without the works.” In other words, they want to have all of the good results without having to discipline themselves or take any of the responsibility to get them. College football coach, Vince Lombardi, famously said that he was going to teach his players how to discipline themselves so they could have what they said they wanted to have. You see, although today we can microwave a meal, there’s no such thing as “microwave Christianity.” Actually, I like to call God’s process “The Law of Gradual Growth.” Why?

“Every time you make a choice to do the right thing, the next time it gets a little easier. And you get one step closer to your goal.” Because little by little, as we make right choices, He delivers us from our enemies and takes us where we need to be.

Take a little time each day to read God’s Word and talk to Him in prayer. Some of my greatest breakthroughs have been the result of simply sitting quietly in His presence, letting Him know that I can’t do anything if He doesn’t make it happen.

YOU CAN’T HAVE THE “PERKS” WITHOUT THE “WORKS” Years ago, people were expected to work at their jobs for a long time before getting raises, vacation and special benefits. Today, these things are expected up front. I’m all for people having great benefits, but there’s a sense of entitlement today that can actually hurt us.

teaches us that wise people think about the consequences and care more about later on than right now.

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TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCE? The Bible

Yes, you can live a lazy, undisciplined life and still go to heaven. But you won’t have peace, you won’t be happy and, worst of all, you won’t glorify God with your life the way He intended! I encourage you to start viewing discipline and self-control in a whole new way…as helpful keys to good health, peace, prosperity, great relationships, and the satisfaction of fulfilling your purpose.

Developing Discipline and Self-Control 4 Teachings on CD by Joyce Meyer

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And remember, whatever your goal is—whether it’s to get in good physical shape or change a negative attitude—you have what it takes. So start drawing on God’s power to help you achieve it. As you do—little by little—you’ll begin to find more freedom, more success, and more fulfillment than you could ever imagine.

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Here’s the lesson: Even when God asks us to do something, we still cannot do it successfully unless we lean on Him. John 15:5 has changed my life. It says, …Apart from Me you can do nothing (NAS).

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Yes, in the beginning, disciplining yourself will be difficult. It won’t feel good and you won’t like it. But every time you make a choice to do the right thing, the next time it gets a little easier. And you get one step closer to your goal.

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Shame. Guilt. Poor self-image. Real women talk about what’s kept them from receiving God’s love—and the breakthroughs that are setting them free.

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When I was four, I was chubby and unusually tall for my age. One day, a group of girls in my neighborhood started to make fun of me with that song, “Fatty, fatty, two by four…” That was the first time I recognized I wasn’t like other kids my age. My mother, who was Japanese and very petite, would complain to her friends that she couldn’t find pretty clothes to fit me. She would get exasperated and say to me in broken English, “Why you so big?” By the age of 12, I was 5’ 10” and wore a woman’s size 14. Because of my height, people thought I was much older than I was. They didn’t relate to me as a child. Even Christian people said insensitive things. As a teenager, an older man in church looked me up and down and said, “You sure are a stocky one, aren’t you?” I was 16 when I started listening to Joyce on the radio. She said it didn’t matter what I saw when I looked in the mirror. God looks at the inside. What mattered was who I was in Christ. Then one day a woman I respected said to me, “You are so tall and beautiful. You could be a model!” That was the first time it struck me that it wasn’t all bad to be tall. Things didn’t get easier for me overnight. But I feel much better about myself now. It’s a process. Whenever I start to feel insecure, I just try to remember how God sees me—and He thinks I’m beautiful.

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I grew up in eastern Kentucky. My dad was a minister and I prayed to receive Christ when I was small. But when a male cousin started molesting me at age six, things changed. I thought I was to blame for the abuse so I never told my parents. Secretly, I begged God to save me, but when He didn’t, I stopped seeing Him as my loving Father. He was my Commanding General. I had to be obedient and perfect. So I became a super-achiever in my church and school. On the surface, I looked good, but inside I was filled with self-loathing. Eventually the pain and pressure built up to where I could only find release by cutting and punching myself. I also became bulimic. I knew I was doing wrong. I was terrified of God’s anger, but I couldn’t stop. One day after I failed to get an “A” on a test, I came home and started cutting my face. I punched a wall so hard I broke my hand.

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People tried to help me, but I continued to abuse my body. Finally one day I looked at my scarred face and wrists and thought, Surely, Christ didn’t die to give me a life like this. I realized He really loved me and wanted to draw close to me, but I had put up a wall between us. I had to learn to be vulnerable and honest about my feelings. I had to forgive those who hurt me and I had to forgive myself.

