Welcome to my blog! I hope to fill this spot with both travel articles, inspirational pieces and my photography. Hopefully, you’ll choose to read both. I love to travel and experience the world, whether it’s in my own hometown or across the globe. I also love to study and learn more about our awesome God and His plans for me and this amazing world He has created. So, if these interests are up your alley too – join me for some thoughtful “ramblings” from a Joyful Writer.
Here's a sad-looking demon perched on the side of a
bridge leading to the new Be My Guest Restaurant in the Magic Kingdom at Disney
World.I've never understood why statues
of demons are used around children or on churches as they so frequently are.It's just another example of how Satan blinds
people into seeing them as innocuous or better yet, as figments of the
imagination that are quite harmless, when the exact opposite is true.
I'm using this demon statue to represent Discouragement -
another negative in the arsenal of evil.This demon looks sad and pitiful, but don't let him fool you, the real
demon of Discouragement's intention is for you to be the one who is sad and pitiful.He wants you to be the one with a downcast
face and equally downcast spirits.
The Demon Discouragement influences us when we take our
eyes off God and start looking at what's going on around us.Sometimes,
all I have to do is read the newspaper or watch the news to become sad and
discouraged. There are times I feel like
I'm surrounded by sorrow.Discouragement
can be found around almost every corner and if we let it get a grip on us, our
sadness can spiral into hopelessness and actually sap our energy.
When Discouragement starts sticking his talons in your
business, refuse to let him in.Instead,
use the verse in Philippians 4:8 to lift your eyes to the Lord.Paul wrote, "Finally, brethren, whatever
things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever
things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report
... meditate on these things."
When you power up the positive thinking, the negatives
will disappear and as verse 9 says, "...the God of peace will be with
you."Now, that's a very