Category: Joy

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Tuesday 2nd May 2017

Looking to add meaning to your life? Start with laughter.

Looking to add meaning to your life? Start with laughter.

For Lauren Casper, living with her five-year-old autistic son, Mareto, is a lot like playing the telephone game. He blurts out little phrases that have their origin in something he saw or heard, but by the time they make their way through his mind and back out of his mouth they’ve ...

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Tuesday 3rd January 2017

The Magical Habit of Lingering (+ a FREE journal!)

The Magical Habit of Lingering (+ a FREE journal!)

For a couple weeks before Christmas, I spent most of my waking hours helping my parents, whom I love dearly. Dad was recovering from a surgery on his amputated leg; meanwhile, Mom was using a wheelchair because of intense pain in her back. We left the hospital on a Thursday, and we brought Mom ...

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Friday 4th November 2016

How To Find Joy When Your Story Isn’t Tied Up With a Pretty Bow

How To Find Joy When Your Story Isn't Tied Up With a Pretty Bow

It’s my pleasure to turn over my blog today to my sweet friend Melinda Means. She’s an author, speaker, and a true warrior. For her, finding true joy has been a hard-fought battle. You won’t want to miss her encouraging words today. A couple months ago, I traveled to Florida ...

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Tuesday 6th September 2016

That Time When Anita Renfroe Took The Happiness Dare

That Time When Anita Renfroe Took The Happiness Dare

When I wrote The Happiness Dare, it was a way to say, “Look what I discovered! I can’t keep this is a secret!” As the author of that long letter, I was super excited. But I was super scared, too. I had this fear, early on in the writing — a fear that I’m going to ...

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Thursday 2nd April 2015

The Fullness of Our Joy on Sadder-Days and Sundays

The Fullness of Our Joy on Sadder-Days and Sundays

It’s been one of those seasons, where you feel the two sides of your heart tugged hard. One side of the heart is tugged toward the joy of heaven, secured by the Resurrection, which we are soon to celebrate. And the other side of the heart is tugged toward the pain of earth and all of […]

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Tuesday 6th January 2015

#TellHisStory: Fight Back With Joy

margaret feinberg, fight back with joy

The January wind blew across the yard, a winter storm unfurling. Our friends stood on the rug inside the front door, shivering the cold off their shoulders. Their daughters’ suitcases and backpacks sat on the floor between us — along with a hundred hard, heavy questions about all ...

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Monday 13th October 2014

Dance the Orange Dance

Dance the Orange Dance

The fire is alive, an orange dance in the dark. I typically underestimate how much light one small fire can bring to one dark room. But I see it today, because I am stilled long enough to pay attention. I am here, under the soft blanket, in the shadow. A clock moves its hands in a slow circle. ...

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Monday 2nd September 2013

Keeping the Faith, Even When It All Falls Apart

Keeping the Faith, Even When It All Falls Apart

  The news came like it often does: straight out of a clear-blue sky, like a thunderhead that wasn’t on the radar. Because the radar on Pam and Ken’s life looked pretty clear: They have been married 43 years, have huge hearts for ministry and have a bunch of grandchildren who ...

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Friday 26th April 2013

Heart and Soul

Heart and Soul

A hotel lobby in Mexico … March, 2012: It started because I couldn’t get the piano to open. I wanted to play a simple song on that pearly baby grand, which was preening like a supermodel in the middle of a polished hotel lobby in Mexico. But the cover hiding those 88 keys ...

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Monday 7th January 2013

How to Stand Out in a Crowd

How to Stand Out in a Crowd

I don’t watch much college football, and I know next to nothing about the Florida Gators. But I do know something about honor and joy and grasping hold of beautiful moments. I witnessed all of that last week in the actions of Darrin Kitchens, one of the Gators players. I’d never ...

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