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God’s Word says Christ promised Peter he would be the rock on which He built His church. Later, Peter denied Jesus three times, but still Jesus didn’t reject him. He never took away the promise. And if Jesus could restore Peter, He could certainly restore and use me.

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Step by step, God has healed me. It took a long time to believe He still loved me, that He wasn’t mad at me, that He cared about me, and that He could and would truly forgive me. But today I know He loves me—and I finally love myself.

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I grew up bi-racial, unloved and unwanted in a Philadelphia ghetto known as “The Underworld.” My mother was white, and a crack addict. Her husband was not my real father, but a pedophile who began molesting me while I was still in elementary school. At 10, my mom let men use me in exchange for drugs. I spent my childhood in the dark world of drug addicts, crack houses and sexual slavery. Death and chaos were a normal part of life. I felt like a piece of trash. By the age of 12, I was living on the streets. My older brother, a drug dealer, tried to look out for me, but he was in and out of prison—murdered when I was 13. All alone, I clung to my abusive 21-year-old boyfriend. For awhile I found refuge in Islam. But I began to question if this was the truth. One day I was praying to an Egyptian goddess to deliver me from the pain in my life. Then a voice spoke to me, whom the Son sets free is free indeed, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. When I looked it up online, I discovered it was from the Bible. The Holy Spirit had spoken to me and it was the beginning of my transformation.

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I accepted Christ, went to college and became a teacher. But I was still carrying guilt and shame from my past. I tried to compensate by leading a perfect life. But I failed again and again. As I’ve grown in Christ, He has shown me I don’t have to be perfect. Even in all of my flawed humanity, He accepts me as I am. I only have to try and be more like Him. Through Him, I’ve been made pure and whole.

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As many of you know, God healed me from the sexual abuse I endured growing up. But for a long time, I didn’t like my personality. I didn’t want to be so direct and blunt. I wanted to be like my friend who had a gift of being sweet and gentle. What I didn’t realize was she was born that way—and I wasn’t. But I tried to change myself to be more like her—the perfect woman, the ideal wife and mother who grew her own tomatoes and canned them, made jelly, sewed her family’s clothes, and on and on. 

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It didn’t work. It was the old story of trying to fit the square peg into a round hole. I was just trying to be something I wasn’t. Finally, I had to learn to stop comparing myself to other people and accept myself just the way God made me, with my own unique skills and talents.

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Many of you struggle with a poor self-image because of things in your past. Or someone has convinced you that you are not good enough or smart enough or pretty enough. You may even think God has judged you. But that’s a lie straight from the devil. God adores you! He says you are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14).

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Whatever was done to you and whatever mistakes you’ve made, in Christ you are a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17). Don’t allow anyone or anything to steal your confidence in your God-given identity. Accept the person He created you to be and put shame behind you. It’s time to move on and learn to like yourself!

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OUR JOURNEY TO And Why We’re Determined to Go Back

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days to get to the remote area of Ambovombe to help alleviate some of these problems. Four flights and an exhausting six-hour drive on back roads proved to be long and arduous, but were definitely worth it to reach people in desperate need of medical and dental care. Our team of medical and dental volunteers spent one grueling week providing intense, yet rewarding medical and dental care. I’ve been on 18 medical/dental trips with Hand of Hope, but the people of Madagascar had some of the worst needs I’ve ever seen. Lines of people at the clinics on most days climbed to over 800—many who had walked for days from outlying villages seeking help. The needs were so overwhelming. One little girl who visited our dentist for urgent care really touched my heart.

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Marie is four years old, and when she came to see us, we learned she had been dealing with pain for the last three years. An oral abscess from a single infected tooth had grown through her cheek and was eating away at her ear canal. A severe infection had taken over, causing her unbelievable pain. Left untreated for much longer, Marie could have died.

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“When I look back on all the things that weren’t exactly as planned– the drive to Ambovombe, the hotel rooms, the lack of shower, the blaring music, the hotel stairs that my knee did not like–it all pales in comparison to the blessings that I received from being a part of that team.”

