5 Ways to Fight for joy -2

5 Ways to Fight for joy -2
  Sara Frankl made the above graphic. Before her chronic illness, Sara Frankl loved to sing, dance, water ski, and love on her friends and family. Towards the end of her 15+ year battle with ankylosing spondylitis, she felt pain whether she moved or kept still, and she couldn't leave the purified air of her condo. An encounter with someone's cold resulted in pneumonia. Her journey towards choosing joy progressed over at least 15 years. She spent 95 % of her time alone with her adorable d... [More]

Top 3 Things I learned in 2015 (& song)

Top 3 Things I learned in 2015 (& song)
I gaze through glass sliding doors at where our small wisteria tree once stood. In my mind's eye, I see a thin grey trunk, empty of branches remains. A symbol of hope after a big storm. I sit at our kitchen table and reflect on last year. 1. The theme of trusting God recurred over and over. (Disclaimer: This will be a lifelong learning opportunity so it isn't only for last year.) Trusting God with relationships. Trusting God to do what only God can do, such as change hearts. Trusting God enoug... [More]

Merry Christmas (& a song)

Merry Christmas (& a song)
Dear Friends, Merry Christmas! Praying the fullness of Christmas joy of be yours today and in the coming year. "But the angel said to them [shepherds*], 'Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.'" - Luke 2:10 NIV Great joy! And I'm relieved it is for "all the people," and not for those who have their act together. Pure grace. It doesn't depend on you or me. And for those who are grieving, may you feel God wrap His arms of love around you, holding y... [More]

3 Ways You Can Be Like Mary

3 Ways You Can Be Like Mary
(Taking a break from our "JOY" series.) Actually, it is 3 ways you can aspire to be like Mary. Why do we remember a poor peasant girl, who wasn't part of the Rome's power pyramid, more than 2000 years later? Mary's platform didn't make her memorable, it was her heart's posture. Mary bent her heart low in trust and surrender. She's remembered because she believed the Lord's promises to her (Luke 1:45). Her trusting "Yes," to God changed history. Her example challenges me and reminds me: Only surr... [More]

How do you define joy? -1 (even if you're an Eeyore)

How do you define joy? -1 (even if you're an Eeyore)
Welcome to the first post in our "Joy" series because I want to grow in joy. You too? The words "CHOOSE JOY" were capitalized in gold lettering on the book. In God's providence, I found Kay Warren's book Choose Joy: Because Happiness Isn't Enough at our town's library. What images or words come to mind when you hear the word "joy"? A couple on their wedding day? Or a child opening up gifts on Christmas? Perhaps a doctor saying the cancer is gone? A dog with his favorite toy?   Phto used ... [More]