Friday, December 30, 2022

“He who keeps the treasure bears the care”

As I was spending time in prayer about the blog and several other things this week, God orchestrated me in the most interesting way through a back door of some old files to a blog I had written in 2014. Wow! Almost 9 years ago. I am sharing a portion of it with you again because I believe God shared it with me again. In this day and time where life is getting more difficult (God’s word makes it clear in 2 Timothy 3:1-5 it will) I sensed this blog was one of those things that was worth resharing. Enjoy but seriously ponder as well. The following is a paraphrased version of an article by John McKonkey.

There once was a man that inherited a diamond at the death of a relative. Turns out the diamond was absolutely priceless. The man carried it with him where-ever he went to protect it and keep it safe. After some time, the man begins to get paranoid about someone taking the diamond from him, mugging him on the street. So, he started to go out less and less and stayed home more and more.

Eventually, he begins to think about what if someone breaks into my house and steals the diamond. So, he put up the most expensive home protections system you could buy. By now the man had few friends, he never went out. One day his good friend came to his house and announced, We are going out, get your diamond. The man reluctantly followed the man to the vehicle. Once in the car the man's friend proceeded to drive him directly to a very nice bank. They walked into the bank with the man with the diamond following his friend through all the doors and rooms until they reached a nice size vault. The friend said, I purchased this for you. It is yours to keep your diamond in. Absolutely no-one can get in here once we close the door today except you. I want you to leave your diamond here. You can come see it anytime you choose. The man finally agreed after much fretting and the two of them left the bank. Every day for weeks the man would go check on the diamond and each time it was there. Slowly he began to go every other day, then only twice a week, then only once a week until finally he went weeks without checking on the diamond. He finally reached the place to check on it whenever he felt like it which was not much because he knew where it was and that it was safe. Thus, the quote.... "He who keeps the treasure bears the care.”  

When I finished that article, I realized that God was saying to me, Vickie I know that your family is your earthly treasure. And you stay concerned for them a lot. But you cannot bear the care anymore. It is too much. It keeps you from having the life I intended for you to have. It was like the LORD said, give me those treasures I can bear the care!

 So, I ask you today. Are you holding on to your treasures? Because if you are, you bear the care! Let go and let Him have the treasure and bear the care because He can! And yes, it is a process. A continual process I can promise you! And yes, you will want to go back and forth to the vault. But the most important question is, have you placed your treasures in the vault (GOD) to start with?

1 Peter 5:7

Cast all your anxiety on him because He cares for you.




 Blessings as you step into the New Year 2023


Wednesday, December 21, 2022

Lisbon, Portugal…

In April of 2020 we were schedule to do a Pure Joy International Retreat in Lisbon, Portugal.  The team was ready to go, the missionary women on the field were ready to attend.  Then Covid-19 hit, and we had to cancel the retreat. 

It is with great excitement that we the staff of Pure Joy International share with you, the retreat has been rescheduled for April 26-29, 2023. We have done our best to try and contact everyone that had been previously registered for the 2020 retreat to confirm their spot if they wished to reclaim it.  Those deadlines have now passed with 13 open spots opened-up.  If you are interested in attending the retreat, please click Here and fill out the registration form.  It will be first come first serve.  We will go to a waiting list if needed.  If you have questions, contact me at

You may also sign up from our Website home page at

Wishing each and everyone of you a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS! 



Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Christmas 2022…


Greetings to all our Pure Joy international family and friends near and far.  It is with great joy that we join you in the celebration of our Lord and Savior this Christmas Season.

Many of you have asked about when we will be traveling again overseas.  Well, the answer is starting in April of 2023.   We will be traveling to Lisbon, Portugal to make good on our plans to go there in April of 2020.  Covid had a different plan at the time.  However, the retreat has been rescheduled for April 26-29, 2023.  We have done our best to contact each lady that registered for the original retreat in 2020.   If you were registered and didn’t receive an email from us, please contact me at    We still have some open spots and they will open up next week to missionary women serving outside their country of origin with a sending church or mission organization.  You will just need to go to our web Home page next week and follow the instructions to register. 

There is lots going on at Pure Joy International and I will be sharing that with you in our next blog, it’s exciting you won’t want to miss it.

In the meantime,

                                                       Merry Christmas From:

     The Staff, Board, and Advisors of Pure Joy

International Retreat Ministry, Inc