Don’t Be a Victim of COVID-19

It’s easy to have a victim mentality these days.  A victim of the corona virus.  A victim of the partisan system.  At the mercy of the economy .  Waiting for promised unemployment and stimulus checks.  Trapped at home, behind a mask, away from loved ones.  Waiting for God to answer prayers and put everything back […]

Small Steps to Calming the Storm

So many changes have been forced upon us by the COVID-19 crisis. How can we reclaim a sense of self and of control in the middle of this new normal? We must chart a new course and make the changes that are important to us, live the lives we determine to live. One way to […]

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 […]

40 Day Journey to Joy – Day 34

On Day 34 of 40 Days to a Joy-Filled Life, Tommy Newberry tells us that thinking like God thinks makes us more joyful.  Really?  Isn’t God angry?  Isn’t he hypercritical, watching us closely to catch us messing up?  Isn’t he ready with his lightning bolts to strike us down when we fail? We know he is plotting his revenge for […]

40 Day Journey to Joy – Day 31

Self-discipline means choosing your actions based on your decisions and goals rather than letting your emotions run the show.  That’s the word for today from Tommy Newberry in 40-days to a Joy Filled Life.  He states, “Self-discipline occurs in the moments when intention defeats indulgence, when mission trumps mood, and when spirit conquers sentiment.”  Without self-discipline, I […]

40 Day Journey to Joy – Day 29

It’s nice when the things you’ve spent your time, money, and energy studying turn out to be really useful.  Over the last few weeks on this blog I have been sharing with you the things I’ve learned from reading the book by Tommy Newberry, 40 Days to a Joy-Filled Life.  During that time, the world has gone […]

40 Day Journey to Joy – Day 28

“You will have to live with the consequences of everything you say.  What you say can preserve life or destroy it; so, you must accept the consequences of your words” (Proverbs 18:20-21, GNT).  During the best of circumstances, it is hard to speak life-giving words over ourselves and others.  I’m finding that this world-wide crisis has […]

40 Day Journey to Joy – Day 27

God is so good, isn’t he?  Sometimes it brings tears to my eyes to realize that he has gone ahead of me on the path of life, leaving little love notes just where he knows I will need to find them.  Today’s lesson is about growing through adversity.  Who could have guessed that Tom Newberry […]

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 25

Socrates said, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” In this same spirit, on Day 25 of 40 Days to a Joy-Filled Life, Tommy Newberry suggests we take time to look around and see what’s working in our lives, what’s bombing, and how we can improve before it’s too late.  This is a perfect activity for […]