Tell Your Heart to Beat Again -10

Tell Your Heart to Beat Again -10
Dear Friends, Thank you for joining me as we've explored the topic of biblical joy together. As we wrap up, our joy mentors Sara Frankl, Kay Warren, and the apostle Paul all testify: we find our ultimate joy in the faithful presence of our loving God. When we learn we have cancer, or our spouse wants to leave us, or we lose our job, or a loved one dies, or we battle a chronic condition, we don't suffer alone. And if we're mad at God, He can handle it. God can handle whatever messy emotions we hu... [More]

On choosing joy and unexpected laughter - 9

On choosing joy and unexpected laughter - 9
Although this incident happened a few months ago, it reminds me: I can choose joy when I release my expectations of how life should be and instead embrace what is. ______________________ Saturday sun beckoned like a beacon inviting us outside to play. To hurry us to the beach, I poured coffee into travel mugs. Mine wasn't as well-made as my husband's mug because I replaced my lost mug with a cheap one. My mug contained mostly almond milk, a little coffee, and a little pecan-caramel creamer for s... [More]

On why perfectionism steals our peace

On why perfectionism steals our peace
I'm delighted to have Lisa Murray share wisdom and her insights on how to experience peace for a lifetime. As a recovering perfectionist, I have seen how it can steal my joy. So her guest post is also an unofficial part of our exploring Joy Series. Why Perfectionism Will Always Steal Our Peace It’s always there. Like a mosquito I keep swatting, as it buzzes around my head, torturing me with its presence. Just when I think I have come to accept myself, embrace my flaws, and live in peace,... [More]

7 Things I learned in March 2016

7 Things I learned in March 2016
In no particular order but with gratitude, I share quotes, books, interviews and one movie. I'm linking with encouraging Emily's monthly link-up. 1.   One of the quotes I want tattooed on my heart: "The main thing God gets out of your life is the person you become." -John Ortberg, referencing what Dallas Willard taught him. Listen to Part 1 of John Ortberg interview (or read transcript) about his latest book All the Places to Go...How will you know? Listen here for Part 2 of his... [More]

Why I'm still celebrating Easter joy - 8

Why I'm still celebrating Easter joy - 8
Yesterday, we celebrated Easter with friends at church and then over dinner. I baked a ham with a brown sugar and mustard glaze. Our girl made a berry sorbet and chocolate cake. Last night I added split peas, barley and a ham bone to a crock pot for soup today. But I'm not celebrating Easter joy because of the savory scent wafting from my crock pot (though I'm thankful). I celebrate because Jesus lives which is the reason for Easter joy. Jesus lives and he heard my prayer to help me find my con... [More]