How to Find Joy When Your Life No Longer Seems Like Your Own

So this week my family had 20+ appointments. I wish I was joking. Five kids have three days of therapy, an appointment each day. One daughter had a tooth pulled and a cavity filled. Four kids had their yearly eye appointments. And, finally, two more kids had doctor’s appointments. I suppose when you have seven kids at home that’s to be expected. They all need check ups. And, even though we knew that most of them had physical and learning {Read More}

Rejoice | Philippians 4:4

Saturday Scripture Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Prayer Dear God, You are Alpha and Omaha, beginning and end! You are all-knowing, all-powerful, all-loving. You are gracious, creative, merciful, righteous, and forgiving. You provide, heal, redeem, and encourage. My words aren’t enough to give you the honor and glory you deserve. May my thoughts and actions each day, each hour, each moment, rejoice in who you are and what you’ve done! Rejoice in the {Read More}

Philippians 4:4 — Saturday Scripture

  Philippians 4:4 Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice! Prayer Dear heavenly Father, Lord, help me be always full of joy in You. Help me to always rejoice—in any situation. Always be full of joy in the Lord. Philippians 4:4 Click To Tweet Are you new here? You might want to subscribe to my email updates, or follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, or Instagram. Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links {Read More}

How to Find More Joy This Christmas

Does the thought of Christmas stress you out? Are you more focused on your to-do list than the true meaning of the season? Do you stay up at night worrying about how you’re going to do it all? I spent many years doing exactly like that. The thought of Christmas brought dread, not joy. Then one year I decided to make a change. What’s the use of spending hours baking when I was cranky with my family? What was the {Read More}

Clap for Joy! | Psalm 47:1

Saturday Scripture Psalm 47:1 Come, everyone, and clap your hands for joy! Shout to God with joyful praise! Prayer Heavenly Father, You are so good! I have endless reasons to celebrate and they are all because of you. Thank you for saving me, for your limitless grace, your creativity, your power, for your Word, for community with others, and so much more. You have blessed me more than I can fully know. May my life be a reflection of the {Read More}

Joy in Your Presence | Psalm 16:11

Saturday Scripture   Psalm 16:11 You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.   Prayer Papa God, thank you for guiding me through this life. Help me cling to your Word and rely on the Holy Spirit for wisdom. In you, there is overwhelming and glorious joy! You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence {Read More}

Jesus Is the Key to Joy

My heart says of you, “Seek his face!” Your face, Lord, I will seek. Psalm 27:8 Are you discouraged today? Is your to-do list long enough to wrap around the state of Arkansas five times? Our discouragement always comes from chasing something—chasing order, chasing enough money to get a little bit ahead, or chasing a sense of accomplishment. We may chase accomplishments, or peace, or the dream life we’ve always wanted, but the thing is, in this life we’ll never catch {Read More}

6 Ways to Find Joy in Your Day {Printable!}

6 Ways to Find Joy in Your Day {Printable!} As a homeschooling mom I’ve had kids at home for 25 years. This means noisy days, busy days, and these-kids-are-giving-me-a-headache days. With three little ones I’m looking at another 15 years of homeschooling and having kids at home. Does that seem overwhelming? It would have been if I hadn’t discovered something amazing: JOY! Over the last year God has been speaking to my heart and encouraging me to find joy in everyday living. {Read More}

14 Ways to {Create} a Joyful Family

14 Ways to {Create} a Joyful Family I didn’t realize what a miracle it is having joyful children until we adopted two little children who didn’t know what joy was. When Casey (two) and Bella (five) came to live with us, they’d been in foster care for more than two years. They’d been moved from home to home. Some of their experiences were positive. Others were not. The first few months we saw a lot of tears, a lot of {Read More}

How to {Joyfully} Share a Life

I knew I wanted to marry John on our first date. How? Even more than my physical attraction {he was cute}, I was impressed by our conversation. John told me about his growing-up years, his time in the Marine Corp, and his hopes for the future. I knew he was someone I could share a life with. How do you {joyfully} share a life with your spouse? Here are 7 ways. Share memories: Memories give us a glimpse into each {Read More}

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