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When life seems to be falling apart; how do we receive and grow a joy-filled heart? Can we choose joy in the face of despair? | TBN Prayer Line: 1-888-731-1000

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  • - I've got the joy, joy,joy, joy down in my heart.
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  • You know this children'ssong is a good reminder
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  • that joy lives within us.
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  • We just have to choose.
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  • We can turn awayfrom the negatives
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  • and focus on our blessings.
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  • Come on.
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  • We're gonna talk about it.
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  • (bright upbeat music)
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  • - So a few years ago, Idecided that I was gonna have
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  • all of our little home moviesof our children made into DVDs
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  • that we could watch becausewe were never watching
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  • the home movies becausewe didn't have a device.
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  • Who plays tapes anymore, right?
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  • So I found thisreally cool company.
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  • I was able to sendeverything off.
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  • And I got them back.
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  • And we were having so much fun
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  • watching these old homemovies of the kids.
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  • Our kids are 22, 19and 11 currently.
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  • And our youngest son,at the age of four,
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  • he was diagnosed with autism,
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  • which has been a journey,a whole other story,
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  • but it is connectedto this story.
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  • I realized one day I waswatching these movies
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  • of Carson, our youngest
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  • when he was aroundtwo years old,
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  • and I could see just the joy
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  • and the fun I was having
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  • being his mom.
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  • He came about eight yearsafter our two oldest
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  • so he was a fun, verywelcomed surprise.
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  • But as I was watchingthese home movies,
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  • I'm seeing just howmuch fun we had.
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  • And he had some symptoms.
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  • He struggled with talkingand things like that.
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  • but while I was watchingthese home movies
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  • just a few years ago,
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  • I could see the joy that Ihad pre autism diagnosis.
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  • Okay.
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  • And I realized thatonce the diagnosis came,
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  • that I had lostmy joy as a mama,
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  • had kind of become so wrappedup in really grieving.
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  • I think anyone who has a child
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  • that's diagnosed withany special needs,
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  • you're familiar withthe grieving process
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  • of what that looks like.
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  • And I was standingstrong in face.
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  • So I felt like I wasalways fighting for him
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  • and advocating for him.
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  • And so I had just reallysurrendered my joy.
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  • I had let the enemy take it.
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  • We know that the enemy comesto steal, kill, and destroy.
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  • And so that day,a few years ago,
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  • as I was watchingthat home movie,
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  • I could just seeit, it was visible,
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  • what I had in that video
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  • and what I was nolonger carrying.
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  • And I made the decision rightthen the enemy is not have it.
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  • I refuse to let him steal thejoy of being Carson's mom.
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  • And so I in that moment,
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  • decided to take myjoy back over my son.
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  • And it was really adecision that I made
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  • a choice that I made.
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  • And I'm telling you myjourney the past few years
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  • since that day hasbeen been so much fun.
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  • It's like I see the goodthings that I really,
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  • where I was seeing moreof the struggle before.
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  • But it was a choice.
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  • It was a decision.
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  • And I realized in that moment
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  • that I can decide to choose joy.
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  • I can tell the enemy, no,you're not having this.
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  • But that was a reallypowerful experience for me
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  • in learning the lessonof choosing joy.
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  • Brittany, how about you?
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  • Do you relate to this at all?
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  • - Oh, absolutely.
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  • And I think that's sopowerful what you've said
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  • that it is a choicethat we make.
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  • It's not a feeling.
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  • Because my life is chaosand craziness all the time.
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  • And I think whenI, you know what,
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  • from three kids tofive kids overnight,
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  • taking on two adopted childrenthat had a lot of struggles
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  • and sorrows and just somedeep layers within that.
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  • And so, overnight, I know thatfeeling that you're saying
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  • that you grieved kind of whatyour life looks like now.
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  • And having to say, okay,
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  • I can't change the fact thatmy house is chaos right now.
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  • And that there's a lot of needs
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  • and there's only one of me.
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  • But what I can change isthe way that I view that.
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  • And I can say, enemyyou are not gonna steal
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  • what we have.
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  • You are not gonna take theredemption and the hope
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  • and the story thatGod has clearly given
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  • every single one of these kidsand given me and my husband.
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  • And you have to claimthat over your family.
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  • And you have totake that and say,
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  • you will notdistract me anymore.
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  • You will not keep me so busy.
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  • That then you look back andyou see years that we lost.
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  • And I love that yousaid that Nicole,
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  • is that you said no.
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  • It's not that you'refeeling change.
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  • It's not that thecircumstance change.
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  • It's that you said,this will change.
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  • Devil, you will notget this anymore.
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  • And so many times wehave to claim victory
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  • over our own lives.
