Unexpected Joy — Joy

Enjoy the Little Things!

Posted by Janean Toone on

Enjoy the Little Things!

Monday I was listening to the radio on the way to run a bunch of hurried errands. The DJ asked listeners to call in and say why they were grateful that it was Monday. Mondays aren't usually fun anyway and it was especially hard to get back into the swing of things after a much-needed and much-loved holiday break. So, as I continued to drive to the store I tried to think of reasons why I was glad it's Monday. As I was pulling into the parking lot and finding a space I saw an adorable little girl following her...

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Feel the Joy

Posted by Jessica Bettridge on

Feel the Joy

The last two weeks have been very stressful. I have found myself having panic attacks and mini breakdowns. ⁣⁣It sucks to feel like we are trapped in a whirlwind. ⁣⁣It sucks to not know up from down. ⁣⁣It sucks to feel out of control. ⁣⁣And it sucks to feel like there’s no hope. ⁣⁣Most of the time we don’t know how to stop this feeling. We don’t know how to find peace and feel better. ⁣⁣But guess what? There are ways to calm our nervous system and to feel better. We can and should, as often as possible, hit the...

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Why are we here??

Posted by Janean Toone on

Why are we here??

Joy. According to the dictionary, joy Is “a great feeling of pleasure and happiness, a desire to rejoice.” I feel, deep in my heart, that we are all on this planet so that we might have joy. I can tell you right off that the two things that bring the most joy to my life are my family and my faith. That encompasses a lot of territory.But there are also small moments in our days and lives that can still be considered joy. For instance, I remember a Sunday a few years ago. Most of our family had met for dinner....

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Joy Is a Decision

Posted by Jodee Btiner on

Joy Is a Decision

It's funny how perspective changes with every year older we get. I am learning that joy really is a choice. Sometimes life is hard and it's so much easier to let life's struggles and trials get the best of us.⁣⁣⁣⁣Almost five years ago I went through a trial that tested me to my very core. It tested my physical, emotional, and spiritual strength. The crazy thing is, I was able to find joy during that time. My family, friends and faith were a major part of that because of their help and prayers. Today, 5 years later, there are a...

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