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Why are we going back? Marie’s smile and the fact that I know thousands of others received lifesaving care is why I actually enjoyed a three-day journey to one of the most remote places in Madagascar. And it’s why even though our volunteers admit it was a tough trip, most say they’d go back in a heartbeat. And it’s why I’m looking forward to our upcoming return trip in July. “The needs we saw in Madagascar far surpassed any I’ve seen to date. As a result of this great need, God reached more hearts, including mine, and healed more people than I could have imagined possible.” —Susan S., RN, Florida “This trip was a hard one spiritually and physically, but the reward for the Kingdom was great. Over 95% of our patients received Christ, and

we saw a lot of miracles. We even had an English teacher helping us who got filled with the Holy Spirit and now wants to preach. He promised me he would take Jesus to his people and to that region.” —Teresa K., Florida Sometimes I wonder what would happen to people like Marie if God hadn’t called us to Madagascar…or if the partners of Joyce Meyer Ministries hadn’t sent our team to Ambovombe, that small village near the southern coast. Or what if the medical/dental volunteers wouldn’t have signed up to graciously give of their personal time and finances to serve some of the poorest in Africa. Thankfully, I don’t have to.

2013 TRIPS* Guatemala Albania Kenya Madagascar Dominican Republic South Africa Honduras Ethiopia

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*Schedule is subject to chan ge. We will have a medical/den tal team traveling around the globe each month in 2013, so plea se check in with us periodically for more opportunities to serv e.

There is still so much more work to do in Madagascar. People’s lives depend on it. Please join us in July as we return to this nation, which is in desperate need of care. Physicians, dentists, nurses, pharmacists and other medical professionals are needed. For more details:

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Give Yourself a Push! you can choose to have the life of your dreams

Dear Friends,

Just wishing for things or situations in life to get better or to be different does not bring change or results. What makes a difference is setting aside all distractions, opposition from the enemy, reasons why “it can’t work,”

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And the truth is—whether things are good in your life right now or they’re difficult—there will be seasons when life seems to be pressing in on you. That’s not going to change.

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The “effectiveness” of our ministry requires an enormous amount of time, energy, resources, creativity, prayer and determination to cultivate. And as I reflect on all the wonderful things God is doing, there is one thing I have come to know and I believe will help you today…

We’ve all been frustrated by outcomes in life. We’ve all been hurt. We’ve all gone through pain, stress, trials and adversity. We all have had moments when it felt like life was pressing against us.

On this side of heaven, none of us get to choose whether or not we’ll be free from pain. But that doesn’t mean we’re helpless. You don’t have to sit back and let life happen to you.

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It creates tremendous gratitude in our hearts…to God and to you.

and whatever else holds us back. We also have to decide that when God says something can happen, it’s our job to agree with Him and allow Him to empower us to see it happen.

No, God’s given you something incredibly powerful: He’s given you His strength and power, which can help you overcome and press through any issue in your life!

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“ You can do it—but you’ve got to decide you’re more desperate for change than you are to stay comfortable with where you are.”

Wishes don’t have any power to change your life. But God’s power and your determination to stay the course— no matter what—does. When life has… • Pressed against you • Backed you into a corner • Stolen your joy • Kept you from God’s best

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Paul was determined to press in and press on. He wasn’t going to let anything stop him from laying hold of everything that Jesus had prepared for him.

God is calling you to press against the pressure that’s pressing against you.

That’s the exact same attitude I want you to have. I want you to come to the place where you say, “God, I’m tired of being stuck in this same place and feeling defeated. I’m going deeper into Your purposes and plans for my life, and I’m going to press in.”

No one else can press in for you, and there’s no getting to the other side of the storm without making this choice.

So whether you’re facing obstacles that are financial, relational or health-oriented—whatever it may be…

What’s pressing against you—what’s the source of your greatest stress?

Press in and press on, and God will reward you!

…you’ve got to press back! The time has come for you to stop wishing and start pressing!

God’s given you a dream. Now here’s the help you need to go for it and never give up.

The apostle Paul says it this way (he was in prison because of his faith when he wrote it): Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me (Philippians 3:12 NKJV).

Maybe you need to get out of debt. Maybe there’s a relationship that needs healing. Maybe you need to change your lifestyle habits, exercise more and take better care of yourself.

Dave and I want you to know how much we love and appreciate you. We believe God has so many great things for you. I encourage you, with all my heart, to press in and press on to receive the things God has in store for you. If you do, I promise you won’t be disappointed!

You can do it. It’s not impossible. But it’s not going to just happen by itself.