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  • And it's not becauseall of a sudden,
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  • we feel so strong,
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  • but sometimes all of a suddenwe feel so heavy laden.
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  • And we realize, instead oflaying all of my burdens down
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  • as I saw them,
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  • and we grab that burden
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  • and we'd say, okay, God,
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  • this is too heavyfor me to carry.
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  • God, I'm giving it to you.
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  • We realize we are pickingup all these burdens
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  • and putting them in abackpack of our lives.
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  • And then after years ofpicking up all the burdens
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  • and trying to carry them myself,
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  • I get to the point whereI feel like I'm not able
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  • to run this race with endurance.
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  • I feel like I'mhobbling this race.
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  • And where is my endurance?
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  • And you figure out, I'm beingweighed down by the worries
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  • and the weariness of this world
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  • and God helped meto choose that.
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  • And it's not a feeling.
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  • It's a choice thatwe have to make
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  • even when we maynot feel strong,
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  • even when we can'tsee what's ahead
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  • and we can't seethe victory head,
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  • we walk in victorythat we cannot see.
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  • - Boy, y'all both made mefeel like running a lap.
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  • I would get up and dancebut I'm not wearing.
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  • That could causeemotional trauma
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  • if I wiggle toomuch without spanks.
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  • But I immediately, Nicole asyou were telling your story
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  • of subconsciouslyallowing the enemy
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  • to shoplift some of your joy,
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  • I just had this visualimage immediately
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  • of when I was in high school.
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  • My little brother's eightyears younger than me.
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  • And he had hadhis bicycle stolen
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  • several times inour neighborhood.
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  • They had built a new communityback behind the neighborhood.
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  • And some kids that werenot real well behaved
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  • were cutting throughour neighborhood,
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  • and they had stolenhis bike twice
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  • because my littlebrother had the bad habit
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  • of when he came zoomingup on the sidewalk,
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  • he'd throw it in the front yard
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  • instead of taking in the garage.
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  • I was washingdishes one evening.
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  • It was a summer evening.
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  • So the sky was still lit.
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  • And I watched this littleboy walk down our sidewalk.
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  • My little brother'sbike was lying
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  • in the front yard as usual.
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  • And I watched him lookat the bike, grab it,
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  • pick it up, and startto ride off with it.
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  • And I thought, oh, no.
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  • Not on my watch.
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  • And I took off of the house,
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  • and I chased thislittle boy down
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  • and grabbed him bythe back of the neck.
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  • I used to be an athlete.
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  • And just told the boy,
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  • "This is my brother's bike."
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  • Scared him half to death.
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  • Sure I got the bikeand I was just like,
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  • I mean, I was justlike a rooster
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  • protecting the hands.
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  • I was like, you are not takingmy brother's bike again.
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  • And I thought,goodness gracious.
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  • I want to applymore to that to joy.
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  • 'Cause I do thinkespecially in this season,
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  • sometimes we don't even realize
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  • like until you saw thoseDVDs in that moment,
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  • you saw yourself laughingwith your little boy.
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  • In that moment, you thought,oh goodness gracious.
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  • He's robbed some ofthat joy from me.
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  • - And I wanna be muchmore intentional about
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  • grabbing the enemy off the back
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  • of the bike of my joy and going,
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  • you don't get that becauseof what Jesus has already
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  • accomplished forus on the cross.
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  • Because we have the presenceof Christ through the work
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  • and presence of theHoly Spirit in us.
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  • You don't get tohijack my joy anymore.
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  • And I think as muchas it's a choice,
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  • it also has to beintentional in us.
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  • It has to be incumbent,
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  • especially in anuncertain season,
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  • that we wake upand go, not today.
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  • Not today.
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  • You're not taking it.
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  • The other day, Missyhad just commented
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  • on the fact that she said,mama, why are you so sad today?
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  • I didn't even realizemy countenance wasreflecting sadness.
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  • And I said, oh,honey, I'm sorry.
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  • And she goes, you'vebeen sad all day.
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  • And I said, all right.
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  • Let's not be sad anymore.
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  • And as superficialas that may sound,
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  • I just thought, nope.
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  • I'm gonna change the map today.
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  • We went out and goton our motorcycle.
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  • You know, we live inthe middle of nowhere.
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  • And got on the motorcycle,
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  • put on "The GreatestShowman" in our helmets
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  • and just sang asloud as we could,
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  • riding our motorcycle.
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  • There's something aboutgrowing up Baptist.
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  • I love having an excuseto wear leather pants.
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  • But we just rode downthese country roads,
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  • singing, you know, the songsto "The Greatest Showman"
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  • as loud as we could.
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  • And it's like I took my joy back
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  • with something as simple as
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  • going on a joy ridewith my daughter.
