Overcoming the Joy-Sucker of Financial Struggles

I don't think I'm the right person to try to teach others about joy. It's one of the fruits of the Spirit that I have the hardest time with. Not that any of them are easy, but joy is one of the harder ones for me. God has always provided. I know that. I've seen Him do it time and again. But every time we lose income, every time we have financial trouble, I fall right back into that habit of worrying.

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How to "Spring" into Joy & Peace by Growing in Gratitude

It's so easy for me to give thanks in the spring! I've always thought the Thanksgiving holiday ought to be in the spring.

But I have to confess: at all other times, gratitude doesn't come naturally to me. My mind naturally focuses on the tasks I need to get to done, the problems I need to solve, or the flaws I wish I could change. I don't normally enjoy joy and peace. I'm too busy.

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How to Find Trust in Jesus: From Truth to Trust

We hear all the time that we just need to “trust in Jesus more.”  But what exactly does this mean?  How do we learn to trust Him more?  I have reverse-engineered the path from Trust.  If trust Requires Hope, Hope Requires Faith, Faith Requires Belief, and Belief Requires Truth, then we need to start with Truth.

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