Tag: Fear

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 … Continue reading 40 Day Journey to Joy – Day 34

40 Day Journey to Joy – Day 33

What is your goal for the COVID 19 Pandemic?  It sounds like a silly question.  The survivalist in me just wants to live through it with my finances and relationships intact.   On Day 33 of 40-Days to a Joy-Filled Life, Tommy Newberry offers another option.    Newberry states that people are presented with a situation.  This worldwide crisis would … Continue reading 40 Day Journey to Joy – Day 33

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 … Continue reading 40 Day Journey to Joy – Day 31

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 … Continue reading 40 Day Journey to Joy – Day 29

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 … Continue reading 40 Day Journey to Joy – Day 28

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 … Continue reading 40 Day Journey to Joy – Day 27

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 … Continue reading 40 Day Journey to Joy – Day 26

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 … Continue reading 40 Day Journey to Joy – Day 25

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 … Continue reading 40 Day Journey to Joy – Day 23

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 … Continue reading 40 Day Journey to Joy – Day 22