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  • So I think, let's not make it
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  • hyper spiritualevery day either.
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  • Let some days just go, okay,
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  • I'm gonna choose tochange direction.
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  • - Yeah.
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  • - That's all.
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  • - You know, I love that the --
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  • - That's awesome.
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  • - The scripturefor this week is,
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  • may the God of hope fill you
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  • with all joy andpeace in believing
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  • so that the powerof the Holy Spirit
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  • that you may abound in hope.
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  • And I remember, probablyone of the main things
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  • that happened to mewas between my two boys
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  • I miscarried twice.
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  • And I remember the firsttime I was just so shocked
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  • that that could happen to me.
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  • You know, it happensto so many women.
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  • But when it happens to you,
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  • it's like, the first oneyou've ever heard about.
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  • - Yeah.
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  • - And then the second child,
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  • I had carried him forfive or six months.
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  • And, you know, hewent to the doctor
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  • and he'd been dead for a month.
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  • And I just couldn't believe it.
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  • And they were needing toget him out right away.
  • 00:11:03.718 --> 00:11:06.755
  • And I remember gettingup the morning of a DNC
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  • and I just sat infront of my mirror,
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  • and I'll never forget it.
  • 00:11:14.996 --> 00:11:16.231
  • I had long wardrobedoors, mirrored doors,
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  • and I sat there and I wasjust praying and then I said,
  • 00:11:20.368 --> 00:11:25.140
  • is this about my joy?
  • 00:11:25.140 --> 00:11:27.542
  • Because, my joy is Jesus'joy that he gives to me.
  • 00:11:27.542 --> 00:11:32.447
  • - Right.
  • 00:11:32.981 --> 00:11:33.815
  • - That is a gift to me.
  • 00:11:33.815 --> 00:11:34.883
  • - Yeah.
  • 00:11:34.883 --> 00:11:35.717
  • - And it sustains me.
  • 00:11:35.717 --> 00:11:39.487
  • And so, you know ifSatan takes it, well,
  • 00:11:39.487 --> 00:11:43.625
  • where does he keep it?
  • 00:11:43.625 --> 00:11:44.692
  • And how does he give it back?
  • 00:11:44.692 --> 00:11:46.327
  • Because he can't give it back.
  • 00:11:46.327 --> 00:11:47.529
  • Because all good thingscome from the Lord,
  • 00:11:47.529 --> 00:11:49.030
  • and joy is a good thing.
  • 00:11:49.030 --> 00:11:50.732
  • And so sometimes we haveto rejoice in the Lord.
  • 00:11:50.732 --> 00:11:53.968
  • That means to re joy ourselves.
  • 00:11:53.968 --> 00:11:56.504
  • - Right.
  • 00:11:56.504 --> 00:11:57.972
  • - It's to remind ourselves thatwe have the joy of the Lord,
  • 00:11:57.972 --> 00:12:01.876
  • and that the joy of theLord is our strength.
  • 00:12:01.876 --> 00:12:05.313
  • And so, to change yourperspective, and say, whoa,
  • 00:12:05.313 --> 00:12:09.851
  • I'm looking at thiscompletely wrong.
  • 00:12:09.851 --> 00:12:12.353
  • And I started thanking the Lord.
  • 00:12:12.353 --> 00:12:15.056
  • I said, God, I'm so thankful
  • 00:12:15.056 --> 00:12:17.225
  • that my child is with you today.
  • 00:12:17.225 --> 00:12:19.594
  • How much more couldI ask from God,
  • 00:12:19.594 --> 00:12:23.398
  • that he be in thearms of God today?
  • 00:12:23.398 --> 00:12:26.634
  • Man, on this earth,
  • 00:12:26.634 --> 00:12:27.869
  • he's going to begoing through stuff
  • 00:12:27.869 --> 00:12:29.070
  • that I can't keep him from.
  • 00:12:29.070 --> 00:12:30.338
  • But with you...
  • 00:12:30.338 --> 00:12:31.539
  • And that's thatblessed hope, CeCe.
  • 00:12:31.539 --> 00:12:33.875
  • That's that joy thatcannot be stolen from us
  • 00:12:33.875 --> 00:12:38.880
  • because it's a partof who Jesus is.
  • 00:12:40.014 --> 00:12:42.684
  • When he died on the crossand said it is finished,
  • 00:12:42.684 --> 00:12:45.286
  • he gave us everythingthat pertains to life
  • 00:12:45.286 --> 00:12:47.755
  • and to godliness.
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  • I'm done.- Amen
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  • (laughs)- Amen.
  • 00:12:51.860 --> 00:12:52.694
  • You know, it's, wow.
