10 Powerful Verses to Restore Your Joy

God is in the business of renewal.

His mercies are new every morning. Want to discover His promises of joy for yourself? Check out these verses for some powerful encouragement.

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Meet Marva | Confidence Without Compromise #15

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Marva, British Virgin Islands

Founder, SunSparkleShine.com

Meet Marva. A writer, content creator, sun-lover, and follower of Christ. In this week’s feature, Marva talks about being tested in the faith, overcoming painful seasons, and experiencing God’s true love.

Q: What does “Confidence Without Compromise” mean to you?

A: Confidence without comprise means to live fully as the person God designed you to be without compromising His standards.

It’s so important for us as women to know where our confidence comes from.

It doesn’t come from our looks, our accomplishments, or how well put together we feel on any given day. Neither is our confidence based on comparison and how we measure up to the woman in the next house, cubicle, or blog. But if we listen to the world, we could easily fall for those lies. That’s why we need to stand on God’s Word and allow His standards to become our own.

Q: How has your faith given you confidence?

A: Over the last three years or so, I’ve really had my faith tested through different seasons of loss. Every year seemed to bring another calamity. One time it was the loss of my father. Another time, it was the loss of my youngest brother who never made it home from a fishing trip. Then it was the catastrophic loss of life as I knew it in the wake of the strongest hurricane ever to hit the Atlantic. Before we could recover from that, we lost my father-in-law. It just seemed to be one difficult season after another.

Yet during those painful times, I felt God leaning in close and reminding me that ‘this too shall pass,’ and you know what? It always did.

Now, when I’m faced with a difficult situation I remember those times, and my faith is strengthened. I can confidently claim that God is good–all the time. He’s been good in the good times, and He’s certainly been good in the bad times. Those faith-testing seasons have grown my confidence and my faith in God like nothing else could.

Do I want to go through any of that again? Certainly not. But I think about James 1:2-3, which tells us to count it joy when faced with trials. Why? Because this testing of our faith helps to mature us and make us complete in Christ.

Q: What is a go-to Bible verse that you turn to when you need confidence or hope?

A: Jeremiah 29:11 would have to be my go-to verse: “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” It’s such a beautiful reminder that life isn’t happening TO me, it’s happening FOR me because of the plans God has already set in place on my behalf.

Q: What encouragement would you give to other young women regarding living for the Lord?

A: The first thing I’d like to say is that you deserve better. And I say that because I know from my own story how easy it was to compromise my values, particularly when I was younger and wasn’t a Christian yet.

Looking back now, I’m glad that God had a better life for me, and He led me to find it.

I think that’s why I love that scripture in Jeremiah 29 so much, because as we read a bit further in verse 12 and 13, we see that not only does God have good plans for us but He also wants a relationship with us. He offers a better life than what the world could ever tempt us with. So, my encouragement is don’t compromise, seek God, and you will find Him. You will experience the good life, the life to the full that He designed for you.

Learn About SunSparkleShine

SunSparkleShine is an online ministry meant to encourage women to life fully in the lives God designed for them. I actually created the website weeks after my father died as a way to focus my attention on positive things and not on my grief. I wanted to offer encouragement to women in different seasons of life to help them shine for Christ. So, that includes resources and articles on Christian faith, intentional living, and overcoming difficulties, for example.

Q: How have you seen God work in your life and the lives of others during your involvement?

A: I’ve been amazed over the years at how God has used this ministry to minister to my own soul as well as those of the women who visit and engage with either the website or newsletter. I’m just humbled that from my tiny island in the Caribbean, I’ve been able to interact with women in the USA, Asia, Africa and Europe–all to the glory of God. It is my hope that God uses my words and my story to remind them that they can shine and live fully the way He intended.

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All Other Ground Is Sinking Sand

Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.

(Psalm 20:7 NIV)


Ever done a “trust fall?” You know, that go-to icebreaker everyone does at a school orientation, first night of camp, training at a new job–wherever.

You stand straight, close your eyes, keep your arms still, and fall back, knowing (hopefully) that there’s someone behind to catch you.

It’s a moment of vulnerability. For those few seconds in the air, you’re not supposed to stop yourself from falling. Instead, you trust someone else to help you.

But when you feel like you must catch yourself, trust doesn’t come easily.

One of my favorite hymns, “My Hope is Built on Nothing Less,” includes a familiar refrain:

On Christ the Solid Rock I stand

All other ground is sinking sand

Throughout the song, hymn writer Edward Mote emphasizes the fact that the Lord is our Rock–our strong foundation that can never be shaken and will not move.

Essentially, He’s the person you want behind you during a trust fall.

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Taking Steps of Faith vs. Steps of Fear | Video

You’ve heard it before: Actions speak louder than words.

Did you know that your actions reveal your level of faith? In today’s video, I discuss how to know if you’re acting in fear or faith–and how to take steps towards a deeper trust in God.

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Best Moisturizer for Braid Outs? | Crown of Glory Loc N Moisture Butter Review | Video

I’m a big fan of braid outs. In fact, it’s how I style my hair practically every day! So, finding a great moisturizer to ensure soft, smooth results is vital for my natural hair routine.

Today, I’m giving a product review of the Crown of Glory Natural Hair Care Loc -N- Moisture Butter (formerly Whipped Shea Moisturizer) on my hair. Will it moisturize my curls? In my review, I share my thoughts and style my hair using the product!

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Best Wash Day Products for Natural Hair

Wash day. As a natural hair girl, you either hate it or love it. Cleansing, deep conditioning, detangling, moisturizing, sealing, styling…there may be many steps in your kinky-curly hair routine, but of course, the results are worth it.

Whatever your feelings are, finding the right products for you can make the process wayy smoother and quicker.

Today, I’m sharing my favorite wash day products and current routine from start to finish! Keep reading for my mini product reviews below. Then, watch my YouTube video where I detail my entire routine.

Cheers to a wonderful wash day!

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