Hi again!!! I know it's been quite a while since you've last heard from me.

I've been traveling a whole lot recently, and have been halfway around the world on pretty exciting missionary trips.

But now I'm back to work here, so get used to hearing from me often again. :)

Hugs and prayers,

Joana Tomaz

Overcoming Adversity

This issue of Sparkle is dedicated to a beautiful message from Jesus, about "making it" through these difficult and very trying times.

From Jesus with Love: Love to the Core

Life can be rough, and it's not always easy to understand why things happen the way they do. When everything seems to be going wrong, it's natural to question My love, but it's during those very times that I want to be closer than ever to you.

My love is what will get you through the tough times, and it's always there for you.

Unconditional love in its purest form comes from Me. Even when you blame Me for the troubles that have befallen you, I love you and don't condemn you.

Even when you question My love, I still love you and I'm not going to give up on you. I'm still going to be right there beside you when you need counsel, when you need some company, when you are desperate for a listening ear, or when you need a friend. I want to ease your mind with the knowledge that there is always someone who loves you and sees endless possibilities in you, someone who enjoys you as you are.

And that someone is Me.

No matter what, I will always love you unconditionally. That love will see you through anything. It will be a light in dark places, a compass when you are lost, an anchor to hold you fast in the storm, and a warm blanket to comfort you when you are alone and cold. And it doesn't cost you anything, but is freely given by someone who loves you to the core.