I am a Christian first and foremost and my relationship with the Lord is the most important thing in my life. I have been walking with the Lord for many years and I have always found Him to be faithful. His love surpasses any other love I have ever known. God has gifted me to be an exhorter (encourager) to people and I guess if someone asked me what I do, I would have to say that I am a cheerleader.  I am sure that would puzzle many people because I definitely don’t look like a cheerleader and I don’t jump around, yell cheers and wave pompoms but I am most definitely a cheerleader! My calling in this life is to encourage people and bring joy into their lives. The best way to experience true joy is to know the One who is the giver of joy! Happiness is fleeting and can be based on whether things are going the way we want them to go. Joy is different than happiness because it is inward and not based on outward circumstances. Joy is one of the fruit of the Spirit that is mentioned in Galatians 5:22-23 in the Bible. The verses say: “but the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” It is my desire to encourage people over the course of my life and if I can help people find the Source of true joy, then I will have used the gift that God put in me.

I have been told that I should start a blog and so I finally did it! My prayer is that anyone who stops by this blog will somehow be blessed, encouraged and/or challenged to grow and walk in the gifts that they have been given so they can continue to spread the joy that comes from knowing, loving and being loved by God. I would love to read your comments and I look forward to hearing from my readers.

God bless you!

Patricia Styers