Friday, December 24, 2021


He Came from the Father…

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

He is the way to the Father…

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

He is the gift of eternal life from the Father…

For by grace, you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.

 He is our Hope…

Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming.

He came, He is the way, He is the gift, and He is our Hope!

We at Pure Joy International Retreat Ministry encourage you this Christmas weekend to remember to take hold of these simple truths and promises from God as foundational for weathering the storms of this world.    

       Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Pure Joy Staff, Board and Advisors

Monday, December 6, 2021

One Fly…

I suppose that we have all had the experience of having “one fly” buzzing around in our home or office while we are focused on doing something. I do not know about you, but it is amazing to me how quickly that “one fly” can become a “Big” distraction. At first, it is a glance at the fly and you just kind of swish it away and continue with what you were doing. Then there it is again, and you swish it away again, and then again. Now the glance has turned into a gaze, and you start to get a little frustrated. So, you grab something to swat it with, without having to stop what you are doing to find a flyswatter. Of course, most times there is nothing readily available. So, you try to get back to what you were doing. However, that “one fly” just will not give it a rest! Trust me, if you have had this experience, you are fully engaged in my emotions right now. LOL  The result is you end up getting up and going to find a flyswatter, which also, can be a distraction if it is not where it is supposed to be! But now that you have found the flyswatter and your focus had been fully diverted to the fly, it is nowhere to be seen! All of this can take anywhere from 5-10 minutes of your time or more if the lingering effects of not seeing the fly is wearing on you. LOL 

I share this story with you because the enemy (Satan) loves to use distractions in our life’s to effectively draw us away from our intimacy with God. Usually, it is not anything big to start with, but it can be. The enemy uses everyday life, marriage, family, kids, our job, ministry, etc., to distract us from our time with the LORD and get our attention. Once he draws us away, we become prey for the enemy! 

As we go into the rush of Christmas Season with a world already experiencing chaos and full of distractions of all kinds, do not let the enemy lure you away from your intimacy with God. Worship Him, Celebrate His Birth and take every action needed to keep your focus on Him. Bow the knee, stay in the Word, fellowship with other followers of Christ and share the truth and hope of the Gospel with a lost world. 

1 Peter 5:6-9    Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world.


His, Vickie