Genesis 5020

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James: Biblical Commentary by Joyce Meyer May 1, 2019

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Put your faith into practice on a daily basis and grasp the practical truths of God’s Word with this in-depth commentary on James from Internationally renowned Bible teacher.

James has so much to say about living a powerful and effective life in Christ. The book addresses a variety of topics important to growing your faith and teaches that you not only need to read the Word of God and know what it says, but you also need to act on it. In this comprehensive biblical commentary, Joyce Meyer offers you practical insights for studying the book of James, with room for personal reflections that will help you grasp the truths in God’s Word. You’ll discover how to identify life-changing wisdom and get a better understanding of God’s plan and purpose for your life.

Part of her first-ever biblical commentary series, Joyce’s book on James will stir your faith in God and inspire you to live it out in practical ways because of your love for Him and desire to glorify Him in your life.

My thoughts:

As with Joyce’s Ephesians commentary this book gives you a deeper look at the book of James. It’s always interesting to remind yourself that this was Jesus’s brother. What an unique perspective.

Joyce does a great job of taking look at each verse and giving the reader a deeper understanding of the them. I also like the chance to reflect on these verses and write my thoughts about them in response to the questions she poses.

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or your favorite retailer.

A copy of this book was given to me through All opinions are my own. 




Ephesians:Biblical Commentary by Joyce Meyer April 10, 2019

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Learn the importance of living in Christ and putting your relationship with Him first with this commentary on Ephesians from internationally renowned Bible teacher Joyce Meyer.

Paul’s letter to the Ephesians is a well-loved book of the Bible that teaches some of the most important lessons of faith: who you are in Christ, how you are to live as His follower, and how to gain victory in the spiritual battles you face. In this study tool, Joyce Meyer takes a close look at the meaning of those beloved verses, identifying key truths and incorporating room for personal reflection.

Joyce’s first-ever biblical commentary series provides eye-opening teachings that will help you develop a stronger relationship with God. As you take the time to study His Word, you’ll see how much He loves you and who you are in His image. Change will come, and your life will bear the good fruit that God intends!

My thoughts:

This is a great in depth look at the book of Ephesians. I enjoyed the stroll through the verses and a deeper look at what they mean and how they apply to our lives.

I did get to see a hardcover copy at the story and I would recommend grabbing that so you can actually write down you reflections and thoughts.

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A copy of this book was given to me through All opinions are my own. 


Living a Life You Love by Joyce Meyer July 4, 2018

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You may say that you love your family, your spouse, your church, or the Lord. You may also express love for more temporal things like a good cup of coffee, your home, or a nice dinner at your favorite restaurant. But it is rarer to truly say “I love my life!” 

It’s common to be more frustrated with life than at peace with it, because the daily grind wears you down. Responsibilities and burdens become heavy and rob you of the happiness you’re meant to have as a child of God. But you can be hopeful, learn to rise above your challenges, and be filled with wonder at what God might do every day.

Written by #1 New York Times bestselling author Joyce Meyer, who has gone from heartache to happiness through Christ, this book is the key to shifting your perspective so that you may also relish every moment and every part of life.

You will learn how to love life fully, in spite of your obstacles, and experience the happiness that is promised to you.

Joyce will explain:
Why you can’t love life unless love is the central theme of it,
Why your attitude affects your life more than any outside circumstances,
How the love, help, and kindness you give away will come back to you immeasurably,
How to look to the future and keep your joy,
And so much more!

God has already blessed you with a life to love–and it’s time to start LIVING A LIFE YOU LOVE.

My thoughts:

Mama Joyce will tell you like it is and she won’t hold back.

This is a practical book with sound advice that is easily applied to our lives.

One big thing that stuck out to me was using the word hate. Like I hate this hot weather. We really need to eliminate that work from our vocabulary. We can state a fact, like it’s so hot but using the word hate so much is really not good for us.

Of course, Joyce had much more advice in her book and ideas on how to better love your life. I plan on implementing many of them and start enjoying life again, somehow I have gotten away from truly enjoying everyday and looking for God in every moment.

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A copy of this book was given to me through  All opinions are my own. 


Enjoy Your Journey: Find the Treasure Hidden in Everyday by Joyce Meyer July 26, 2017

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#1 New York Times bestselling author Joyce Meyer offers a powerful, concise abridgment of Enjoying Where You Are on the Way to Where You Are Going. 

Are you enjoying every day of your life? Or do you tell yourself and others that you will find happiness once you have achieved a specific goal or position? Jesus came so that you might have and enjoy life (John 10:10). In this compact abridgment, Joyce Meyer combines biblical principles with personal experiences to explain how you can enjoy every day on your journey through life. You will learn such lessons as how to make the decision to enjoy life, how to rid yourself of regret, how to experience simplicity in life, how to find joy during times of waiting, and much more! Enjoying life is an attitude of the heart, and you can learn how to enjoy where you are on the way to where you are going.

