40 Day Journey to Joy – Day 26

Day 26 of this Journey to Joy is exceptionally timely!  Honestly, I began reading the book, 40 Days to a Joy-Filled Life on a lark with my sister for Lent.  I didn’t think I needed it, for heaven’s sake!  But God knows what’s coming and he knows what we need better than we do.  During the COVID-19 Pandemic of […]

40 Day Journey to Joy – Day 22

As a child in Sunday School, I remember singing the lyrics, “Be careful little eyes what you see. Be careful little ears what you hear.”  These musical instructions were meant to serve as a warning to guard my heart from the evil influences of the world.  Tommy Newberry, on Day 22 of 40 Days to a Joy-Filled […]

40 Day Journey to Joy – Day 20

Yesterday I talked about exchanging thoughts.  Directed by the exercise for Day 19 in 40 Days to a Joy-Filled Life, the objective was to come up with three encouraging scriptures to memorize and substitue for negative thoughts.  That was good.  What I left out is, in my opinion, even better because it feels more doable in a crisis.  Have a […]

40 Day Journey to Joy – Day 19

Did you know that it’s impossible to think two thoughts at once?  As amazing as your brain is, it is limited to one thought at a time.  That’s good news!  The bad news is that you can’t eliminate a thought by telling yourself not to think it.  It’s hard to concentrate on the reverse of […]

40 Day Journey to Joy – Day 18

Today, March 17, 2020, the world is shutting down in an attempt to contain COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the novel Corona Virus.  (I include that description for anyone who may have been under a rock for the last few weeks or who is reading this in the future when it is a distant memory.) […]

40 Day Journey to Joy – Day 16

The message on Day 16 of the book 40 Days to a Joy-Filled Life seems especially appropriate for the times we find ourselves embroiled in on March 13, 2020.    Today the world is in frenzy around the health crisis brought on by Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).  Schools are closed.  Disneyland is closed. Broadway is closed.  Even church […]

40 Day Journey to Joy – Day 15

Tommy Newberry has talked about the importance of gratitude on many of the previous days of his book, 40 Days to a Joy-Filled Life, but today it’s a full-on smack down!  He gets serious about the lack of a heart of thankfulness in his “Profile of an Ingrate.”  He states that ingrates fall into one or more […]