This is a guest post by Frances Okoro of IMPERFECTLYPERFECTLIVES, http://www.imperfectlyperfectlives.com
NAME– Joyce Meyer
BORN – Pauline Joyce Hutchison June 4, 1943 St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
EDUCATION – A graduate of O’Fallon Technical High School in St. Louis. According to Joyce Meyer Ministries, Meyer earned her doctoral degree from Life Christian University, an unaccredited institution in Tampa, Florida. Meyer has been given an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity by Oral Roberts University, an accredited institution in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
OCCUPATION/MINISTRY – Bible teacher, Christian author and speaker.
MARRIAGE – She married a part-time car salesman shortly after her senior year of high school. The marriage lasted for five years. She is currently married to Dave Meyer with whom she has four grown children, and live outside St. Louis, Missouri.
INSPIRATION – Joyce Meyer is widely known for her teachings on how to live our lives in God’s word and light. Her story is one of God’s grace and redemption She was repeatedly abused by her father (sexually, emotionally and verbally) up until the age of 18 when she left home. She was married to a man after her senior year in high School who she said repeatedly cheated on her and persuaded her to steal payroll checks from her employer. Her story is one of mess to message and shows that one can completely recover from the past and be used by God if they give their lives to God. Meyer reports that she was praying intensely while driving to work one morning in 1976 when she said she heard God call her name. She had been born-again at age nine, but her unhappiness drove her deeper into her faith. She says that she came home later that day from a beauty appointment “full of liquid love” and was “drunk with the Spirit of God” that night while at the local bowling alley. Meyer was briefly a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in St. Louis, a congregation of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod. She began leading an early-morning Bible class at a local cafeteria and became active in Life Christian Center, a charismatic church in Fenton. Within a few years, Meyer was the church’s associate pastor. The church became one of the leading charismatic churches in the area, largely because of her popularity as a Bible teacher. She also began airing a daily 15-minute radio broadcast on a St. Louis radio station.
In 1985, Meyer resigned as associate pastor and founded her own ministry, initially called “Life in the Word.” She began airing her radio show on six other stations from Chicago to Kansas City.
In 1993, her husband Dave suggested that they start a television ministry. Initially airing on superstation WGN-TV in Chicago and Black Entertainment Television (BET), her program, now called Enjoying Everyday Life, is still on the air today. Her ministry on television has blessed millions of lives. She is known for her humorous way of teaching the word of God while sharing her life with her audience in a bid to let them see God’s light. Her ministry also runs a website which features articles on Christian living and podcasts of her messages on http://www.joycemeyer.org Her best seller book “battle field of the mind” continues to record testimonies from people today. She has authored so many books which all contain ways to live our everyday life in Christ. She is an epitome of God’s mercy and a testimony to the fact that God can turn every mess into a message.
Do you still linger in your mess while there are persons waiting to be inspired via your message?
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Thank you dear Frances.
Credit – Wikipedia.