  • 00:12:52.694 --> 00:12:53.928
  • What a powerfultestimony Laurie.
  • 00:12:53.928 --> 00:12:55.563
  • What a powerful,powerful testimony.
  • 00:12:55.563 --> 00:12:58.399
  • And what I'm hearingall of you all say is
  • 00:12:58.399 --> 00:13:00.568
  • in order to choosejoy, we have to fight.
  • 00:13:00.568 --> 00:13:03.638
  • We're in a fight, okay?
  • 00:13:03.638 --> 00:13:05.373
  • We're in a fight.
  • 00:13:05.373 --> 00:13:06.441
  • And the Bible tells us that
  • 00:13:06.441 --> 00:13:07.675
  • there's power of deathand life in our tongues.
  • 00:13:07.675 --> 00:13:10.612
  • And each one ofyou guys have said
  • 00:13:10.612 --> 00:13:12.213
  • I had to say, I had to say.
  • 00:13:12.213 --> 00:13:14.883
  • And a lot of times the enemywill attack us in our minds.
  • 00:13:14.883 --> 00:13:18.052
  • And he throws those targetsor should I say those darts?
  • 00:13:18.052 --> 00:13:21.823
  • And in our minds, andthat's why it's so important
  • 00:13:21.823 --> 00:13:24.392
  • to put on the full armor of God.
  • 00:13:24.392 --> 00:13:26.394
  • But you have to fightfor the Kingdom of Heaven
  • 00:13:26.394 --> 00:13:28.796
  • suffers violence and theviolent take it by force.
  • 00:13:28.796 --> 00:13:31.332
  • You know, so you have to speakout to the enemy and say,
  • 00:13:31.332 --> 00:13:34.035
  • no, not today.
  • 00:13:34.035 --> 00:13:35.169
  • You have to beintentional, you know,
  • 00:13:35.169 --> 00:13:37.505
  • and grab back what theenemy is trying to steal.
  • 00:13:37.505 --> 00:13:41.175
  • So, what I'm hearingfrom you ladies is that
  • 00:13:41.175 --> 00:13:44.145
  • this just doesn'thappen on it's own,
  • 00:13:44.145 --> 00:13:46.214
  • you know.- That's right.
  • 00:13:46.214 --> 00:13:47.148
  • - But you have to be intentional
  • 00:13:47.148 --> 00:13:48.616
  • and you have to grab thosethoughts and take 'em captive,
  • 00:13:48.616 --> 00:13:51.452
  • every thought that'sagainst the Word of God
  • 00:13:51.452 --> 00:13:54.222
  • in order to choosejoy every day.
  • 00:13:54.222 --> 00:13:56.891
  • You know, it's afight, you know.
  • 00:13:56.891 --> 00:13:58.726
  • And you have tospeak it out loud.
  • 00:13:58.726 --> 00:14:00.628
  • You know, I've heard people say,
  • 00:14:00.628 --> 00:14:02.163
  • well, you know, I didn't wantto say anything out loud.
  • 00:14:02.163 --> 00:14:03.865
  • No, no, no, speak up,declare and decree.
  • 00:14:03.865 --> 00:14:06.167
  • No, (laughs) not today.
  • 00:14:06.167 --> 00:14:07.902
  • I will have the joy of the Lord,
  • 00:14:07.902 --> 00:14:09.704
  • the joy of the Lord is mine.
  • 00:14:09.704 --> 00:14:11.239
  • Jesus paid for it.
  • 00:14:11.239 --> 00:14:12.840
  • I choose it every day.
  • 00:14:12.840 --> 00:14:14.609
  • So that was oneof the things that
  • 00:14:14.609 --> 00:14:16.277
  • every one of you guys have said,
  • 00:14:16.277 --> 00:14:18.880
  • or should I say girls have said.
  • 00:14:18.880 --> 00:14:20.915
  • And that is you hadto open up your mouth
  • 00:14:20.915 --> 00:14:24.052
  • and speak the word of the Lordso that the enemy will leave.
  • 00:14:24.052 --> 00:14:28.122
  • Because he doesn't care.
  • 00:14:28.122 --> 00:14:29.724
  • Should I say he's notafraid of our feelings or
  • 00:14:29.724 --> 00:14:32.560
  • Oh, I just wish or our whining.
  • 00:14:32.560 --> 00:14:34.829
  • But it's when we comeback with the Word of God
  • 00:14:34.829 --> 00:14:37.131
  • an understanding thatit's our inheritance.
  • 00:14:37.131 --> 00:14:40.635
  • You know, Jesuspaid for our joy.
  • 00:14:40.635 --> 00:14:42.737
  • It belongs to us, you know.
