THE JOY OF THE LORD Day 6 A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength. Proverbs 17:22 NLT
When injustice assaults again when image-bearers die again when grieving mothers mourn again when communities lament again when eyes are closed again when backs are turned again when right takes a hit again when business as usual returns again when accountability is questioned again when narratives are twisted again when anger rises again when hope dims again then we remember again the kings of earth do not hold our hope they will fail us again they will compromise again forsake their call again like your people of old harmed by corrupt kings we will remember again our hope is held by a greater king we will work again we will stand again we will fight again because we know our greater king is just is good is righteous is merciful in every way he will rise again a right every wrong again while we wait we will hope we will believe we will work will pray we will right wrongs again and again until the greater king comes again to usher in righteousness forever.
THE JOY OF THE LORD Day 5 It will be like a woman suffering the pains of labor. When her child is born, her anguish gives way to joy because she has brought a new baby into the world. So you have sorrow now, but I will see you again; then you will rejoice, and no one can rob you of that joy. John 16:21-22 NLT
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THE JOY OF THE LORD Day 3 Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice! Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon. Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:4-7 NLT
SENIOR SPOTLIGHT KAYLA ROSE CLASS OF 2020
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THE JOY OF THE LORD Day 2 Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing. James 1:2-4 NLT
SENIOR SPOTLIGHT JOSHUA KELLEY CLASS OF 2020 From Josh's Family: Joshua Griffin Kelley has attended Praise Academy for the last six years. He is the son of Scott and Lori Kelley, and he has a younger sister, Gracie Kelley, in the 7th grade at Praise Academy. Joshua played guitar and sang in the Praise Band, played on the Chess team and assisted the instructor for the MS Chess Team. He has played on the Varsity Golf and Baseball teams. He assisted the instructor with Intramural Soccer in addition to dual enrollment college courses for college credit hours toward his bachelor’s degree. Josh went to State Competition for Creative Writing and his song was published in the ACSI Southeast Young Author’s Anthology. He plans to attend college in the fall of 2020 to study music and song-writing and to pursue his passion for music. Joshua attends Mableton First Baptist Church and assisted his Mom and Grandmother with the children’s morning ministry. Josh and his father and cousin have played live music at venues in Douglasville and to elderly residents at the Kennestone Rehabilitation facility in Marietta, GA. Joshua enjoys playing chess, playing golf, songwriting, fishing, and online gaming. He has drawn near to God while facing the challenge of choosing a college and career path in order to fulfill what God has planned for him. His favorite Bible verse is John 16:33 “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”
SENIOR SPOTLIGHT RACHAEL ELLIS CLASS OF 2020 Rachael Marie Ellis is new to Praise Academy, joining the school this year for her senior year. She is the daughter of Lisa and Jim Ellis. Rachael’s younger sister, Chrissy, is a freshman at Praise and she also has two older brothers. At her short time at Praise, Rachael has enjoyed making new friends and is a member of Beta Club. She is a published poet and won an ACSI award for literature. Outside of school, Rachael is involved in her church, Community Church South Paulding, and is a first degree black belt in Taekwondo. She will attend Jacksonville State University in the fall to pursue a degree in Political Science and will later attend law school. From Mom - Rachael you are one of the most courageous people I know! When life gets hard, you stand with the Lord and push on through. Your love for a good argument will serve you well in law school. Use your powers for good! And remember - 2 Timothy 1:7.
THE JOY OF THE LORD I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13 NLT
FOR THE WEARY HEART Day 28 God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. James 1:12 NLT
FOR THE WEARY HEART Day 27 For who is God except the Lord ? Who but our God is a solid rock? God arms me with strength, and he makes my way perfect. Psalms 18:31-32 NLT
FOR THE WEARY HEART Day 26 You can go to bed without fear; you will lie down and sleep soundly. Proverbs 3:24 NLT
💡 "If we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin." -1 John 1:7
FOR THE WEARY HEART Day 24 So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most. Hebrews 4:16 NLT
ICU Update: Mason is a fighter. Friday evening, Masons heart was showing strong signs of tiring out. The family was called in to say goodbye, and we prayed for peace and comfort throughout the night. We dont know what tomorrow or even today will hold, but what we have seen since Friday evening has been small steps of improvement. I don't know if God is gifting us with a little more time or if there is more at work, but without knowing the answers we are still thankful and praising HIM for each small step. Mason was taken off of the oscillator yesterday with no problems. He has showed great improvement with his own breathing, and even came off of the nitrous oxide during the night. The doctors are hopeful that he can come off the paralytic medication today, at least for a short time. Mason is still an incredibly sick little boy. He is still on every kind of medication to treat all types of infection and is still needing platelets and blood as well as additional blood clotting medication. And Mason still has cancer and no immune system whatsoever to help fight off the multiple infections inside his body. So we ask that you continue to join us in prayer to our Heavenly Father for a miraculous healing of our precious boys body. HE is our hope and strength, every second of everyday. There is no way we could have survived these dark days without HIM by our sides. We pray without ceasing and trust that our Father is continually working out all things for HIS glory. "I count on one thing The same God that never fails Will not fail me now You won't fail me now In the waiting The same God who's never late Is working all things out You're working all things out Yes I will, lift You high in the lowest valley Yes I will, bless Your name Oh, yes I will, sing for joy when my heart is heavy All my days, oh yes I will"
An update from Mrs. Neufeld: "Mason is still stable. He is such a fighter! His breathing this morning was good enough to go to a regular vent instead of the last resort vent. Praising God for any positive steps forward. ❤️🙏"
Please continue to pray for the Mason Neufeld Family....#praiseprays From Mason's Parents... A Psalm of David. 23 "The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever." Today is one of the hardest days Cori and I have ever faced! While Mason is still here and very much loved I fear that God is preparing for another angel. We have come to what appears to be the darkest hour, knowing every human tool and instrument have merely fought to just sustain Mason in his weakened state. The doctors believe his heart is growing weak. Knowing the struggles Mason has we had the unfortunate conversation with the doctors that if he passes we will not attempt to rescucitate as that would only exacerbate all the problems his body has. We pray God our heavenly healer would grant us more time with our angel because He is truly the only way for Masons body to be healed. Still knowing that true healing is only found in our heavenly redeemed body.