Say Yes to the Best!

Talking more than listening. Sitting more than moving. Mindless eating more than thoughtful consumption.  My list of yielding to temptations stretches forever. The desire to do what we want instead of what we need for our wellness, relationships, and work/home balance is an endless battle. Yet, there is a way to win this war. Having …

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Joyful Guardrails

What’s your greatest joy? My children and being their mom brings me more joy than anything else in life. But joy is not the only feeling that comes with parenting. There’s also worry, frustration, fear, even anger blended with the love and joy we experience as parents. How can we minimize these and find more …

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Choose Joy!


We make literally hundreds to thousands of choices daily, many of which impact our future. We may not even be aware of their effect in the moment. But choices are powerful. One of mine, in particular, has had a lasting impact not only in my life but many others.

I chose joy.

A cloak of grief and sadness covered my life. I lost both Mom and Grandma within weeks of each other and it sent me reeling. After a year or so of navigating the heartache, I longed to be free of sadness. My life was ahead of me with a young family who I needed and needed me. So, I chose joy.

At the time, I didn’t recognize it as joy as much as choosing to let go of negative. I was tired of grief and regret and craved happier. I chose to purposefully seek positive.

When younger, my glass skewed half-empty with negative go-to reactions and worry as the norm. But in my twenties, I had shifted to being more positive. It was a willful choice, but soon I was seeing the world as half full.

Then in a blink, the two most influential women in my life were gone.

It was a deep, bruising blow and revived my negative nature.

To read the rest of my post and what I happened when I chose joy, click to see it on my friend Alisa Nicaud’s Flourishing Today blog!

Linking with the #Salt&Light ladies and Brenda at #ChasingCommunity 

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Joyful over Happy

Is happy the same as joyful? Earlier last year I desired to find out. My premise and belief is that no, they are separate things. This was confirmed later last year and almost everyday since. Sudden surprises, unnecessary messes and hurtful actions flew through the air. In the midst, I wondered where happy went. Was …

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Finding Joy Within

It feels selfish and worldly to find joy in or for ourselves. Yet, we long to be joyful. When properly placed after Jesus and others, finding joy for and within us is a privilege. We honor God, others and ourselves as we follow His plan for us. We find joy not only in Jesus and …

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