How a nonconformist chooses joy -3

Dolly Lee Joy Series, prayer

(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 …

5 Ways to Fight for joy -2

Dolly Lee Book Reviews, Joy Series

  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%20 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 …

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 …

A prayer of hope – 7

Dolly Lee Hope Series, prayer

Dear friends, I wrote this post in mid-November but travels to be with family, sickness (almost better), writing a paper for a seminary class and my Top 10 list intervened, so here is the final post in our hope series. ***** A week or two ago, fierce winds whipped trees around. Leaves fell like ticker tape. Our wind chime rang …

A song of hope if you’re weary -6

Dolly Lee Hope Series, Songs

Welcome to the 6th Post of our Hope Series. “There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly – Buckminster Fuller Maybe your day or week made your shoulders slump and your bones ache. Or maybe a triggering incident ripped open an old wound, you thought was healed (or at least not bleeding). Or …

2 stories of hope (& 1 song) – 5

Dolly Lee Hope Series, Uncategorized

Since I began our “Hope” Series, my radar seeks anything hope-related. I share some of my finds with you.   1. “Flowers fade. Hearts break. But, there in the darkness, through all the storms, hope is sure. Even when life doesn’t turn up the way we plan, our hope is secure in the One who died, was buried and rose …

Where is your hope in the gap?-4

Dolly Lee Hope Series, Uncategorized

Welcome to the 4th post in our “Hope” Series. After church, I over reacted to a mistake our daughter made. Again. Words of judgment flowed before I could stop. It was like watching a conversation bubble appear in a cartoon that I wanted to pop. Sigh. I didn’t yell but my tone was harsh. Pause. I pray for patience. We …

3 ways to build hope- 3

Dolly Lee Hope Series, Spiritual Formation

Welcome to the 3rd post in our “Hope Series.” I say “our” because your comments as you’ll see in the post increase my hope. Several years ago, after I suffered a huge personal loss, my friend Karen appeared at my door with flowers and a big hug while my tears fell. She uttered no platitudes.   Three ways to build …

3 Reasons why you can have hope – 1

Dolly Lee Hope Series, Spiritual Formation

Welcome to the first post in my Hope Series, where we will be exploring a biblical perspective on hope. When our daughter was little, and afraid of getting shots or a check-up at the doctor’s office, or some horrible but necessary event, I’d promise her the pain wouldn’t last and afterwards we’d get a treat, such as ice cream. I …