Struggling through Scoliosis

Struggling through Scoliosis

Paul says in James 1:2: “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds.” Being joyful in our trials is one of the hardest things to choose. I learned to choose joy and trust God each day when we discovered our daughter had...
Choosing Joy

Choosing Joy

How can you be more joyful? Cleanliness is Franklin’s virtue for this chapter. Cleanliness in body, clothes, or habitation. I would add to Franklin’s list that your state of mind is truly a place you want to keep clean every day. Develop the habit of continual...
Thinking Joy

Thinking Joy

Earl Nightingale said it best: “We become what we think about.” When I think joy, I am joyful. When I think irritation, I am irritable. When you think blessings, you are blessed. When you think favorably, you have favor. Positive and joyful thinking is not an...
Lessons from My Grandparents

Lessons from My Grandparents

What have you learned from your grandparents? What have you forgotten that you want to bring back as a tradition or memory? What I learned from those same grandparents was faith, persistence, endurance, and thriftiness. Grandma grew a garden every year until she and...
Let nothing disturb you. God alone suffices

Let nothing disturb you. God alone suffices

— St. Teresa of Avila We are to enter the rest of God. Hebrews 4:3a says, “Now we who have believed enter that rest.” And Philippians 4:6 tells us, “Be anxious for nothing, but in all things by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made...
Ceasing in Serenity

Ceasing in Serenity

Homer Surbeck describes the average fly in summer in his book The Success Formula That Really Works. We are all familiar with summertime. Most days we will see a fly or many flies in the window. They will battle eight hours of the day to get to the other side of the...