Let’s Play the Glad Game!

A person who was overly optimistic used to be called “Pollyanna”. Pollyanna was a character in a children’s novel written by Eleanor H. Porter in 1913. In the book and subsequent movies, Pollyanna transformed misery into joy by playing “The Glad Game”. Though now an orphan, Pollyanna’s father taught her the game. The object was to […]

Morning Always Comes

The entire world is focused on the coronavirus.  The death count, the economic toll, mental and emotional damage, the forever changes in the fabric of society, and more.  Nothing seems constant and everything we thought we could count on is turned on its ear. But think about this, have you noticed that the sun still […]

Contemplating Change

Last time I talked about making some progress toward goals that have been stalled due to the Coronavirus Pandemic.  Stuck at home.  Too much news-watching and Netflix binging, too much comfort food, and too little concentration on what is important beyond this moment has left me with pounds to lose, run-away emotions, and a loss […]

HOW TO CHART A COURSE TO YOUR PURPOSE

NOTE:  I wrote this post awhile back.  At that time, problems and distractions were more personal and less global than they are right now during the COVID-19 Pandemic of 2020.  If you have recently suffered some major setbacks in your goals and dreams as a result of the coronavirus and the resulting shutdowns, it might […]

The Healing Power of Light

I had a wonderful quiet time with Jesus this morning.  It wasn’t too quiet. Usually I try to be silent in the morning, but today was different.  With all the talk of COVID-19, economic disaster, and world hunger swirling in my head, I woke up afraid.  What is the antidote to fear?  Faith!  When I […]

40 Day Journey to Joy – Day 40

Today is the final day of the 40-day challenge to find more joy in life.  I began this project on February 26, 2020—the first day of Lent.   The world changed radically over the course of those 40 days.     It began with naiveté as I went about my daily life with a sense of safety and security.  […]

40 Day Journey to Joy – Day 39

Marie Kondo has told us to part with any of our possessions that do not “spark joy.” Anyone who hasn’t been under a rock knows that a cluttered space robs you of your peace of mind.    Clean fresh space, clean, fresh mind.  At least that’s the assumption.  On Day 39 of 40 Days to a Joy-Filled […]

40 Day Journey to Joy – Day 38

Gratitude is a mainstay of joy.  How can you be truly satisfied and content if you don’t recognize the gifts in the small, everyday blessings of life?  Lack of thankfulness leaves you disgruntled and resentful as you look past the good things in your own life at the abundance you recognize in your neighbor’s life. […]

40 Day Journey to Joy – Day 35

As I began to read Day 35 of 40 Days to a Joy-Filled Life by Tommy Newberry, I thought I knew where he was going with his analogy.  He was describing his big family Christmas gatherings.    I know about these as my three sisters and I, all our spouses and kids, my grandmother and parents made quite […]