  • 00:14:42.737 --> 00:14:45.740
  • So to fight for it andto speak it out loud,
  • 00:14:45.740 --> 00:14:48.943
  • I think is one ofthe greatest ways
  • 00:14:48.943 --> 00:14:50.778
  • you can really choose it
  • 00:14:50.778 --> 00:14:52.513
  • in the midst of theruckus times in your life.
  • 00:14:52.513 --> 00:14:55.483
  • - Amen.
  • 00:14:57.251 --> 00:14:58.086
  • - Yes.
  • 00:14:58.086 --> 00:14:59.320
  • And I think aboutin Philippians four,
  • 00:14:59.320 --> 00:15:01.289
  • when he says you know,
  • 00:15:01.289 --> 00:15:03.024
  • whatever is pure,whatever is lovely,
  • 00:15:03.024 --> 00:15:05.760
  • whatever is good report,think on these things.
  • 00:15:05.760 --> 00:15:08.663
  • And what a discipline that is.
  • 00:15:08.663 --> 00:15:11.032
  • I remember one dayI was going through,
  • 00:15:11.032 --> 00:15:12.400
  • I was just readingthrough my email,
  • 00:15:12.400 --> 00:15:13.634
  • I was just having a great day.
  • 00:15:13.634 --> 00:15:15.269
  • And I got to thisemail and it was like,
  • 00:15:15.269 --> 00:15:17.872
  • I started readingit and immediately
  • 00:15:17.872 --> 00:15:19.440
  • my thoughts just started goingdown this very dark path.
  • 00:15:19.440 --> 00:15:22.377
  • It's funny how quick,something can turn, right?
  • 00:15:22.377 --> 00:15:26.247
  • In our minds.
  • 00:15:26.247 --> 00:15:27.482
  • And I literally justlike shut it down.
  • 00:15:27.482 --> 00:15:29.150
  • Like, no, I am notletting my mind go,
  • 00:15:29.150 --> 00:15:32.086
  • you know, into fear mode.
  • 00:15:32.086 --> 00:15:34.288
  • I'm choosing to think of God.
  • 00:15:34.288 --> 00:15:36.157
  • What did you sayabout this situation?
  • 00:15:36.157 --> 00:15:38.760
  • And so it is adiscipline to just,
  • 00:15:38.760 --> 00:15:41.996
  • to shut it down,to cast it down.
  • 00:15:41.996 --> 00:15:44.098
  • (laughs)
  • 00:15:44.098 --> 00:15:45.033
  • And to think on the good report.
  • 00:15:45.033 --> 00:15:47.468
  • Think about what God saysabout your situation,
  • 00:15:47.468 --> 00:15:49.971
  • what God says over your family.
  • 00:15:49.971 --> 00:15:51.839
  • And I think to practically like
  • 00:15:51.839 --> 00:15:53.841
  • creating boundariesin our lives.
  • 00:15:53.841 --> 00:15:56.711
  • You know, sometimes welet people take too much,
  • 00:15:56.711 --> 00:15:59.914
  • some space that'snot theirs, you know.
  • 00:15:59.914 --> 00:16:03.184
  • And so I recently reread thebook "Boundaries", you know,
  • 00:16:03.184 --> 00:16:07.288
  • by Dr. Cloud and Townsend.
  • 00:16:07.288 --> 00:16:09.357
  • And like, yeah, like makingsome intentional decisions,
  • 00:16:09.357 --> 00:16:14.362
  • to create boundaries,to think on things.
  • 00:16:15.530 --> 00:16:19.167
  • On what, you know,what God says.
  • 00:16:19.167 --> 00:16:21.636
  • His, yeah, his word.
  • 00:16:21.636 --> 00:16:23.471
  • - Right.
  • 00:16:23.471 --> 00:16:24.839
  • - In plain truth overour hearts because,
  • 00:16:24.839 --> 00:16:27.842
  • there has been times in my life
  • 00:16:27.842 --> 00:16:29.477
  • where I was so deep in sorrow,
  • 00:16:29.477 --> 00:16:31.712
  • I didn't have thestrength to speak it out.
  • 00:16:31.712 --> 00:16:34.215
  • And I didn't have thestrength to read my Bible.
  • 00:16:34.215 --> 00:16:36.517
  • And I'd be up in the middleof the night, you know,
  • 00:16:36.517 --> 00:16:38.653
  • nursing my littlenewborn, you know,
  • 00:16:38.653 --> 00:16:40.588
  • talking to God in my heart.
  • 00:16:40.588 --> 00:16:42.924
  • And my head going,Lord, show up today.
  • 00:16:42.924 --> 00:16:45.526
  • God show up today.
