Is the joy of the Lord your strength? - 5

Is the joy of the Lord your strength? - 5
Based on your comments on "Two ways to be present to joy," I wrote this post. Joy isn't only for weddings, friends laughing and babies smiling. Joy is also for when your heart feels so heavy it may capsize or when you're living minute-by-minute and life feels tenuous. Joy is also for when your laptop crashes before a deadline or you're the new kid or you get spaghetti sauce on your white blouse. God wants us to experience His joy (Gal. 5:22; John 15:1-11) regardless of circumstances. "...for ... [More]

Two Ways You Can Be Present To Joy - 4

Two Ways You Can Be Present To Joy  - 4
Novel in hand, I settle into a corner of our faded sofa after washing dinner dishes. Our dog Bailey, leaves his designated half of the sofa and scoots toward me. His moist pink-brown nose nudges my arm until I lift it up and rub behind his soft golden ears. He closes his eyes and nestles next to me. My fingers caress his soft fur and I smile at his content expression. His warm body feels like a heated pillow next to me. I was present and chose joy in that moment. In her book Choose Joy, Sara ... [More]

10 Things I learned in January 2016

10 Things I learned in January 2016
We're taking a little break from our Joy Series to share what we (re)learned in January with Emily Freeman.   1. Great reminder about being open to learn something new. Give me someone who’s teachable, and we can change the world. @matthewkeller https://t.co/hbrdzjffg9 via @cnieuwhof — Dolly Lee (@SoulStops) January 29, 2016 2. Maybe I'm slow, but I keep telling myself: "I can only change myself (by God's grace)." "Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of ch... [More]

How a nonconformist chooses joy -3

How a nonconformist chooses joy -3
(I wrote this post to renew my mind because honestly, it has been hard. But I'm feeling more hopeful.)   "Be not conformed to this world: but be transformed by the renewing of your mind." - Romans 12:2a "'Do not conform' is difficult advice in a generation when crowd pressures have unconsciously conditioned our minds and feet to move to the rhythmic drumbeat of the status quo... Success, recognition, and conformity are the bywords of the modern world...." - Martin Luther King, Jr.(*) Alt... [More]

Pinpoint your passion and purpose

Pinpoint your passion and purpose
(We're taking a little break from our Joy Series. I'm delighted to have Elisa Pulliam share how she found her passion and purpose.) Pinpoint Your Passion and Purpose Have you engaged in an activity or embraced a responsibility that you didn’t want to end, even after you expended all your physical energy? Is there a cause or a need that you feel all fired up about? Do you find yourself happily volunteering your time, without counting the cost, even if you don’t get one bit of recogni... [More]