a word from The Sponsor~August 31

Goal-setting~~~Because of Grace style

…we work with you for your joy…
2 Corinthians 1:24


Goal-setting Because of Grace Style



More words from The Sponsor

A conversation in courage and laughter

Motivational speaker Nika Maples suffered a lupus-induced stroke that led to quadriplegia. She recently returned to her alma mater, Abilene Christian University to converse about courage, seeds of joy and laughter.


“What’s next for me? … What’s next for me is obedience. I love God more than I dislike difficult things.” ~Nika Maples

Monday words for the Soul~June 17~Look for ways to laugh

I read some ideas from Ralph Marston over the weekend and it just seemed to fit. Perhaps it is the heat (where we are), or the rain (where most are), or the fires (where, sadly, some are), or the general uncertainty (where we all are) but it just seems like the solution is laughter and a scavenger hunt for joy. And Marston’s words reminded me of my friend Sissy’s granddaughter Bree and, quickly, I had boarded the train to Smileville. The first flight to Giggleville…you get the drift.

Here are Marston’s words:

Instead of looking for reasons to complain, look for ways to laugh.
If you run out of things to do, try smiling.

Have fun, laugh out loud, figure out what you enjoy the most and get yourself involved in doing it.
Challenge yourself to put more fun into whatever you’re doing.

Do you want to be encouraged, motivated, inspired, enthusiastic and full of energy?
Then spend your time doing what you enjoy and enjoying what you do.

It’s not really that difficult to transform a dismal, frustrating, disappointing day into a delightful one.
Just stop focusing so much on the bad stuff and make the choice to make life fun.

No, it’s not irresponsible or disrespectful to have fun.
What’s truly irresponsible is to go through life with your joy buried so deep that nobody ever benefits from it.

So go ahead, let the joy flow out from you as you give your energy and awareness to what really matters.
Make life great by making life fun.

By Ralph Marston – The Daily Motivator

May your Monday be lined with laughter and jolted with joy!


More words for the Soul

This Weekend~Choose Joy~May 31

choose joy Henri Nouwen

A reminder that joy is not a single source decision point. From one of my favorite authors, Henri Nouwen, who wrote Life of the Beloved, a book recommended five years ago by a wise friend named JanK.

Picture Source


Other Weekend Activities

Day 1~ Joy~Serenity Triggers: the Dance of Smiles

things that bring me joy

created by me :)

Just so happens that yesterday was the day for my speech-ette to our local Women’s Club. My topic was “Laughter is the Best Vitamin.” Because of Grace, yesterday was also the day that my teacher, Amanda from the “Be Gentle, Be Love” ecourse at KindOverMatter suggested that we pay attention to smiling. (I agreed since one look at my budget could testify that “attention” was about the only thing I could pay.) Ba-dum-dum.

The reason “Laughter is the Best Vitamin” instead of the best “medicine” is that Vitamins Enrich. Vitamins Strengthen. Vitamins help us Prevail. So does laughter and laughter’s warm-up act: the smile. :) Babies smile and laugh long before they speak. It ALL begins with a smile. :)

bree Here is Bree. Bree is the granddaughter of my friend, Sissy. Please
use your keen interpersonal skills and your powers of intuition and
guess Bree’s mood. {gentle poke in your ribs}

Amanda writes, “The sincerest of smiles is a smile that swims up into your eyes because it is involuntary. Think of the smiling eyes of a child, the way they look up at you, their eyes like two yellow suns in the morning.”

We respond immediately and rampantly to the smiles of a baby, any baby. We see, and more infectiously, feel, a baby’s smile. We mirror the smile back to the receiving baby.

And the dance of smiles triggers joy and serenity.

Sometimes joy is not permenant. It can be a struggle to maintain.
Returning to Paul Coelho’s words, “Joy is sometimes a blessing, but often it is a conquest.”

What do you see in the eyes of a smiling child? Can you see yourself mirrored there?


Read more about Joy from another wise woman named Amanda at Persistent Green

What Brings Me Joy

What Brings You Joy?
It is worth it for you to express it, at least every once in awhile.
Write About it. Talk About it. Sing About it. Collage About it.
Joy is sometimes a blessing, but, it is often a conquest. ~Paul Coelho
This collage made during a fun visit to http://www.polyvore.com

UnWrap Joy

God gives gifts and I give thanks and I unwrap the gift given: joy.

And gratitude for the seemingly insignificant—a seed—this plants the giant miracle.

Do not disdain the small. The whole of the life—even the hard—is made up of the minute parts, and if I miss the infinitesimals, I miss the whole.

There is a way to live the big of giving thanks in all things. It is this: to give thanks in this one small thing. The moments will add up.

To read more from Ann Voskamp‘s blog, gently click here

Focus Word: Choose Joy

joy collage

created by helen


Love this description of joy:

the unwavering trust that God knows what He’s doing and has blessed me with the opportunity to be a part of it… not despite what’s happening in my life but because of it. When everything earthly feels heavy He gives me an internal lightness that can’t be touched. Read the entire blog post

How Would You Define Joy?



Expecting Gold

Quote by Maurice Setter

Picture From Choose Joy

Broken Apart into Stepping Stones

no moment with my God
From Choose Joy

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