  • 00:16:45.526 --> 00:16:47.361
  • And so, I would literallyplay worship music
  • 00:16:47.361 --> 00:16:50.565
  • because I couldn't do it myself.
  • 00:16:50.565 --> 00:16:52.700
  • I couldn't, I didn't have
  • 00:16:52.700 --> 00:16:53.901
  • the strength to saythat out myself.
  • 00:16:53.901 --> 00:16:56.003
  • But I would just play it
  • 00:16:56.003 --> 00:16:57.238
  • until the words didstart coming out.
  • 00:16:57.238 --> 00:16:59.907
  • And sometimes Iwas mumbling them
  • 00:16:59.907 --> 00:17:01.576
  • or sometimes I wouldjust have a tear.
  • 00:17:01.576 --> 00:17:04.145
  • But you know, tearsare still worship.
  • 00:17:04.145 --> 00:17:05.980
  • Tears are still faith.
  • 00:17:05.980 --> 00:17:07.482
  • And it says that God holdsevery tear in a bottle.
  • 00:17:07.482 --> 00:17:10.551
  • That means every tearthat we cry, he notices.
  • 00:17:10.551 --> 00:17:13.488
  • He notices us in the dark ofnight when nobody else notices.
  • 00:17:13.488 --> 00:17:16.858
  • God, my joy is gone,God notices it.
  • 00:17:16.858 --> 00:17:20.061
  • And when we are in that mode,
  • 00:17:20.061 --> 00:17:22.163
  • where we are worshipingwe are not worrying.
  • 00:17:22.163 --> 00:17:25.366
  • When I am listening tothe truth of who God is,
  • 00:17:25.366 --> 00:17:28.503
  • and the truth of who heis in my circumstance,
  • 00:17:28.503 --> 00:17:31.305
  • despite my circumstance,
  • 00:17:31.305 --> 00:17:33.608
  • I am not focused onthe earthly things.
  • 00:17:33.608 --> 00:17:37.145
  • I'm focused on the Godwho holds it all together
  • 00:17:37.145 --> 00:17:40.114
  • and the one that I can trust,
  • 00:17:40.114 --> 00:17:41.549
  • even when there is sorrow.
  • 00:17:41.549 --> 00:17:43.484
  • And maybe for you,
  • 00:17:43.484 --> 00:17:44.986
  • you're in a hard situationwhere you feel like,
  • 00:17:44.986 --> 00:17:47.855
  • so I don't have an hourwhere I can read the word.
  • 00:17:47.855 --> 00:17:50.558
  • I can barely concentrate,
  • 00:17:50.558 --> 00:17:51.826
  • because I feel so heavy-laden.
  • 00:17:51.826 --> 00:17:54.562
  • Well, just play the Word of God
  • 00:17:54.562 --> 00:17:55.997
  • over your life,play it over you.
  • 00:17:55.997 --> 00:17:58.933
  • Sometimes I take onescripture passage,
  • 00:17:58.933 --> 00:18:01.736
  • and I just play itover and over again.
  • 00:18:01.736 --> 00:18:04.438
  • And then, eventually, asyou're listening to it,
  • 00:18:04.438 --> 00:18:07.241
  • you start saying that out loud,
  • 00:18:07.241 --> 00:18:08.843
  • you start sayingthat over your life.
  • 00:18:08.843 --> 00:18:11.345
  • And you take that.
  • 00:18:11.345 --> 00:18:12.847
  • 'Cause sometimes, in themidst of sorrow, it says,
  • 00:18:12.847 --> 00:18:14.515
  • even in the Word of God,
  • 00:18:14.515 --> 00:18:15.750
  • sometimes we do notknow how to pray,
  • 00:18:15.750 --> 00:18:17.852
  • but the Holy Spiritgroans and prays for us.
  • 00:18:17.852 --> 00:18:21.622
  • And we need that sometimes inour lives when we don't know,
  • 00:18:21.622 --> 00:18:24.592
  • how do we claimvictory over our lives?
  • 00:18:24.592 --> 00:18:26.861
  • How do we think on the things
  • 00:18:26.861 --> 00:18:28.663
  • that are true and the honorable?
  • 00:18:28.663 --> 00:18:30.598
  • - Yes, and so sometimes we have
  • 00:18:31.465 --> 00:18:32.533
  • to just play the worship music.
  • 00:18:32.533 --> 00:18:34.602
  • We have to play the Wordof God over our lives
  • 00:18:34.602 --> 00:18:37.438
  • until we don'tjust listen to it,
  • 00:18:37.438 --> 00:18:40.041
  • but we start believing it.
  • 00:18:40.041 --> 00:18:42.710
  • - Right, I think the problem is,
  • 00:18:42.710 --> 00:18:44.345
  • so many people thinkthe Bible is punitive.
