Ever wondered what it might feel like to experience TRUE joy?Today, A Relentless Millennial is taking part in a book tour for J.E. Berry's new book, The Truth About Happiness that releases on July 7th. J.E. Berry and I met at a conference last summer and I am thrilled to help spread the word about this exciting book! I have read a portion of The Truth About Happiness and J.E. is an amazing writer and has an incredible testimony. She uses brokenness in her past as a platform to share how Jesus has taken her from rough seasons to renewed joy! You'll have to read for yourself to hear more but I promise, you don't want to miss it!
Founder, 818 Ministries & A Relentless Millennial
The Truth About Happiness will be available on Amazon and Kindle July 7th. Read more about J.E. Berry below!
J.E. Berry is a writer and speaker. She has worn many hats in ministry over the years. Her and her husband have been in ministry together for many years, along with their five children. Through church plants, life groups, worship, outreach, discipleship and youth pastoring.
J.E. has a heart for outreach and seeing people come to know freedom through a relationship with Christ Jesus. Specifically women who have been yet to see their God given destiny because of bondage. As a writer and speaker she explores things that hinder us in moving forward in our walk with Christ. Such as people pleasing, unhappiness, un-forgiveness and much more, to try and lend a hand in unveiling the culprits so that we can move forward in victory. As a musician and worship leader, she gratefully worships as the background while she encourages others to engage in a personal worship experience with Jesus.
Rewind. Pause. Play. by Brandi Ladd
Let’s rewind almost 6 months ago. If we were to push pause on my life you would see someone who was worried about her future, someone questioning where the Lord was leading her and someone experiencing a lot of anxiety because of those circumstances.
I wish I could say now those circumstances are a thing of the past! However, those questions and feelings are actually multiplied. The past few months have been overwhelming to say the least, and I’m kind of at a standstill. I am thankful that we serve a God who is working behind the scenes, even when we may not know the why’s and the how’s of our circumstances. We live in a world that wants to see the big picture and know every detail of our future.
Thankfully, God gives us all that we need to take each step of faith, trusting Him with the rest. The Lord is using this time in my life to help me realize my complete dependence and trust in Him and His timing. As I call out to God, He will give my heart strength to endure and persevere.
[From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I.] Psalm 61:2
Something that I have to remember also is that God cares for me. That statement alone should stir up overwhelming joy and gratitude.
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7
[Care is the provision of what is necessary for the health, welfare, maintenance, and protection of someone or something.]
God cares about every detail of my life. He provides the things that are necessary for each and everything we go through. When I’m not casting my anxiety on to Him, it has nowhere to escape except into my heart and that causes wreckage in every other part of my life. When we keep it to ourselves we hinder our relationship with God. But if we give it to God, He will transform that anxiety into peace and understanding. It will take time. And it’s a daily decision to wake up and say “Ok, God, today I pray you take away the doubt and anxiety when it starts creeping into my thoughts and feelings.”
It’s always encouraging to look back on times in your life and see how God provided a way out, or made a path out of something you would not expect. He makes clear the why’s and how’s of things that we could not see His hand in at the time. It’s those things that give you strength to endure and remember that God has good things in store.
Remember…you are cared for and loved today.
If you've been following us for a while but you're unsure of how to get involved - we'd like to take today to give you some practical, simple ideas.
We believe we can touch the maximum amount of people by a little bit of effort
by a lot of people. Getting involved, for you, only requires 3 steps:
1. Make a hat. Crochet, knit, sew...whatever you are best at.
2. Write a note of encouragement, or we will do it for you.
3. Ship it to us to donate! (P.O. Box 52343 Knoxville, TN 37950)
Items are donated for free to treatment centers for free to patients facing serious illnesses including cancers. Because of the severity of these sicknesses, we ask that you take the following precautions when donating to 818:
Need a pattern to get started? We have you covered.
Crochet Pattern (Sewing pattern at the bottom)
NOTE: Hat sizes may vary depending on yarn thickness and hook size. As you crochet, try hat on your own head to determine snug fit and suitable length to cover ears. Rounds are worked continuously.
Round 1: Chain 2, 6 single crochet in 2nd chain from hook.
Round 2: Single crochet in first stitch, 2 single crochet in each stitch around (11 stitches)
Round 3: *(2 single crochet in each stitch), rep from * around (22 stitches)
Round 4: Single crochet in each stitch around (22 stitches)
Round 5: *(Single crochet in next stitch, 2 single crochet in next stitch), rep from * around (33 stitches)
Round 6: Single crochet in each stitch around (33 stitches)
Round 7: *(Single crochet in next 2 stitches, 2 single crochet in next stitch), rep from * around (44 stitches)
Round 8: Single crochet in each stitch around (44 stitches)
Round 9: *(Single crochet in next 3 stitches, 2 single crochet in next stitch), rep from * around (55 stitches)
Round 10: Single crochet in each stitch around (55 stitches)
Round 11: *(Single crochet in next 4 stitches, 2 single crochet in next stitch), rep from * around (66 stitches)
Round 12: Single crochet in ea stitch around (66 stitches)
If hat seems big enough at this point, skip to Round 16. If not, keep increasing.
Round 13: *(Single crochet in next 5 stitches, 2 stitches in next stitch), rep from * around (77 stitches)
Round 14: Single crochet in each around (77 stitches)
If hat seems big enough at this point, skip to Round 16. If not, increase one more time:
Round 15: *(Single crochet in next 6 stitches, 2 single crochet in next stitch), rep from * around (88 stitches)
Round 16: Single crochet in each stitch around.
Repeat Round 16 until hat measures approx. 8" to 9" from beginning. Fasten off and weave in ends.
IF NECESSARY TO MAKE HAT FIT MORE SNUGLY OVER EARS, WORK A DECREASE ROUND BEFORE FINISHING OFF, AS FOLLOWS:
*(Single crochet in next 5 stitches, skip 1 stitch), rep from * around (don't worry if you have a few stitches left over). Work 1 or 2 rounds even, fasten off and weave in the ends.
You will need:
- 1 yard of fabric (this makes exactly 4 hats)
- needle and thread
Cut your fabric as follows: (below is what 1 yard of fabric will cut out)
- 4 17 X 22 inch rectangles
- 8 7.25 inch diameter circles (or about the size of the lid of a Cool Whip container FYI)
First, "hotdog" fold the rectangle. Then fold it in half length wise where it looks much like a square. Make a seam all the way up the side. This creates the "body" of the hat. The circles are for the top.
Then, open up what you just sewed so that it looks like a hollow sleeve. Pin both circles on the top of that hollow sleeve and make a seam all the way around. THEN, flip your creation inside out and you have a hat!