Talk Back to Self-Defeat!

If you were reading along during the 40 Days to a Joy-Filled Life review, you learned that your thoughts create your experience.  If you weren’t, then you can learn more about that in the posts from February 26 – April 17. In those posts, I expounded on author Tommy Newberry’s book which proported practicing Philippians […]

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 […]

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 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 36

Today in my quiet time, I was thanking Jesus for the things he has taught me about relationships. Many of the lessons were learned the hard way. Sometimes thought I had learned a lesson only to fail the test when given a chance to practice it again.  I couldn’t understand why I kept meeting the wrong […]

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 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 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 […]