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

Dolly Lee Book Reviews, Joy Series

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 …

Top 10 Things I learned in October

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My favorite podcast, three book recommendations, and thoughts on hope, hospitality, and Sabbath this month: 1. Although, I’m only a third way through, Susan S. Phillips’ book, The Cultivated Life, has been like an oasis my soul didn’t know it needed. Great advice from Susan Phillips: listen to your life and notice over the course of a week what you …

If you or a loved one suffers from a chronic illness

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I’m honored to have my faith-filled friend Shelly Hendricks share her story and her new book today. We met via her blog, Renewed Daily, and she inspires me with her trust in God despite her physical suffering. And she is a prayer warrior. As I read her devotional, I gained a greater appreciation for what Shelly has to do to …

Top 10 Things I learned in September

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In no particular order but with gratitude, we’ve got books, movies, and a few brain-stretching articles: 1. Os Guiness articulates why freedom of religion benefits all of us. “…freedom of religion and belief (which covers secularist worldviews too) is essential because it involves nothing less than our freedom to be human.”- Os Guinness Read the rest of his well-reasoned post …

Top 10 Things I learned in June

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In no particular order (movie reviews, creativity and lots more)….but I share with gratitude: 1. Getting some friendly advice about Twitter from Emily Freeman…what a sweet surprise! @SoulStops yay! Friendly twitter tip – if you start your tweet with an @ then the only people who see it are those who follow us both 🙂 — emily p freeman (@emilypfreeman) …

My Top 10 (What I learned) for May 2015

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May was an incredible month. My emotions sang every note at The Jumping Tandem Retreat, which inspired my Grace Series, which resumes after this post. This month’s line-up begins and ends with Mary Karr’s wisdom but includes a must-see video talk, a new album, book recommendation, tips on creativity, and a great definition of humility as modeled by Jesus. In …

What I learned in April 2015

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Once a month, I join a community led by Emily Freeman as we share what we learned. I usually include books, movies and what made me stop and wonder (#7). I couldn’t pick a favorite but #10 made me smile the most. 1. I’m still thinking about Easter and what my wise friend Lynne said about how The Cross is …

On oatmeal, calling (& First things vs. next things)

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Most mornings, I fill a glass measuring cup with water and gluten-free oatmeal then microwave it. Next I add cinnamon, a dash of maple syrup and Chia seeds. I’m grateful. When fresh fruit is available, it graces my oatmeal like colorful jewels. After walking with God over the past decades, I’m realizing a truth about my relationship with God. (Stay …

Top 10 Things I learned in March

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Friends, what a month…Inspiring and thought provoking links on a life well-lived, friendship, the importance of your story and the power of a novel. (Oops…actually, Top 13…I forgot to renumber when I added more links…You get 3 free bonuses [wink].) #13 is the movie I highly recommend you see as a family (if your kids are at least 12 years …

Top 10 Things I learned in February 2015

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I’m taking a break from the Renew Your Mind Series (which will end in 1 or 2 more posts). I include book and movie recommendations in my list. Many thanks to our local public library for making Nos. 3, 4, 5 and 6 possible. Top 10 Things I learned in February 2015   1. Learning how to tell someone “no”…A …