January 2015 archive

Netflix Addiction Kills Relationships

Netflix Addiction As of today, 57.4 million people subscribe to Netflix. Out of the millions of subscribers, it is estimated that 61% of them binge watch shows every week. These viewers spend an average of over 1 billion hours a month watching their favorite TV shows and movies.

I searched “Netflix addiction” on Google and found millions of hits that included thousands of blog posts. Here are a few titles: 12 Signs That You’re Addicted to Netflix, Confessions of a Netflix Addict, and my personal favorite – “21 Signs Your Relationship With Netflix Has Gotten Out Of Control”.

Millions of people in our world have a relationship with Netflix. Do you have one too? Do you frequently binge watch on Netflix?

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Do You Lack Patience?

Do you lack patience?

I’m impatient. I don’t like waiting. I see what I want and I want it. I’m a planner and I have a beautiful plan for how I want my life to go. In my mind, this plan is perfect. Does this sound like you? We have to remember, our plans may not be God’s plans.

When our lives aren’t going according to our plans – we ask God, “Why won’t you do things our way for a change?”

We expect God to love our plan even when we reject his. Have you rejected God’s plan and decided that your plan is better? God tells us to obey him. In the book of Job, Job questions God. God responds by stating, “Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?” (Job 38:2).

Just like Job, we take God’s plans and confuse them with our own words that have no knowledge. Where you there when God laid the earth’s foundation? No, yet why do we doubt God’s plan?

If we don’t like God’s rules or his plan we ask for an exception. Here are some examples: (more…)

Never Give Up On Unbelievers

Never Give Up On Unbelievers Do you ever wonder if God cares about the people who don’t love him? While being a college student, I wondered this daily. I questioned, “Jesus, will my classmates ever know you?” I recently read through Psalm 62 and found encouragement, hope, and some answers.

The main point of the passage – we can never give up on others because God never gave up on us. (Tweet this!)

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15 Bible Verses on Goals

Goals We are now 18 days into the new year! How are you doing with your goals? Maybe you feel like I do – stressed with deadlines, busy with to-do lists, and countless e-mails that need replies. Are you as overwhelmed as I am? Some days it is hard to believe my 2015 goals are even possible.

If you are already feeling defeated  – you are not alone. Just because you are struggling does not mean you should give up. For some reason you decided to create these goals for yourself. Together, we need to turn to scripture to see what God says about setting goals and sticking to them. Together we can achieve our goals.

Here are 15 Bible verses about goals. (All passages are from the ESV Bible.)

  1. “But you, take courage! Do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded.” – 2 Chronicles 15:7. Don’t give up on your goals!
  2. Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” – Hebrews 12:1-2. We must always keep our eyes on Jesus. When we are struggling reaching our goals – focus on Jesus. When we are succeeding in reaching our goals – focus on Jesus.
  3. “May he grant you your heart’s desire and fulfill all your plans!” – Psalm 20:4.
  4.  “He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” – Mathew 17:20.
  5. “For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it?” – Luke 14:28. Make sure your goals are challenging, yet realistic. God can move mountains (See Mathew 17:20 above), but we still have a part to play.
  6. “The counsel of the Lord stands forever, the plans of his heart to all generations.” – Psalm 33:11. Make God the center of your plans.
  7. “Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For on him God the Father has set his seal.” – John 6:27. When setting and sticking to goals, keep your eyes focused on your eternal rewards.
  8. “Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act.” – Psalm 37:4-5.
  9. “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” – Philippians 4:8. Make your goals have each of these character traits.
  10. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” – Philippians 4:13.
  11. Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised.” – Hebrews 10:35-36. 
  12. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” – Romans 12:2. For each of your goals – ask yourself, “Is this goal good, pleasing and God’s will for my life?”
  13. Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord.” – Jeremiah 17:7. Pray that you would begin to trust that God can reach your goals. 
  14. “The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.” – Proverbs 16:9. You may have one plan, but God may have another. Don’t be afraid to change your goals if God leads you in a new direction.
  15. “Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.  Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” – James 4:13-15. Friends, our lives are fleeting mist. Make sure your goals matter, because we have a limited time on this earth.

My hope and prayer is that these verses will provide encouragement to you this year as you keep pursuing your goals. Comment below with tips or encouragement that has helped you succeed in reaching goals. Feel free to share the photo below on Pinterest or social media. =] Goals

 

You Can Dance With God – What I Learned in Puerto Rico

A few weeks ago, I went on the trip of a lifetime to Puerto Rico with my friend Alexandra. We had an amazing time exploring the island and visiting all the tourist attractions. I expected to have an amazing time, but something happened that I was not expecting. God brought me to Puerto Rico to show me a deeper glimpse of his love.

 

Dancing with God

I’m sorry that this photo is blurry, but salsa dancing is a fast moving activity! In Puerto Rico, everyone loves to dance. Edgardo, pictured above on the right, told me that salsa dancing is as vital as walking.

I barely knew what I was doing, but Edgardo led me through the motions of salsa dancing. He took my left hand and placed it on his shoulder and held my right hand with his left hand. As he led me through the steps, there were a few mistakes, but mostly I spun around confidently. Every now and then I would step on his foot, we would laugh it off and keep dancing. His leadership and guiding hands were so gentle and sweet. I had a blast and felt like a cherished dance partner.

After a night of dancing, I asked God, “Why can’t I dance with you? I want to experience these feelings with you God. I want your love to lift me off my feet and spin me in a circle. I don’t want to just know you love me, I want to experience your love.”

