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The Joy of the Lord
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Well, Christmas and New Years are a thing of the past. I hope yours was as full of joy as mine was.

This season really got me thinking about the Joy of the Lord and how the Bible says it’s our strength.  Ever wonder why our own joy isn’t mentioned as our strength? My celebration of the happiest time of the year, while very joyful, kept intersecting with sadness.

Let me explain. My mom passed away last New Year’s Eve so this was our first Christmas without her. Over the holidays two of my distant relatives passed away, just as my mom had around Christmas time. In our community, we lost several young people to tragedies. To be honest, my joy was short-lived and overshadowed by a fallen world and its consequences. 

All this really brought into focus was how fleeting and insecure my joy is and why I need to make the Lord’s Joy my strength. Knowing His love and being in His will gives Him joy and that in turn strengthens me in this fallen world.

  • PRAISE 106.5 DJ - Morning Show
    I have been with CRISTA Media for over 35 years. In addition to hosting weekday mornings, I'm the day-to-day guy as Operations Manager. Originally from Florida, I met my wife, Sharon at Dordt College in Iowa, and moved to her hometown of Lynden. I started working at PRAISE and haven't stopped! I have 2 boys; Hunter, and his beautiful wife Aimee (and their sons Canyon, Wyatt and Silas), and Chase, and his lovely wife Samantha (and their daughter Clarke).

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  1. Laurie Shumanski posted on 01/07/2014 06:18 PM
    I feel your pain, saddens and sorrow, we lost my 23 year old niece Kirsti tragically and suddenly. It has been very hard and difficult moving forward but I know it is what we must do. I am grateful for your radio station, the songs are inspiring, they really help. God bless to you, your family and the station!!
  2. SHERRY SHAWE posted on 01/07/2014 06:28 PM
    Dear Jim and all our brother and sisters in Christ,

    I too, lost a mother on Dec. 21st and my dad on Dec. 25th a few years ago, so I do know of the mixed emotions of the holiday season, but I can truly rejoice, because I know both of them were saved before they left us. Neither of them knew the Lord until they became ill and so it was once again "by the grace of God" and His love that gave my family such a Christmas blessing on top of the greatest blessing of all. And yes it is so tragic what is happening in our community. We all need to pray without ceasing for our falling world. There are too many who will be "left behind" without us taking God's word to them. I love Praise radio, it truly helps me to stay on track and thank you Jim and Lynette, you are both such a blessing.
  3. Kerri posted on 01/08/2014 04:53 AM
    So sorry Jim. Thanks for sharing your heart and will be praying for you. I felt that way a little to. A family member has cancer and it is a fallen world. I live with chronic pain and hard to enjoy stuff sometimes.
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