40 Day Journey to Joy – Day 24

More than 3 million people applied for unemployment in the last week due to the shutdown of businesses in the United States because of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Being newly out of work, at least temporarily, may have given some a new appreciation of their jobs.  If you’ve been lucky enough to stay employed, all the […]

40 Day Journey to Joy – Day 23

I am still traveling on my Lenten journey toward greater joy.  I’ve missed a few days, but the important thing is to keep moving forward.  The point of the exercise is to enjoy life and the people I do it with even more, to celebrate the victories and focus on the positive.  You can’t create joy […]

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 17

Continuing the Journey to Joy.  It takes concentration and focus.  It also requires a strong desire to change your mindset.  Satisfaction with the Status Quo will only result in more of the same.  God has been showing me that my thoughts about circumstances and people cause me more misery  than the circumstances and people themselves.  […]