Choosing Joy

Check-Off Chores! [CHOOSING JOY]
I know that keeping up with the household mess is a struggle for every family and mine is no exception.  Our kids are getting old enough now that they really can help out, but often my husband and I will do the chores ourselves to avoid hearing the whining...
Simply Remain [CHOOSING JOY]
The other night I attended a painting party, one of those events where everyone gets together and embellishes a piece of wood cut in a whimsical shape to use as a door decoration.  Pinterest is full of these things.  Everyone at this event was given a heart-shaped cut out in anticipation o…
Speak What You Want to Feel [CHOOSING JOY]
Through Netflix, I discovered a man named Steven Furtick who is preaching and leading Elevation Church in Charlotte, North Carolina.  He is a passionate speaker and his podcasts are quite thought provoking.  Today, I heard him speak about guarding our hearts to live in the joy that comes f…
Resolutions From God’s Word [CHOOSING JOY]
This time of year is always reflective.  We think about what we’ve accomplished and what’s not working.  I can think of a few things I would like to improve about myself, but this year I’ve decided to look toward God’s Word fo…
Praising Through Postage [CHOOSING JOY]
I love Christmas cards!  I love reading Christmas letters! I love getting updated photos of every one’s kids!  I also love sending out our family’s Christmas cards. I love showing off our shining faces and telling our funny stories!  I...
Go Ahead and Brag [CHOOSING JOY]
I once met a woman who had decided to always speak in a positive manner.  She never complained, she could always see the blessing in every situation, and she avoided every opportunity to compare herself to others.  I have to admit, I had a hard time relating to her at first...
Bumper of Faith [CHOOSING JOY]
So our sweet baby went from sitting up on her own to crawling in a matter of days and is now all over the place.  I am not a huge baby-proofer, but I was concerned about our fireplace hearth.  It is about 10 inches high and 12 feet long, absolutely perfect for pulling up on and cruising al…
Mary and Joseph on the Shelf [Choosing Joy]
Though we do believe in Santa Claus, we try really hard to deemphasize his role in the Christmas season and to instead focus on the excitement of the celebration of the birth of Jesus.
December means time for our facebook feeds to be filled with funny and sometimes inappropriate pictures of swee…
The Secret to Choosing Joy Every Day [Choosing Joy]
Thanksgiving is my very favorite holiday, but it isn’t just the fabulous food and time with family that I enjoy.  To me, Thanksgiving is a “holy day.” God has given us so much more than we deserve. We are to give Him credit for all of it and use it al…
Testing Builds Trust [Choosing Joy]
Years ago, I spent four enlightening years walking the rolling hills of a liberal arts college.  I sought a degree in Religion, naively thinking that it would equip me for ministry work, specifically children’s ministry.  However, as I looked over the course listings, I found classes like “Sociology…

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