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A Good Habit to Have Develop the good habit of putting God first. Set aside some time, for the next 21 to 30 days, to spend in His presence. Keep a journal to record your experience. Day 1 Sit quietly for awhile until you begin to sense God’s presence… Just sit…relax and enjoy Him. Feel His love for you.

Day 2 Sit quietly for a few minutes. As you begin to sense God’s presence…just sit…bask in your private audience with the Creator of the universe!

Days 3 - 7 Sit quietly. Pick a scripture or devotion to meditate on while in God’s presence. Or better yet, follow the Holy Spirit’s lead. Journal…

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Begin a dialogue with God. Share your inner-most thoughts, fears, joy, pain, etc. Wait in His presence for His response to you. Journal…

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Note: Not every experience is the same. This is personal. God bless your time with Him! Take your experience to a new level with the Make 1 Break 1 Challenge. See page 30 for details.

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One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek, inquire for, and [insistently] require: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord [in His presence] all the days of my life…. —Psalm 27:4

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YOU HELPED PEOPLE START OVER If you keep track of current events or watch the world news at night, you know just how many people are affected by natural disasters. Thankfully, homes torn apart can be rebuilt…but it takes a unified response. And that’s where you come in.

WHAT A RELIEF… Over the past couple of years alone, EARTHQUAKES/TSUNAMIS TORNADOES

through your prayers and incredible financial support, we’ve been able to respond to 28 disasters. We picked up debris, provided supplies, trained volunteers, and helped rebuild homes— bringing Christ’s love and compassion to communities in need of restoration.

Japan, Myanmar & New Zealand Alabama, Missouri, Illinois & Texas,

Getting in the Habit Did you know that It takes 2130 days to make a new habit? Starting April 1, we want you to join us for 30 days to make a good habit you’ve been longing to make, and experience the thrill of breaking a bad one in the process.

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FLOODING/MUDSLIDES

Australia, Brazil, El Salvador, South Africa, Southeast Asia,

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Philippines & Florida, U.S.A.

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Fiji & Madagascar

HURRICANES

East Coast & Gulf Coast, U.S.A.

WILDFIRES

Texas & Colorado, U.S.A.

POWER OUTAGE

Virginia & Washington, D.C., U.S.A.

Just go to make1break1.com and take advantage of the practical tips and words of encouragement from Joyce to help guide you through the process. You can also share about your experience and encourage others on this journey with you. Make up your mind today to rise to the challenge. And on April 1, go online and get started!

Want to see what else you’ve accomplished around the world? We’d love to show you at joycemeyer.org/annualreport. You’ll even find a downloadable version of our annual report specifically for your iPad.

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NSCP Spells “Progress”

SOUTH AFRICA

Joyce Meyer Ministries is thrilled to announce the launch of the National School Chaplaincy Program (NSCP) in South Africa. Partnering with Reaching a Generation, an organization committed to effecting positive change for the children of South Africa, we are pioneering this program which seeks to place Christian chaplains in every school. Here’s how it works: Using a correspondence curriculum, our program trains and equips teachers—using the Bible, several of Joyce’s books and other ministry resources—to serve as chaplains in their own schools. We also provide them with a framework to raise up a morally-sound, God-connected generation.

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One great aspect is that the NSCP has already gained tremendous support from the government in a majority of the provinces…and teachers have begun signing up. The truth is that God is using the incredible prayers and support of our friends and partners to reach this new generation and transform a nation from the inside out.

We’ve seen it firsthand—the love and message of Jesus Christ translates to any language. Nineteen years ago, we first translated and printed Joyce’s book, “Tell Them I Love Them,” into Russian. The reception in the former Soviet Union was nothing less than astounding, prompting us to translate even more of her books into other languages worldwide.

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Fast-forward to 2013, and we are proud to announce the translation of Joyce’s books into the 100th language. And it’s the incredible support of our friends and partners that has made this possible. Because of you, to date, we have translated and distributed more than 24.5 million books worldwide, many of which were distributed for free through a variety of outreaches worldwide. And we want to say thank you. Because when it comes to reaching the world for Jesus Christ, your support translates to helping more people than ever before.

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E. C EN R FE IF D LE IB D RE C IN AN E AK YOU CAN M Our partners share God’s love with others every day by supporting a multitude of outreaches worldwide and distributing His healing Word through media. We are so thankful for the difference they make every day. You can join our family of partners today and take part in making a big, big impact. Whatever you have to give, it will help restore lives and bring hope to those in need.

GIVE FROM YOUR HEART. Help change lives through partnership.


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