I went to bed that night wondering why I couldn’t dance with God. That is when I remembered a Psalm that I had read that very morning. I got up, opened my Bible and read exactly what I had read that morning.

“and your right hand supported me, and your gentleness made me great. You gave a wide place for my steps under me, and my feet did not slip.” Psalm 18:35-36.

To me, those words sounds like dancing. When dancing with God, my feet would never slip and his right hand would support me just like Edgardo’s right hand. God showed me a glimpse into his gentleness during that salsa dance.

One of my college friends always said what she looks forward to most about heaven is getting to dance with Jesus. I never understood what she meant until this moment. I can’t wait to dance with Jesus face to face, but I can still experience him now. I can experience his support, gentleness, and guidance, as if we were salsa dancing and he was the leader.

Take God’s hand. His hand is there for support.

Take God’s hand. His gentleness can make you great.

Take God’s hand. Your feet will not slip.

Take God’s hand. Join him in the dance.


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2015 Goals – Blogging with Purpose

2015 Goals New year, same mission – to have women experience Jesus, experience his joy, and experience his healing. I desire for each and every one of you to know how powerful your story is, that Jesus has a purpose and plan for your life, and that you are his precious beautiful daughter.

To reach even more women with this message, I have created goals for 2015. I need your help to reach every single goal. I need you to share this blog with the other women you know. Share it with the women in your small groups and the women you work with. Share it with your young cousins in middle and high school. Share it with anyone who you think the message needs to reach. Thank you for spreading the message of JP Ministries!

As we celebrate the new year, here are the goals of JP Ministries for 2015!

MINISTRY GOALS

  • To know and pursue Jesus with everything.
  • Make sure God is the center of every decision for the ministry.
  • To love others. Specifically for this ministry, that means always remembering who my audience is and what their needs are.
  • To write vulnerable, authentic, and real posts 2-3 times a week.
  • Start creating podcasts.
  • Create 4 YouTube Videos.
  • Speak at 2 Churches.
  • Double the social media and e-mail subscribers.
  • Create ministry resources. Including one free download a month.
  • Guest post on 2 other blogs a month. Including a monthly feature on Triple Braided Life.
  • Expand Etsy shop to sell Mugs and Journals and ministry resources.
  • Launch 2 new series. Here is a sneak peak at one of the titles — Let the Redeemed Tell Their Story.
  • Once a month share my favorite post from other sites. The blogger will be featured as my monthly favorite.
  • Plan one day a month to dream. Pray and ask God where he wants me to take this ministry and think about where I would like to see this ministry go in the next year.

It is so important to set goals for yourself and your ministry. Write your goals down and then hang them in key places that you will see daily.

I also wanted to share my personal goals for the year. I want to publicly write my goals as a form of accountability. My hope is to come back to this list at the end of each month and see how I am doing.

PERSONAL GOALS

  • Daily time in the Word & in prayer.
  • Make time for rest.
  • Make time to play.
  • Paint more.
  • Send a card or note of encouragement to someone once a week.
  • More of God, less of me.
  • Exercise 4-5 times a week.
  • Invest in the women God has put in my life.
  • Disciple women.
  • Take control of my personal finances. Budget my spending.
  • Elimination of the foods I’m allergic and intolerant to.

My personal and ministry goals are not set in stone. I am continuing to pray and work through them. If God decides to lead the ministry another way, I will follow his lead. The above lists are a way for me to dream about the future. Remember, I need you to reach these goals. Thank you for being a part of JP Ministries!

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2014 Reflections + A Heart of Thankfulness

2014 Reflections What an amazing year it has been for JP Ministries! 2014 is the birth year for this ministry and I could not have asked for a better first year. I’m so thankful for you, my faithful readers, who have helped this blog grow. Without you, this blog would not exist. After Jesus, YOU are the heart and soul of this ministry.

I want to list a few reflections from 2014 because I want you to share with me in the excitement of all the accomplishments of this ministry. God has continued to pour blessing on this ministry, and used the blog in ways I never thought possible. God gets all the glory! God has given me a passion for blogging, and I am so thankful that I get to use that passion on joypedrow.com. I write posts about topics you need and create resources that help you right where you are. Friends, I do this because I want you to grow closer to Jesus and experience all he has planned for your life.

I will share the 2014 accomplishments, thank the people who have encouraged me in this journey, and then in another post share the 2015 goals. This way you will know where JP Ministries plans on going and what to look for next.

How awesome is God! Here are a few of JP Ministries’ accomplishments from 2014:

I also wanted to take the time to thank a few key people who have been huge supporters to the start of this ministry.

Thank you: God, all of my readers, Mom, Dad, Ashlee Proffitt, Becky Turke, Alex Suarez, Mackenzie Meola, Brooke Durham, The Hartmans, my roommates, the Ville girls, my Aletheia Family, my Cru family, Rachael Conner, Cheyenne Prosper, April Easterly, Kelsie Vokes, Erin and Derek Davenport, John and Kerri Schneider, Plylicia Masonheimer, Bonnie Getchell, Ashley Motley, Tasha Rennels, Carol Osborne, Chad Young, Bonnie Silvestri, my SYI family, and Lindsey Balogh.

Each one of you encouraged and helped me in your own unique way. Thank you for everything you have done for me, this blog, and ministry. I love you all so much!

Stay posted for the goals for 2015 and sneak peaks into some exciting projects.

 

Check out your favorite blog posts from 2014 based on readership and shares!

Leave a comment to share what you would like to read about in 2015!