Joyce Meyer whose full names are Pauline Joyce Meyer is an American christian author and speaker and is also the president of Joyce Meyer Ministries which is headquartered near St. Louis suburb of Fenton, Missouri.
Joyce Meyer was born in the year 1943, in south St.Louis
Joyce Meyer has openly talked about how his father not only abused her sexually but aslo mentally, emotionally and also verbally, while she was young. This left her with low self esteem and she became a victim of mulitiple personality disorder, though she looked perfect to onlookers. She was unable to concentrate on her studies and was also not allowed to participate in after school activities. This however did not deter her from completing her high school.
Joyce Meyer attended O’Fallon Technical High School in St. Louis.
Joyce Meyer is married to Dave Meyer an engineering draftsman and together they have four children. Before meeting Dave, Joyce had married a part time car sales man after her senior year of high school, a marriage that lasted for five years after which they divorced. Joyce says that he would cheat on her and also encouraged her to steal payroll checks from her employer, money which they would use to go for vacations.
Joyce Meyer Children
Joyce has four children together with Dave Meyer namely. Daniel B. Meyer, David Meyer, Sandra Ellen McCollom and Laura Marie Holtzmann.
Joyce Meyer got saved at a tender age of nine. While driving to work in the year 1967, Joyce says that she was praying intensely and heard God call her name. Later that day, she came home from a beauty appointement full of liquid love and was drunk with the spirit of God. She became a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church for a short while. She then started leading a morning bible class in a local cafeteria and became active in Life Christian Center, a charismatic church in Fenton. After a few years, she became the church’s associate pastor. Because of her popularlity as a bible teacher, the church became one of the leading charismatic churches in the area. Joyce also started airing a 15-minute radio broadcast on a St. Louis radio station which increased her popularlity.
She later resigned as associate pastor in the year 1985, and began her own ministry called “Life in the Word.” and aired her show on six other stations from Chicago to Kansas City.
In the year 1993, her husband encouraged her to start a television ministry which Initially started airing on superstation WGN-TV in Chicago and Black Entertainment Television (BET). Her program was renamed ‘Enjoying Everyday Life’ and is still active to date.
In the year 2004, KNLC, a St. Louis Christian television station run by Rev. Larry Rice of New Life Evangelistic Center,dropped Meyers programming citing her “excessive lifestyle” and her teachings often going “beyond Scripture”.
Time magazine, ranked Joyce Meyer 17th in the “25 Most Influential Evangelicals in America” in the year 2005.
Joyce Meyer has been criticized by some for living an excessive lifestyle. She has however responded that she does not need to apologize for being blessed. She has also been accused of engaging in prosperity gospel.
Joyce Meyer owns several homes and travels in a private jet(currently a Gulfstream G-IV). In 2003, a report by St. Louis Post-Dispatch detailed Meyer’s “$10 million corporate jet, her husband’s $107,000 silver-gray Mercedes sedan, her $2 million home and houses worth another $2 million for her four children,” a $20 million headquarters, furnished with “$5.7 million worth of furniture, artwork, glassware, and the latest equipment and machinery,” including a “$30,000 malachite round table, a $23,000 marble-topped antique commode, a $14,000 custom office bookcase, a $7,000 Stations of the Cross in Dresden porcelain, a $6,300 eagle sculpture on a pedestal, another eagle made of silver bought for $5,000, and numerous paintings purchased for $1,000 to $4,000 each,” among many other expensive items – all paid for by the ministry. This publication led the Wall Watchers to call on the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to investigate Meyer and her family.
Due to this negative publicity, Joyce announced plans to take a salary reduction from the $900,000 per year she was receiving from Joyce Meyer Ministries and instead keep more royalties from her book sales which she had previously donated back to Joyce Meyer Ministries.
In the year 2009, her ministry received accreditation from the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA). On March 12, 2009, the ECFA acknowledged that Joyce Meyer Ministries and Oral Roberts University had met their requirements of “‘responsible stewardship’, which involves ministries’ financial accountability, transparency, board governance and fund-raising practices.
Joyce Meyer Books
Joyce Meyer is New York Times best selling author with her books helping millions of people to find hope and restoration through Jesus Christ. Some of her books include:
–Beauty for Ashes: Receiving Emotional Healing.
-Battlefield of the Mind: Winning the Battle in Your Mind
-Me and My Big Mouth: Your Answer is Right Under Your Nose
-I Dare You: Embrace Life With Passion.