My thoughts:

Joyce is always so good at reminding me of the truth of what the Bible says.

Do you enjoy life? I know many days I let little things get me down, for no reason. I need a change of heart and mind and this book is a great reminder of that.

A few quotes from the book that stood out of me:

From Chapter 2: “As believers, you and I have available to us the same quality of life that God has. His life is not filled with fear, stress, worry, anxiety or depression. God is not impatient, and He is in no hurry. He takes time to enjoy His creation, the works of His hands.”

How true is that. It didn’t have to take God six days to create everything. He is God, He could have done it in an instant, but he sat back and said, “It is good.” Lesson learned.

Another quote from Chapter 7: ” Believers in Christ should be bubbling over with life. It should be vibrant, alive, active, energized, peaceful and joy-filled.”

Does that sound like most believers you know? Does it even sound like you? That isn’t me most of the time. Truly sad.

Another one from Chapter 11 I am still pondering on: “Ishmael could not be heir with Isaac. The work of the flesh could not share in the work of the Lord.”

If you are looking for a book to give you a little kick in the backside this book will do it for ya!

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20 Ways to Make Everyday Better by Joyce Meyer April 12, 2017

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The traffic is backed up, the kids are screaming, and the car is making a funny noise again. Any one of these challenges can test our temperament and rob us of joy. Our impulse is to write today off and hope for a better tomorrow. However, this creates a hard pattern to break. One terrible day easily turns into many-and soon we’re living a life far from what God has in mind for us. A new, transforming sense of excitement, happiness, and contentment in our lives is possible when we pursue God’s goodness each day. In 20 WAYS TO MAKE EVERY DAY BETTER, Joyce Meyer shares biblical illustrations, actionable advice, uplifting stories, and the encouragement we need to start enjoying the life God created for us.





The Mind Connection Study Guide by Joyce Meyer June 8, 2016

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This study guide companion to The Mind Connection, by #1 New York Times bestselling author Joyce Meyer, will help readers utilize the power of positive thinking and understand the connection between the mind, mouth, moods, and attitudes.
Are your thoughts random and meaningless, or do they affect your life? In THE MIND CONNECTION STUDY GUIDE Joyce Meyer explains how the quality of your thoughts directly affects your quality of life. What you think impacts your entire life by influencing how you relate to yourself, to other people, and to God. Joyce expands on the wisdom of her bestsellers Battlefield of the Mind and Power Thoughts to show you how to develop and maintain the right mental position–no matter what challenges you face. The engaging illustrations and lessons in this book will help you learn to think with purpose as you journey toward the wonderful life you were meant to lead.

My thoughts:

I reviewed The Mind Connection a few months ago. The study guide would be a great addition when reading the book. For me I would prefer an actual book instead of the e-book, I like writing right in the book so I know what I am answering if I look back.

As I stated in my other review The Mind Connection takes The Battlefield of the Mind and Power Thoughts to the next level. I think anytime you do a study guide along with side your reading it will take you deeper and make you reflect on what you are reading.

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A copy of this book was given to me through in exchange for an honest review. 


The Mind Connection by Joyce Meyer October 20, 2015

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Joyce Meyer, #1 New York Times bestselling author, explores the power of positive thinking and the undeniable connection between the mind, mouth, moods, and attitudes.
Thoughts can seem random and meaningless, but they impact your life every day. It’s all connected. What you think affects your words, attitude, decisions, and emotions and influences how you relate to yourself, to other people, and to God.

In THE MIND CONNECTION, Joyce Meyer expands on the wisdom of her bestselling books Battlefield of the Mind and Power Thoughts to explain how to improve the quality of your thoughts and your life. She explores the undeniable connection between the mind, mouth, moods, and attitudes, so that you can develop and maintain the right mental position–no matter what challenges you face. Through practical advice and Scriptural insights, Joyce will help you learn to think with purpose, gain greater confidence, and claim the fulfilling life you were meant to lead.

My thoughts:

It’s good to be back with Mama Joyce. I so enjoy all of her books about the mind. She really is the go-to person when it comes to learning to change the way you think.

If you have read her other two books, Battlefield of the Mind, and Power Thoughts, you will love this one. It is a refresher on those two books but also will take you a bit deeper.

For me I have read both of those books but I am not likely to read a book twice but I will read something new so The Mind Connection was great. It reminded me of all the stuff I already knew but easily forget under the craziness of life.

If you are a fan of Joyce’s other books about the mind then this is a must-read for you. It will be like sitting down with a loving mother giving you a reminder of things she taught you once before 🙂

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An e-copy of this book was given to me by the publisher through in exchange for an honest reivew. 


Jump November 8, 2013

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man jumping 2My son and I have this nightly ritual we do when I put him to bed. He takes a flying leap off his bed right into my arms. He loves to see how far he can jump and how far I can stand away from the bed and still catch him (this makes me a little nervous).

