Tag: Lent

40 Day Journey to Joy – Day 12

On the 12th day of 40 days to a Joy-Filled Life, Tommy Newberry discusses marriage. His major premise in this book and in his other works is what he calls the 4:8 Principle.  Based on Philippians 4:8 (NLT), “Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable.  … Continue reading 40 Day Journey to Joy – Day 12

40 Day Journey to Joy – Day 11

It is almost cliché that we should live with an “attitude of gratitude.”  Every guru from the New Age to the pulpit of your local church expounds the need to keep a gratitude journal, count your blessings, give God praise for all He has done.  At the same time, however, our society urges us to … Continue reading 40 Day Journey to Joy – Day 11

40 Day Journey to Joy – Day 10

It is easy to believe that our thoughts don’t matter much; to put more importance on words and deeds. But Tommy Newberry points out on Day 10 of 40 Days to a Joy-Filled Life that, “Minute by minute, hour by hour, in the hidden workshop of your mind, you are constructing thoughts of good or … Continue reading 40 Day Journey to Joy – Day 10

40 Day Journey to Joy – Day 9

Today’s task is to take a vacation from yourself—at least from the negative critical parts of yourself.  Get away from judgmental thoughts, conversations about your health problems, gossip.  Spend some time in the peaceful place God has promised when we give Him all our worries and thank Him for all He has done. This will … Continue reading 40 Day Journey to Joy – Day 9

40 Day Journey to Joy – Day 7

Day 7 of 40 Days to a Joy-Filled Life put responsibility for joy squarely on our own shoulders.  If your emotional life is not where you want it to be, Newberry insists, it’s because you focus on the negative aspects of your life.  He states, “What you dwell upon becomes increasing conspicuous in your own … Continue reading 40 Day Journey to Joy – Day 7

A 40 Day Journey to Joy – Day 2

Tommy Newberry begins Day 2 of 40 Days to a Joy-Filled Life by asking the question, “Do you believe that God has great plans for your future?”  Most Christians, if they were truthful, would answer a lukewarm, “Yeah, I do, whatever.”  We know that Jeremiah 29:11 says He does.  He has “plans for good and … Continue reading A 40 Day Journey to Joy – Day 2

A 40 Day Journey to Joy – Day 1

How many times have you begun a self-improvement project by listing all the things that are wrong with you?  Some of my favorites: Too fat Terrible housekeeper Lazy Spendthrift Magnifying our flaws is the opposite of helpful!  As author and life coach, Tommy Newberry, points out in his book, “40 Days to a Joy-Filled Life,” … Continue reading A 40 Day Journey to Joy – Day 1