I am the author of Everyday Prayers for Joy: A 30-Day Devotional & Reflective Journal for Women
I am an empty nest mom, have been married to Brian for 34 years, and we live right outside of Washington D.C. I love coming alongside others, young and old, to help them find strength in God (1 Samuel 23:16), to proclaim God’s faithfulness (Psalms 89:1), to encourage one another (1 Thessalonians 5:11), to help each other persevere, one day at a time, and find biblical joy (Hebrews 12:2), and to learn from each other (1 Corinthians 11:1)!
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Everyday Prayers for Joy
Do you wake up feeling burdened by your life circumstances? Have you read the verses in the Bible that tell you to not be anxious and that you can find joy in Jesus, but you aren’t quite sure what the means or how to accomplish that.
If this describes you, know that you are not alone! I completely understand this daily battle to fight for joy!
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What is joy? We can receive fleeting moments of it from time to time, but there is only one source of true, lasting joy and that’s our Savior, Jesus.
When everyday life fills us with uncertainties, we can learn to count it all joy by turning to God and His Word.
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“Gina consistently helps me look at the world, and think through the situations I encounter, through the lens of the gospel. I listen to her because I know this commitment of hers to the Word of God is hard-worn. Her guidance comes from her own experience of refusing to let go of Jesus no matter what He allows in her life. With Gina, you’ll find that kind of attitude, along with a friend who truly desires to serve you.”
~ Brooke Mcglothlin – Author and cofounder, Million Praying Mom
Listen to Gina
Recently I was asked this question: “What keeps you coming back to church?” My mind immediately began to sift through all the things that drew us to the church we have been attending for about 3 months. After going through some difficult church situations we were tired, discouraged, confused, disillusioned…you name it! We felt it! We needed time…
The setting is a large bright room filled with an assortment of colorful toys. There is a cute play kitchen with dishes and plastic food on the shelf. Big, colorful, soft foam blocks stand stacked in one corner; a little play house stands in the other. There are toy trucks, plastic people and animals, and…
When we are young we often look ahead and conclude that we will reach a level of maturity and strength when we enter later seasons of life. Life, time, and God (if we allow him to) have a tendency to reveal how very weak we are and how very much we need His strength each…
The setting is a quiet waiting room. Sitting in a hard plastic chair, I patiently wait for my turn to be seen by the doctor. Listening intently for my name to be called, I am surrounded by people who are reading magazines, watching the news, or staring at thier phones. Suddenly an elderly woman, her white…
Legalism. Rigid. Rules. Everyone looks the same. Little diversity. Working. Working. Striving. Criticizing. Do things the way we do them. We know what is best. Structure. Rules. Do’s and don’ts. Everything is in black and white. Open wide the curtains and swing the windows open wide. Let the aroma of grace drift in. Breathe in…
It’s late in the afternoon and I am busily preparing dinner. The kitchen window is open. We’ve been given a spring-like day in the middle of winter and the fresh air has filled the room, pleasantly mixing with the aroma of dinner cooking in the oven. Breaded chicken breast smothered in tangy Italian sauce and…