One night he said he wanted to jump without me there to catch him. So I moved to the side and he jumped.

He stood back up, looked at me and said, “I jump further with you.”

Those five words stopped me.

I jump further with you.

Wow. It hit me.

I jump further with Jesus.

If we tell Jesus we can handle something He will step aside and allow us to jump. But the thing is when we jump without Him we can’t go as far. We can only go as far and do as much, as our natural selves can do in the flesh.

But with Jesus…..

I jump further.

I can do more for Him when I jump with Him.

And the cool thing is, even if it looks scary we can do it afraid (as Joyce Meyer says) because we know Jesus will be there to catch us.

Are you ready to jump into the arms of your Savior?

What is He asking you to do that you have been afraid to do, or what have  you been trying to do on  your own?

Whatever it is, you’ll jump further with Jesus.


Write to the Point with Diane Graham August 15, 2012

Before we get to this weeks interview I just wanted to let my readers know I will not be blogging on Friday. I will be going to see Joyce Meyer and worshipping with Isreal Houghton with a great group of ladies. I am so excited! I will get back to my Genesis 5020 next week.

Congratulations to Judy and Pam who won one of Becky Lyles’ books from last week.

This week we get write to the point with Diane M. Graham.

Tell us about yourself, family, where are you from, how long have you been writing?

I live with a certifiable (by me) hottie. He’s also known by others as Mr. Graham and I’ve had hold of him since we were both old enough to know love and young enough to fall into it face-first. Over twenty years later and I am thankful for the initial blind-stupid-love. It saved us from foolish ideologies of what love “should” be and allowed us to raise five children in the love of our own making. Currently, our brand of love resides on a small mountain in Eastern Oklahoma. I’ve been writing for almost five years.

How did you come to know Jesus as your Savior?

Hmm…I’ve always known Jesus as my Lord and Savior. Momma made sure and I can honestly say I never doubted. The real question would be when I stopped kicking and screaming for my own will like a spoil child that had been denied a lollipop? I’ll let you know when that happens.  

Tell us about your latest book(s). What do want your readers to take away after the last page?

My novel I Am Ocilla was published in March of this year with Splashdown Books. My greatest hope when readers close the last page is that in order for them to find themselves in life…truly find themselves…they must find what they are in Christ.

Open your heart and mind to the simplicity and complexity of a name.

I know only my name. Beyond that is confusion, a void where fantasy and reality swirl together. Fairies, Giants, Elves, Dwarves, ancient Keepers, and…Dragons? A dark soul threatens the Five Kingdoms, but I am powerless to stand against him, overwhelmed by phantom memories, broken and lost.

Somehow, I must live. I must find my purpose. There are friends to love and battles to fight.

I know my name. Perhaps that is enough.

I am Ocilla.

This is my story.


How often do you blog and what do you cover in your blog?

I blog when I feel like it. I know that is not the right answer us writers are supposed to give but it is the truth, and I always tell the truth. That comes out in my blogging, where I cover anything and everything in life, from sex to politics, to parenting, to faith and all the grey in between. I’m not afraid to breach the topics most are terrified of.

Can you share with us a favorite book you have read?

I don’t think I can. There are too many. One of my favorite classics is Dickens’ Great Expectations. It was the first true novel I ever read. “It was the best of times. It was the worst of times” will forever be etched into my mind. C.S. Lewis captured my heart with The Magicians Nephew and carried me through to The Last Battle. Madeline L’Engle twisted me in A Wrinkle in Time and didn’t shake me until An Acceptable Time.  Recently, I have been enamored with artists such as Kerry Nietz, Marc Schooley, Frank Creed, Kat Heckenbach, Keven Newsome, Paul Baines and Robynn Tolbert. Do you see a trend here? I love the wonderful, the dark, the deep and uber-cool. How can I name just one when the choices are this bountiful?

Can you share with us a Genesis 5020 in your life?

(Diane said her Genesis 5020 was a doosie, you her story by clicking on the links below.)


Do you have a life and/or a ministry verse?

Life is so hard. Evil waits at ever corner to hobble our way. I remind myself that my Father sees all and He is in control.

Psalms 121:

1 I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.
2 My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.
3 He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.
4 Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand.
6 The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.
7 The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.
8 The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.1

Where can we find you on the web?

I am at:

My page-


The New Authors Fellowship-


Is there anything I didn’t ask that you would like to add?

Every day I awake knowing the devil is out to get me. It’s what I signed up for. It’s what all of us Saints signed up for. I stand boldly on a foundation that cannot be shaken and that tends to give me a little more bounce in each one of my steps.

Thank you for having me, Melissa.  

Thank you for sharing, I truly appreciate it.

Readers, Diane is giving away your choice of paperback or ebook of her book. Leave a comment by August  21 at 5:00 pm to be entered.