-The Power of Simple Prayer: How to Talk with God about Everything.
-Top 10 Qualities of a Great Leader. (by Joyce Meyer and Phil Pringle)
– Conflict Free Living: How to Build Healthy Relationships for Life.
– Start Your New Life Today: An Exciting New Beginning with God.
-The Secret To True Happiness: Enjoy Today, Embrace Tomorrow.
-Never Give Up!: Relentless Determination to Overcome Life’s Challenges.
-Eat the Cookie … Buy the Shoes: Giving Yourself Permission to Lighten Up.
-Power Thoughts: 12 Strategies to Win the Battle.
-Living Beyond Your Feelings: Controlling Emotions So They Don’t Control You.
-Love Out Loud: Devotions on Loving God, Yourself, and Others.
-Do Yourself a Favor … Forgive: Learn How to Take Control of Your Life Through Forgiveness.
– Change Your Words, Change Your Life: Understanding the Power of Every Word You Speak.
-How to Hear from God: Learn to Know His Voice and Make Right Decisions
-The Secret Power of Speaking God’s Word
– In Pursuit of Peace: 21 Ways to Conquer Anxiety, Fear, and Discontentment
– Straight Talk: Overcoming Emotional Battles with the Power of God’s Word
-Approval Addiction: Overcoming Your Need to Please Everyone
-Look Great, Feel Great: 12 Keys to Enjoying a Healthy Life Now
-The Everyday Life Bible: The Power of God’s Word for Everyday Living
-The Confident Woman: Start Today Living Boldly and Without Fear
-The Penny: A Novel. 2007. ISBN 0-446-57811-8. (by Joyce Meyer and Deborah Bedford)
-Woman to Woman: Candid Conversations from Me to You
Below is one of joyce Meyers sermon titled ‘battlefield of the mind’
Joyce Meyer Quotes
Below are some of Joyce Meyer Quotes
-“One mistake does not have to rule a person’s entire life.”
-“I may not be where I need to be but I thank God I am not where I used to be.”
-“God doesn’t tell you to do hard things so He can stand back and laugh and watch you struggle. He tells you to do the things that He knows are gonna work out to your good in the end.”
-“Happiness is not a feeling, it is a choice. To be happy, one must choose to be happy, not respond to a circumstance that now controls your happiness.”
-“You can not live your life just based on what everyone else thinks.”
-“Just because you go to church doesn’t mean you’re a Christian. I can go sit in the garage all day and it doesn’t make me a car”
-“Our joy does not have to be based on our circumstances.”
-“Have God make a message out of your mess.”
-“Strive for excellence, not perfection, because we don’t live in a perfect world.”
-“80% of people’s problems are about how they feel about themselves.”
-“Complain and remain. Praise and be raised.”
-“We need a backbone, not a wishbone.”
-“Stop being tomented by everyone else’s reaction to you.”
-“It is not about reading the Word. It is about obeying the Word.”
-“Don’t just learn from God’s Word, but believe it will change your life.”
-“You can suffer the pain of change or suffer remaining the way you are.”
-“Courage is fear that has said its prayers and decided to go forward anyway.”
-“Put your expectations on God, not on people.”
-“When you are tempted to give up, your breakthrough is probably just around the corner.”
-“Character is doing what you don’t want to do but know you should do.”
-“Stop determining your worth and value by what other people say. Be determined by what the Word of God (scriptures)says.”
-“Spending time with God is the key to our strength and success in all areas of life. Be sure that you never try to work God into your schedule, but always work your schedule around Him.”
-“Don’t let your feelings be a God to you.”
-“Try a thing you haven’t done three times. Once to get over the fear of doing it. Twice to learn how to do it. And a third time to figure out whether you like it or not.”
-“you have to realize that you don’t have someone else’s life and your never going to. You better start loving the one you got. Embrass the life you have and stop wishing that you could be someone else. Just stop all that and start saying “God here I am. Do what you want to do with me”.”
-“An affirmation to say everyday:
-The healing power of God is working in me right now. Every day I get better and better in every way.”
-“Patience is not the ability to wait but the ability to keep a good attitude while waiting.”
-“Our past may explain why we’re suffering but we must not use it as an excuse to stay in bondage.”
-“You cannot have a positive life and a negative mind.”
-“It is not as important how we start (our past), but how we finish.”