Tag: Lent

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

40 Day Journey to Joy – Day 21

What is joy anyway?  The secular definition is generally considered to be “a feeling of great pleasure and happiness,” (https://www.lexico.com/en/definition/joy),  but, for our purposes we look to Christian pastor and author, Rick Warren, “Joy is the settled assurance that God is in control of all the details of my life, the quiet confidence that ultimately everything is going to … Continue reading 40 Day Journey to Joy – Day 21

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 … Continue reading 40 Day Journey to Joy – Day 20

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 … Continue reading 40 Day Journey to Joy – Day 19

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.) … Continue reading 40 Day Journey to Joy – Day 18

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.  … Continue reading 40 Day Journey to Joy – Day 17

40 Day Journey to Joy – Day 16

The message on Day 16 of the book 40 Days to a Joy-Filled Life seems especially appropriate for the times we find ourselves embroiled in on March 13, 2020.    Today the world is in frenzy around the health crisis brought on by Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).  Schools are closed.  Disneyland is closed. Broadway is closed.  Even church … Continue reading 40 Day Journey to Joy – Day 16

40 Day Journey to Joy – Day 15

Tommy Newberry has talked about the importance of gratitude on many of the previous days of his book, 40 Days to a Joy-Filled Life, but today it’s a full-on smack down!  He gets serious about the lack of a heart of thankfulness in his “Profile of an Ingrate.”  He states that ingrates fall into one or more … Continue reading 40 Day Journey to Joy – Day 15