A Lasting Joy

Written by Shawna Koller A few weeks ago I headed south to spend some time with and visit my Dad. I had such a great time and loved being able to spend a long weekend with him, especially since it had been a year and a half since i last saw him at my sister’s […]

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Light in the Darkness

Written by Brenna Case Two years ago I flipped on NPR while I was driving south from Maine. It was a bright and snowy afternoon, and callers were phoning in to say how shocked they were—all their thoughts and prayers and condolences went out to the families. Families of who? What happened? I listened to […]

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Good News of Great Joy

Written by Anna McCay That night in the fields near Bethlehem, the host of angels, although terrifying, declared to have good news of great joy for the shepherds. The lowly workers were given an opportunity to take part in history. They were given a reason to sing, a reason to look past their circumstance, and […]

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Choosing Joy

Written by Jenna Coutts I am so honored to have been asked to write and share with y’all. When Kallie asked what topic I wanted to write about, I knew immediately- joy. It’s a no-brainer for me. Joy is something that I love to talk about. I named my photography business Joy Unspeakable, so yes, […]

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Elusive Joy

I’m sitting here in my “Seek JOY” sweatshirt, pondering joy. It has been my mantra for about four years now, yet it still seems elusive so much of the time. I have JOY art on my walls and plastered on pottery that I have painted…as I look around me it is everywhere yet—it still seems […]

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Be Willing

By Kayla Young For most of my life I have thought that the Bible was filled with oxymorons. Maybe that is not the best way to start out a spiritual blog, but it is true. We are to have joy in the middle of persecution (you know, tortured and hated but happy!). Or free to […]

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Only One Thing is Necessary

Written by Laura Bernero The clock read 6:42 and I was ready. Soups were simmering on the stove. Music from my favorite Pandora station was drifting lazily through the room. The furniture was arranged neatly, with plenty of seats for all the guests. Utensils and napkins were within arms-reach of the Pinterest-worthy snacks. It was […]

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A Constant State of Preparation

Written by Caitlin Closs As a first year teacher I feel like I am constantly in a state of preparation.  Preparing lessons, notes, worksheets, tests, quizzes… and the list continues as soon as one thing is accomplished there are 3 new things to prepare for. It seems the world demands a constant state of preparation.  […]

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Check Your Posture

Written by Chelsea Lecander “She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said.  But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made.” (Lk. 10:38-40) Preparation is a posture, not a pursuit. In an age where preparedness has become practically synonymous with activity—doing things, […]

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“Let Every Heart Prepare Him Room”

Written by Debbie Garrett For me the word preparation immediately brings up “to do” lists in my head. I have to admit I’m a task-oriented person, so this fuels me. I love to cross things off the list as I take care of item after item. I’m afraid though, that this obsession of the ‘doing’ […]

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