joyful in the morning

Joy Comes in the Morning

How often have we heard the verse about being joyful always? (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18) In the midst of trial, its easy to wonder how joy can possibly exist amidst pain and heartbreak. I cannot honestly say that I’ve felt joy constantly throughout the last three years since becoming a single Mom. In fact, in those first […]

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Finding Joy in the Pain

It had been a very hard week. It seemed like the days just kept getting harder and harder. I was emotionally drained and exhausted.  I just wasn’t sure how I was going to make it through one more setback, one more decision, or one more day.  I wasn’t even time for lunch yet. Count it […]

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Is Your Joy Bucket Empty?

Exhausted. Forsaken. Lacking. Barren. Depleted. Void. Dry. Unfilled. Empty. Do any of those describe how you are feeling? Has your bucket of joy, peace, and faith been drained and now you’re looking for an answer, a refill? You say to yourself, “What’s missing?” So, you begin to search for that elusive “something” to fill up […]

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Pain Brings Joy

It was an ordinary Monday morning after a soccer tournament. I had not felt that well over the weekend. But, I didn’t want to dampen the fun we had as a family. I wanted to embrace the joy of my youngest experiencing another great win at a tournament. That day began as usual: up at 5:00, […]

Bucket Dippers

Bucket of JOY! There comes a time in each of our lives where we are in the “valley of death,” so to speak – those times when a situation or a certain someone tries to steal our joy. In the interest of honesty, we should take a moment of personal inventory to determine if God […]

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God Gives Us Too Much To Handle…

Do you ever look at the mountain in front of you and say… “It’s too much, Lord! I can’t do this! This is just too hard!” Me, too! What do we do with these mountains that are too big for us to climb? How do we find strength to take that first step? Are we […]

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Considering it All Joy?

It was 3:00 am. The full moon shone out the window in a room smelling of lavender essential oil masking disinfectant and plastic sheets. I lay in the hospital chair-bed, gazing on the face of my sweet, sleeping nine-year old son connected to a beeping heart monitor and IV while we waited a seeming eternity […]

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What Type of Joy Are You Nurturing?

As I prayed about and contemplated the word JOY for this month’s devotional, I spent some quality time in the Bible and a few minutes on Google. Did you know there are 19.5 million articles about how and why joy is better than happiness?! Good grief! Just so you know, I’ve decided NOT to add to […]

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Finding Joy in Dormancy

It’s the middle of March, and I am pretty sure those of you in the northern parts of the world are really looking forward to spring. I live in Florida, so I am actually LOVING this time of year, with temperatures in the 60s and 70s and very little humidity. Don’t get jealous…we southerners are […]

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Are You Joyful?

Good Morning Mamma’s! This month our topic is Joy and our understanding that Jesus is our strength. So are you joyful? Do you struggle with staying joyful? Statistically speaking, the months of February and March are two of the most stressful months of the year. For most it is because of financial pressures brought on […]