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Tag Archives: Joy
i saw this quote in the comments section of my friend Renee’s blog http://positiveboomer.net/2013/04/19/a-new-day-is-dawning/. “Yesterday’s troubles are written in sand, wiped out of existence by God’s own hand.” Having lived an hour and a half from the ocean for about 11 … Continue reading
“You either live your life like every day is a miracle or you live your life like nothing is a miracle. And I believe that. And I’m a happy guy.” ~ Robert Herjavec I love that statement. Think bout that. If … Continue reading
I have to admit, I always loved autumn when I loved in parts of the country that had spectacular autumns. I love the gloriously bright oranges, yellows, and red that make the trees look ablaze with color. I love scuffling … Continue reading
I think we all have our “happy places” don’t we? For me they are numerous: hands in the garden dirt and planting—or picking fruit and veggies; walking through a forest when the leaves are turning and some have fallen; watching … Continue reading
“But friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life; and thanks to a benevolent arrangement of things, the greater part of life is sunshine”.~Thomas Jefferson I write regularly about the times friends see us … Continue reading
I recently wrote about being a cheerful giver. If you missed it, here is the link: http://believeanyway.wordpress.com/2012/02/16/god-loves-a-cheerful-giver/ In that post I did not mention how I came to use that term in my life. When I was in 8th grade, our … Continue reading
God wants us to be cheerful and joyous. Let’s face it, the world NEEDS us to be cheerful. Now I am not talking about those struggling with depression and illness right now. Rather I am talking about the rest of … Continue reading
I love to watch hummingbirds and butterflies. In Arizona, hummingbirds are ever-present. If you plant your garden right, you will get hummingbirds throughout the year; and butterflies abound (but not year round). Hans Christian Andersen wrote “Just living is … Continue reading
“Faith goes up the stairs that love has built and looks out the window which hope has opened” — Charles Spurgeon. Isn’t that a lovely quote? When you actually think about stairs (the photo above is not my … Continue reading
This morning I had time for prayer and reflection before I got ready to leave. I arrived at my computer clear-headed and in a positive mood. When I checked Facebook I found the usual argumentative and negative posts from people … Continue reading
fgassette commented on my blog recently, and said: “ I remember reading this somewhere and thought you may like it; ‘“In London, Buckingham Palace flies the royal standard to show that the sovereign is in residence. Day or night the flag can … Continue reading
There are things that tend to sweep me away. [I add here that there are too many verses in Scripture to enumerate here that sweep me away]. Sometimes it is an extraordinary piece of music. Examples of that include ‘Music … Continue reading
I have told many heart-warming and faith filled stories. I have written many stories and posts about my deep and abiding love for my family and friends. I haven’t told too many stories about my time spent as a corporate … Continue reading
FYI: This first paragraph is an update–on 1/25/2012. I am going to handle all the Joy-Forwarding posts over at this link now http://joyforwardingproject.com/. So put all your comments for Joy-Forwarding over there. There’s an email subscription button over there, too. All … Continue reading
Have you ever noticed that if someone yawns in a group of people that others begin to yawn too? Sometimes even reading about yawning makes me yawn. So perhaps we can agree, then, that yawning is contagious. Good moods and … Continue reading
This week has been quite hectic to say the least. Normally by Saturday I would be completely drained emotionally. However, at the beginning of the week a fellow blogger awarded me (or rather my blog) with the Liebster Award. Needless … Continue reading
Earlier today I wrote about how much I miss the Camelot years (or how they felt to me anyway) http://believeanyway.wordpress.com/2011/11/22/i-was-a-dreamer-and-idealist-am-i-still/. Why did I write about that? I have been tired and discouraged…..but quite honestly more tired and exhausted than discouraged. I … Continue reading
This is the Lord’s day. I truly rejoice. We started our Sunday on Saturday afternoon, as we often do. What a lovely, lovely Mass. The Gospel reading was Matthew 25: 14-30. The gist? It was the Gospel about the man … Continue reading
What is joy? Well, Marianne Williamson says that “Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are”. I find this to be really true on both good days and bad days. I … Continue reading
Write about a recurring dream you have. There is a dream I have had multiple times. I am on the beach by the ocean. I have walked down there from a little cottage I am apparently renting. There are window … Continue reading
Does anyone remember the song starry starry night by don mclean? i was thinking about that song when i looked out my balcony window last night. the sky was so … well.. starry! Anyway, i began to think this morning … Continue reading
Holy Week makes me reflective and contemplative. This year it also is cause for great rejoicing. For we know that Jesus will rise. That I always know. But this year my son is living proof of God’s miraculous power. God … Continue reading
Okay, my mood is buoyant and optimistic. Although there have been a LOT of medical challenges facing my family this year, today I feel positive. This is despite the fact that many of my family members are now facing some … Continue reading
Oh I’m not a Pollyanna…I have had my share of heartache and suffering…but I find that I am irresistibly drawn to hope. I find that even if I am going through a very horrible experience, I eventually stumble upon my … Continue reading