Fireworks, Faith, & Moving Forward
For those in America, the fourth of July is the day when we celebrate the birth of our nation with big, bold fireworks. This year that holiday holds even more significance for our family since our sweet son-in-love, Joshua Brown, recently became a United States citizen!
After a long ten-year wait, Josh was sworn in with over 100 others who were eagerly anticipating their moment to officially declare that the dream of citizenship was finally realized. Throughout this lengthy process, I know Josh wavered and wondered if the journey was even worth it. But instead of quitting he held onto hope, convinced of God’s promise in Galatians 6:9, which says, “At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.”
So what God-given goal are you aiming for? What dream in your heart seems just out of reach? I want to encourage you to keep moving forward in faith. Just like Josh I believe you’ll reap a harvest of blessing – worthy of heaven’s fireworks – if you don’t give up!
Easter in India: An Adventure in Faith
What an incredible time we had in India! Invited by Dr. Satish Kumar, Senior Founding Pastor of Calvary Temple in Hyderabad, my sweetheart preached eight services over Easter weekend, with a combined total of more than 500,000 people in attendance!
As one of the largest churches in the world, it’s estimated that 100,000 hearts were surrendered to Christ in just two days. And to make the moments even sweeter, we got to experience each service with family as Jonathan, Suzy, Josh and Rachel joined us on this exciting adventure in faith!
India has always held such a special place in my heart, which is why it was an honor to be a part of what God’s doing here to draw people to Jesus. Seeing lives transformed for eternity never ever gets old. And I’m so thankful for the blessing of sharing it with you!
Baby Weiss is on the Way!
During a month where mothers are celebrated and a season when God makes all things new, I am so excited to announce the latest addition to our family. Recently, our daughter Rebecca and son-in-love Jonathan Weiss revealed they are having a bouncing baby boy!
Due this September, my sweetheart and I are counting the days until his arrival! We have loved every moment of our time as “Noni” and “Poppy” to our grandchildren, Israel and Arielle, and my heart is overflowing as we prepare to meet this precious little one. Life is truly a gift from God, and I’m so thankful to share His blessings with you!
Spring Heart for the World recently wrapped, and I’m in awe of how our partners answered the call to join us in transforming lives around the globe. Through your support, and the dynamic ministry of our guest speakers, Daystar is piercing the darkness with the power of the Gospel!
From embracing a life of bold faith to the blessings of standing with Israel, these encouraging programs revealed how sowing into the Kingdom of God can impact eternity. Because of you, people once imprisoned by pain will soon meet the Ultimate Healer and be set free. I can’t thank you enough for your courage, compassion, and commitment to share our Heart for the World!
For Such a Time as This…
This month, Jews around the world will celebrate Purim honoring God’s divine deliverance made possible by one woman’s obedience!
Thousands of years ago, a royal edict was issued in ancient Persia to destroy the Jewish people living in that region. As Queen, Esther was their only hope, and her uncle Mordecai urged her to approach the king, reveal her Jewish ancestry, and ask that the order be reversed – an act punishable by execution.
“If you remain silent at this time…you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:14)
Faced with devastating consequences, Queen Esther had a life-changing choice to make. Would she dare draw near to the king uninvited and endure the possibility of death? Or shrink back in fear while her family was destroyed? Armed with quiet courage, Esther humbly moved toward the king and set in motion a chain of events ultimately leading to the salvation of her people!
Like Esther, you were created with such precision that no other person can do what you are called to do. Made alive at the very moment in history when your life can have the greatest impact on those around you. That’s how important you are to God!
So I want to encourage you today to simply put your trust in His promises. Take bold steps of faith, and watch your destiny be further revealed. Remember, you were born for such a time as this!
Everlasting, Unfailing, & Yours…
Like many of you, February holds a special place in my heart. That’s because more than 35 years ago, my sweetheart proposed on Valentine’s Day and our journey to becoming one officially began!
Wanting every detail to be meaningful and fun, Marcus carefully concealed the proposal in a fortune cookie at one of my favorite restaurants, The Dragon Den. Breaking it open, I slowly read the words that changed my life forever, “Joni Lynn, will you marry me?” Filled with joy and surprise, I said yes!
Later, after discovering my engagement ring wrapped in a heart-shaped box of chocolates, I remember thinking about all the time and energy Marcus spent precisely planning this moment. And as incredible as it was – and still is – God’s plan to love and redeem you through Jesus Christ is even better!
So, while Valentine’s Day floods my heart with warm memories, it may remind you of fresh pain. Whether it’s a broken relationship, the loss of a loved one, or the ache of hope deferred because the right one still hasn’t been revealed, you can experience the beauty and fullness of the Father’s heart for you.
Jesus paid the price so that God could hold you in His arms and whisper words of peace and purpose. I pray you’ll reach out to Him and celebrate a love that’s everlasting, unfailing, and yours – today and every day!
I Am David
Did you know you were created for a life of greatness?
It’s true! But many times, unresolved pain from the past can stand in the way of a blessed future. The good news is there’s hope, and it can be found by looking deeper into the life of King David!
January 1-4, one of my favorite guests, Pastor Jimmy Evans, will join me on Joni Table Talk to share his four-part series, I Am David. In this revealing teaching, you’ll discover how to overcome the obstacles holding you back, empowering you to fulfill your divine destiny!
Though far from perfect, the life of David proves that that with God, all things are possible.
From the devastating wounds of his childhood to his triumphant victories in battle, get an honest look at how this “man after God’s own heart” rose above every setback, failure and disappointment to become Israel’s greatest king!
So whether it’s dealing with rejection or defeating lust, you can experience freedom in Christ! My prayer is that you’ll tune in for these special programs and find hope and healing, transforming you pain into purpose and giving you the boldness to respond to the whisper of greatness in your heart!
January 1 – I Am David Pt. 1 / The Wounded Son
January 2 – I Am David Pt. 2 / The Waiting King
January 3 – I Am David Pt. 3 / The Warrior
January 4 – I Am David Pt. 4 / The Winner