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The Only Cure for After-Christmas Blues

Posted by Joy Martin on 2 January 2017 | 0 Comments

Tags: Christmas, empty, longings, joy, loneliness, empty

Christmas is over. The gifts have all been unwrapped, the
Christmas dinner eaten, the grandchildren have gone home! I
begin to clear away the debris (there is always a lot of
stuff to clean up) and I get an empty feeling. Yes, it was a
wonderful time with friends and family. The roast and gravy
were perfect, the pumpkin pies and custard puddings
delicious! The Christmas cantata was beautiful and the
Christmas cards were sweet. But now it's all done. The
memorable events that I had anticipated since November are
over. I've washed the piles of towels and sheets from my
guests, and put them back in the drawers, awaiting the next
visit of company. The last containers of leftovers are
finally eaten and the refrigerator is beginning to look
somewhat bare. I've at least begun the task of putting away
Christmas balls and other ornaments, I've mailed the last
late Christmas (now New Year's) card and updated my address
book.

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Weeds of "respectable sins"

Posted by Joy Martin on 20 September 2013 | 0 Comments

Tags: "respectable sins, " weeds, laziness, ingratitude, bitterness, anger, pride, selfishness

Roger and I recently read a book entitled "Respectable
Sins!" That seems like an odd title! Are there certain sins
that we consider respectable? We rightly stand against
murder and abortion. But I wonder if my "secret sins" offend
God just as much as the big political sins. No, I'm not into
pornography and I'm faithful to my husband, and I don't
cheat on my income tax! But how about pride, selfishness,
worry, covetousness, anger, and bitterness? It is shocking
to realize that these sins of the heart, often invisible to
others, grieve the Holy Spirit?

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How Does Your Garden Grow?

Posted by Joy Martin on 17 September 2013 | 0 Comments

Tags: garden, spiritual garden, joy, patience, gratitude, flowers, filled, understanding

"How Does Your Garden Grow?"

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Trip to Los Angeles California

Posted by Joy Martin on 28 August 2012 | 0 Comments

Tags: Roger Martin, ministry, church, George Muller

Just recently Roger and I returned from Los Angeles,
California, where we spent 5 wonderful days at the
Fundamental Baptist Tabernacle. About 140 people, including
ages 8 to 94, came to "Camp in the City" for Friday,
Saturday, Sunday, and Monday of Labor Day Weekend. It was an
amazing opportunity to share God's Word with folks from all
ages and at least 20 ethnic groups--China, Korea, Viet Nam,
Hong Kong, Japan, Philippines, Guatemala, SA, Columbia SA,
Mexico, Cuba, and many others. The church served lunch and
dinner daily to the whole group, and it was
delicious--wonderfully prepared and brought in individual
serving plates at our tables. The food was provided without
charge for all the visitors. While we ate, we enjoyed films
on John Newton, David Brainerd, the revivals occurring in
China, and other inspiring subjects. We ate birthday cake
and celebrated many birthdays, even watching Popeye films
from the 30's.

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No control

Posted by Joy Martin on 31 March 2011 | 0 Comments

Tags: control, events, rest in Him, weather,

This month our weather went up and down from temperatures in
the 30s and up to the 70s. I have learned to “double
dress”—I wear clothes that have layers that can be taken
off and added to according to the current temperature! At
school I have learned to adjust for varying temperature
settings in the classroom—perhaps freezing in the morning,
but in the afternoon blasting heat in a room already at 70
degrees! We can complain about the weather, but we can’t
change it—there are no thermostats for us to adjust.

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Stinkin Thinkin'

Posted by Joy Martin on 19 April 2010 | 0 Comments

Tags: attitudes, relationships, negativism, criticism, passivism, impatience, entitlement

I spoke this weekend on Stinkin Thinkin! (Charles Tremendous Jones coined that phrase.) Bad attitudes are contagious, they affect our relationships with people, and they reflect our relationship to God! Five sneaky bugs that contaminate our attitudes are 1. Negativism; 2. Criticism; 3. Passivism; 4. Impatience; and 5. Entitlement. I had a sweet time with the wonderful ladies (of all ages) at HPBC retreat!

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Anything you are or do in His name is ministry!

Posted by Joy Martin on 8 June 2009 | 0 Comments

Tags: fruit, failure, Jeremiah, encouragement

Recently I received an email from a former student of
mine-his words broke my heart. He described his painful
feelings of failure. When he was young, preachers had told
him that God had a great purpose for his life, and now, in
his 50's, he decided that these preachers had deceived him
What kind of great accomplishments had he ever made, he
asked. He had not become a great preacher or missionary. But
he had been true to a calling that he believed God had given
him, serving in a dangerous and difficult occupation in law
enforcement. Now in midlife, he felt betrayed because he
could show little of what he called "fruit."

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