It will be the best you’ve ever had!

Posted by on May 13, 2016 in Blog | 3 comments

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Ocean Isle Beach (OIB) is a quiet, family beach community where folks drive their golf carts on the roads and where life seems to slow down a bit.  It’s a small quaint place that Bryan and I enjoyed taking our children to when they were younger.

OIB is home to one of the sweetest ice cream shops around that serves the most delicious homemade strawberry ice cream.  I mean to tell you, it is yummmmmmy!

Years ago, my cousin Adam, and his family, vacationed with us at OIB for a week of fun and sun!  As we prepared for our trip down to the coast, I told Adam and Candace about the things we could do at OIB.  Of course, I mentioned this fabulous ice cream shop and the delicious strawberry ice cream.  I remember telling Adam it would be the best strawberry ice cream he had ever had!

Sure enough, while on our trip, we made our way to the ice cream shop and out of all the flavors available, Adam chose strawberry.  Smart choice!

I just knew he would love it as much as I did, so I paid attention as he took his first bite.  His expression was not as joyful as I had hoped it would be.  I wanted him to tell me how fabulous this strawberry ice cream was, but instead, he just told me it was good.  (Insert shock!)

GOOD?  What did he mean, good?  It is fantastic!

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Here we are—back in 2009!

Adam and I have laughed about this strawberry ice cream story many times since that OIB trip.  When we talk about it, he jokingly says, “Joy, you over-promised and under-delivered.”

What about you?  Have you ever over-promised and under-delivered?

Maybe is wasn’t about how wonderful a flavor of ice cream was, but maybe you told someone you were going to do something and then you did not do it.  Maybe you told a friend you would be somewhere and something came up so you were unable to go.  Maybe a coworker asked you to pray for them and you said you would, but then you forgot.

Maybe like me you have had good intentions and you really wanted to stick to a commitment that you made, but life got in the way and you backed out of your commitment, letting someone else down.

From time to time, we break promises.  We don’t follow through.  We are not true to our word.

We over-promise and under-deliver.

It happens to us all.

Lately, God has been reminding me of how important it is for me to do what I say I am going to do!  He has been reminding me that I should be careful not to overcommit myself to things I do not plan to stick to!

He has been reminding me that I should be a person of my word and that my integrity is vital to my walk with Him.

Talk is cheap!  Living out my faith takes action!

Jesus emphasizes this point through the parable of two sons:

 “What do you think? There was a man who had two sons. He went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work today in the vineyard.’  “’I will not,’ he answered, but later he changed his mind and went. “Then the father went to the other son and said the same thing. He answered, ‘I will, sir,’ but he did not go. “Which of the two did what his father wanted?” “The first,” they answered.  ~Matthew 21:31a

The first son did not agree to go work, but he changed his mind later (another version says he repented), and he went to work.  The second son said he would go to work, but then he did not go.

Which son pleased the father?

When you and I fail to keep our word, it affects our trustworthiness.  It causes people to lose respect for us.

It also affects our friendships.  Friendships are typically based on trust and it’s almost impossible to trust someone who does not keep their word.

My friend, you and I need to be people who are trustworthy.  We carry the name of Christ.  We are to be like Him!

People should be able to count on us!  When we say we are going to do something, we should not need five reminders to do it!  If we say we are going to do it, then we need to do it!

You and I are human and of course none of us are perfect, but that does not give us an excuse to repeatedly not follow through on our commitments.

God’s Word is clear that our words matter!  We are accountable for our words—all of them!

“But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken.”  ~Matthew 12:26

Let’s be ever-more cautious to be a person of our word.  When we make a commitment to do something, let’s be determined to stick to it!

Well, I know you have a craving for a delicious scoop (or two) of strawberry ice cream!  If you get the chance, make the drive down to Ocean Isle Beach and enjoy some at the local ice cream shop!  Regardless of what my cousin Adam thinks, there’s a good chance it will be the best strawberry ice cream you’ve ever had!   🙂

Thanks for stopping by!

~Joy

For more about keeping your word, check out this link:  https://www.openbible.info/topics/keeping_your_word

 

 

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What is Maundy Thursday?

Posted by on Mar 24, 2016 in Blog | 1 comment

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Today is known as Maundy Thursday! What exactly does that mean for us?
 
It means today is a day to stop and remember!
 
The night before he was crucified, Jesus met with his disciples to share a Passover meal together. Many important things happened that evening. Maundy Thursday is about remembering those things.
 
We remember his body that was given for us.
 
We remember his blood that was shed for us.
 
“Maundy” is a latin word that means “commandment.”  
 
That evening, Jesus washed the disciples feet and He gave us a new commandment.  
 
He gave us a commandment of love!
 
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, just like I have loved you; that you also love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” ~ John 13:34–35
 
My friend, may you and I remember and live out that commandment of love!
 
I hope you have a blessed Maundy Thursday!
~Joy
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Life-Changing Ministry Opportunities for Students!

Posted by on Mar 15, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Are you a student, (16 and older) or know any students looking for a job and ministry opportunity this summer?
If so, please read today’s guest posting from our friends at
SummerShine!
 
I started working with SummerShine when I was in college…spending a few summers in Myrtle Beach, working and serving were easily some of my greatest experiences.
 
Fast forward to this past summer, when my husband and I got an opportunity to step back into a SummerShine role. I have hired the SummerShine teams for the past 8 years, but it’s been 7 years since I actually got to work at a campground. The Lord opened a door this summer and my husband and I stepped out in faith to go. We drove to South Dakota, and spent about six weeks on the campground…and, the blessing was ours.
 
We met families from all over the world, experienced God’s beautiful creation in the Black Hills of South Dakota and took part in loving and working alongside broken people, just like us!
 
Daily, in our jobs, at school, at church even, we don’t know what the Lord has for us. The decision to be available, to share a word of hope, to tell someone about Christ, is something we have decide to do.
 
We have to look for those opportunities.
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SummerShine has reminded me that the Lord longs to use us in the places He puts us! He doesn’t want us to just treat every day life as the mundane, and wait to go on a mission trip. He wants us to be open to His work while we’re cleaning a bathroom, checking in a grumpy customer, or playing with kids!
 
May we continue to see where we can minister. May we continue to seek His heart for those around us…and may we be willing to go where He’s called us!
 
If you are a student, (16 and older) or know any students looking for a job and ministry opportunity this summer, check out www.summershine.us. We have some awesome locations available for students to learn, work and share their faith in across the United States and would love to have you on our summer ministry team!
 
Cathleen Thore Jones
Director of Operations
SummerShine Resort Ministry
336.302.4542
www.summershine.us
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