  • 00:18:44.345 --> 00:18:47.114
  • And that's just alie from the pit.
  • 00:18:47.114 --> 00:18:49.083
  • The Bible from the verybeginning is redemptive.
  • 00:18:49.083 --> 00:18:51.953
  • If you understand thesociohistorical context,
  • 00:18:51.953 --> 00:18:54.822
  • God is always redeeming us.
  • 00:18:54.822 --> 00:18:57.124
  • He's always payingthe price for us
  • 00:18:57.124 --> 00:18:59.860
  • to go from slavery to freedom.
  • 00:18:59.860 --> 00:19:02.063
  • And I found it interesting
  • 00:19:02.063 --> 00:19:03.631
  • that as we were talking abouttaking back the joyful ground
  • 00:19:03.631 --> 00:19:08.202
  • that Jesus has alreadypaid the mortgage on,
  • 00:19:08.202 --> 00:19:11.005
  • all three of you, Cece, Nicole
  • 00:19:11.005 --> 00:19:13.341
  • and Brittany mentionedboundaries and discipline.
  • 00:19:14.775 --> 00:19:18.879
  • And I thought, how interesting
  • 00:19:18.879 --> 00:19:20.147
  • 'cause usually youdon't put discipline
  • 00:19:20.147 --> 00:19:21.782
  • in the same conversation as joy.
  • 00:19:21.782 --> 00:19:25.119
  • But John did, John chapter15 and y'all know this.
  • 00:19:25.119 --> 00:19:28.856
  • Some of you have probablycross-stitched it,
  • 00:19:28.856 --> 00:19:31.125
  • John 15, "If you keepmy commandments,"
  • 00:19:31.125 --> 00:19:33.561
  • this is Jesus speaking,"You will abide in my love."
  • 00:19:33.561 --> 00:19:38.566
  • He says that, "You who havekept my Father's commandments
  • 00:19:40.001 --> 00:19:42.770
  • "abide in his love.
  • 00:19:42.770 --> 00:19:44.272
  • "These things I've spoken toyou that my joy may be in you
  • 00:19:44.272 --> 00:19:48.342
  • "and that your joy may be full."
  • 00:19:48.342 --> 00:19:51.412
  • So how interesting thatobedience and discipline
  • 00:19:51.412 --> 00:19:55.149
  • and really just divinginto the Word of God,
  • 00:19:55.149 --> 00:20:00.154
  • that discipline also is likeMiracle-Gro for our joy.
  • 00:20:01.555 --> 00:20:04.725
  • So for some of us maybe saying, I'm sorry.
  • 00:20:04.725 --> 00:20:08.129
  • God, I haven'tbeen in your word,
  • 00:20:08.129 --> 00:20:09.563
  • I've forgotten the freedomyour promises bring,
  • 00:20:09.563 --> 00:20:12.033
  • I've thought of this as a rulebook instead of a love story,
  • 00:20:12.033 --> 00:20:14.969
  • renew my mind, give me morelove to be in your Word,
  • 00:20:14.969 --> 00:20:19.874
  • and our joy will correspondto that kind of love story,
  • 00:20:19.874 --> 00:20:24.845
  • that kind ofspiritual discipline.
  • 00:20:25.913 --> 00:20:27.315
  • - That's so good.
  • 00:20:27.315 --> 00:20:28.416
  • Joy and gratefulness,having a grateful heart,
  • 00:20:29.617 --> 00:20:33.020
  • I think go hand in handand that's discipline.
  • 00:20:33.020 --> 00:20:36.223
  • Instead of moaning and groaningabout our circumstances,
  • 00:20:36.223 --> 00:20:40.127
  • to be thankful forour circumstances
  • 00:20:40.127 --> 00:20:44.098
  • and to be thankfulcounting the little things
  • 00:20:44.098 --> 00:20:46.801
  • that change theperspective in our mind
  • 00:20:46.801 --> 00:20:50.638
  • and the discipline of gratitude.
  • 00:20:50.638 --> 00:20:52.473
  • I think that's abig deal for me.
  • 00:20:52.473 --> 00:20:54.742
  • Sometimes, you'rejust gonna keep going
  • 00:20:54.742 --> 00:20:57.078
  • and (mumbles)(everyone laughing)
  • 00:20:57.078 --> 00:20:58.279
  • and the boundariesand watching the news
  • 00:20:58.279 --> 00:21:01.282
  • and having those boundaries ofshutting that television off.
  • 00:21:01.282 --> 00:21:04.952
  • Say I'm not gonna thinkabout that anymore.
