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 […]

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 […]

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.) […]