Cultivating Joy

Cultivating Joy

“I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete,” (John 15:11 NIV).   When we bought our new home, we were excited to live in a planting zone that is good for blueberries. We happily bought a couple of blueberry bushes and planted them […]

Joy Always Reminds

Joy Always Reminds

“The joy of the Lord is your strength,” (Nehemiah 8:10).   The joy-moment came in the middle of a difficult season of ministry. We’d stolen away on a camping trip to give us some space to breathe. As dusk fell, fireflies began to twinkle in the shadows under the trees. Our children had never seen […]

Choosing Joy

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds.” (James 1:2 NIV)   I fell asleep to the gentle sound of raindrops tapping out a tune on the tent roof. I woke up at two o’clock in the morning with an inch of water pooling on the floor. The […]

Focusing on Joy

Focusing on Joy

“For you make me glad by your deeds, Lord; I sing for joy at what your hands have done.” (Psalm 92:4 NIV)   During our Vacation Bible School training, we talked about the importance of being attentive. The trainer asked us to watch a video of two jugglers and count the number of times they […]

Time’s Short. Love Well.

Time’s Short. Love Well.

“The end of all things is near. Therefore, be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray. Above all, love each other deeply because love covers over a multitude of sins.” (1 Peter 4:7-8)   It hits me when I stand next to a daughter who’s almost taller than me or glance across […]