  • 00:21:04.952 --> 00:21:07.254
  • And I'm gonna begrateful for today
  • 00:21:07.254 --> 00:21:09.323
  • and what todayholds for me, Cece?
  • 00:21:09.323 --> 00:21:11.425
  • - That was awesome,Laurie, I loved that.
  • 00:21:12.660 --> 00:21:15.429
  • What Lisa said as well, asfar as it being a discipline,
  • 00:21:15.429 --> 00:21:18.566
  • it is a discipline and wealways have those choices
  • 00:21:20.067 --> 00:21:22.603
  • throughout the day.
  • 00:21:22.603 --> 00:21:23.904
  • If we're gonnachoose joy or not.
  • 00:21:23.904 --> 00:21:25.740
  • The discipline of are wegonna be led by our emotions,
  • 00:21:25.740 --> 00:21:29.810
  • or do we feel justified becauseof what we're going through,
  • 00:21:29.810 --> 00:21:33.047
  • or we're gonna choose tolive by the Word of God,
  • 00:21:33.047 --> 00:21:36.283
  • and allow the Holy Spiritto give us the strength
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  • that we need inorder to choose joy,
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  • and then for usto experience it.
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  • That's why the enemy fights usso hard when it comes to joy
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  • because he understandthe blessing
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  • of really abiding in joy.
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  • - Yes, it's so importantthat we remain in Him.
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  • Jesus said, "I am thevine you are the branches.
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  • "remain in me."
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  • We read that scripture earlier.
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  • And he prunes us, right?
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  • And sometimes that hurtsa little bit. (laughs)
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  • But he's lookingfor the end result.
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  • And we should belooking for that too.
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  • So maybe you'rewatching this today,
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  • and as we just shared,
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  • about taking joy back.
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  • As you just may be takinginventory of your life,
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  • during this quarantined time,these past couple of months,
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  • I think we've allhad time to reflect,
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  • and maybe say, I don't wannatake this into the next season.
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  • I wanna leave this.
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  • I'm gonna trade this in.
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  • I'm going to trade inmy sorrow for some joy.
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  • So as maybe you've just had time
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  • to reflect and take inventory,
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  • maybe you see some areasthat you've lost your joy.
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  • You can take it back
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  • and it is worthgetting vigilant over.
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  • It's worth fighting for.
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  • It is a gift Jesus,
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  • for the joy set beforeHim endured the cross.
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  • His joy is completein us because we are,
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  • the fruit now of his sacrifice.
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  • And so we justwanna pray with you.
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  • I just wanna encourage you,
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  • (slow piano music)
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  • as you think onthings, situations,
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  • things that havejust really crept in.
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  • It usually happens kinda slowly
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  • and when in, we don'teven realize that,
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  • that we've lost our joy.
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  • So Father, I justask you right now,
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  • for those that are watching God,
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  • I ask that you would
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  • just come right now
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  • to where my sistersare that are watching.
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  • Father, you are so goodand you are so faithful
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  • and we know that wehave been given access
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  • into your presence by theblood of Jesus that was shed.
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  • The enemy may tryto make us think
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  • that it's complicatedto come to you,
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  • but the truth is, it's notbecause Jesus made a way.
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  • And so right now wecome to you and we say,
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  • Jesus, restore our joy,
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  • restore our joy.
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  • Help us think and meditateon things that are pure,
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  • that are lovely, thatare of good rapport.
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  • Jesus, it's becauseof your sacrifice
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  • that we can be filledto overflowing.
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  • That thanksgiving and gratitudecan flow freely from us.
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  • And so today we make achoice to take back our joy.
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  • We make a choice
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  • to meditate onthings that are good,
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  • that are lovely, that are pure.
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  • We choose to believewhat you say about us.
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  • And we love you withall of our hearts
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  • and we thank you for oneof the fruits of the Spirit
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  • that is joy.
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  • And you said that yourkingdom is righteousness,
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  • peace and joy in the Holy Ghost.
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  • And so we choose totake back joy today.
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  • In Jesus' name, Amen.
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  • - Amen.
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  • - Amen, that your joymay be full. (laughs)
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  • I love that.
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  • Our better together communityis always here for you.
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  • You can connect withus on social media
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  • and let us know howwe can pray for you.
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  • We also love to hear from you.
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  • So you can go online
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  • and just give us alittle word or two.
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  • Thank you for joining us today.
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  • Who in your life bringsa smile to your face?
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  • I know these ladiesmake me laugh
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  • and tomorrow we're gonna talk
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  • about creatingmoments of laughter
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  • that can bring uscomfort and hope.
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  • We will see you then,
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  • and we're gonna maybe giggletogether a little bit.
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  • Love y'all, bye bye.
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  • (upbeat music)
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