Patricia Knight: Pure Joy
In Pure Joy, Patricia gives us 57 extraordinary devotionals that can easily be adapted for Bible study. She shares her secret to living with constant, chronic pain as God's gift of abundant joy and happiness. Tenacity of faith, constant prayer, rejoicing, and obedience are key elements in God's formula for victorious living. Patricia uses biblical characters to skillfully weave a pattern of examples from Scripture. Job suffered loss and disease. Joseph was abandoned by his family and thrown into prison on a trumped-up charge. Esther risked her life for her nation. Noah built a seafaring ark in the middle of the desert. God had reasons for all of their hardships, eventually converting them into abundant blessings. God's Word reveals His love and plans for individuals in our contemporary culture just as magnificently as He did for His servants centuries ago. Living on the shore of a freshwater lake in Maine, Patricia regularly observes sunsets and rainbows, wildlife and birds, and her beautiful garden flowers. Such bountiful gifts from the Creator are woven with the fruit of the Spirit-love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control-into a tapestry of love and rejoicing in God and encouragement for each individual.
After spending a long career in the nursing profession, Patricia Knight was suddenly thrust into an unplanned retirement, struggling with long bouts of uncontrollable pain. However, her faith grew in proportion to her pain so that even when she is feeling her worst, she is able to uplift and encourage others. With a life-long Christian faith, and a background in teaching home Bible study and Sunday school, she has developed a ministry to the hurting and discouraged. Her devotionals teach biblical truths seasoned with personal stories and examples of God's majestic creation.