Embracing Joy in Everyday Life


Let’s state the obvious. Finding joy in everyday life is definitely not easy. There are many things that cause us to have a bad attitude about our lives and the situations we are in and go through. But living in those kind of attitudes and moods is not where God wants us to be. He wants us to live joyfully.

Bear Good Fruit Pt. 1 LOVE


But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23

As believers in Christ, we are called to bear good fruit. This is presented in the passage of the “fruit of the spirit” in Galatians 5. We are called to love. To be joyful. To be patient. Kind. Good. Faithful. Gentle. Have self-control. How, you might ask, do I do all these things? I can’t be patient all the time. I can’t be kind to everyone. I can’t always love. Having self-control is hard. And being joyful in times of sorrow?

Reflections: 30 Things I’m Thankful For


I have so many things to be thankful for.

Family. Friends. Safety. Freedom. Food. Faith.* The Bible says, “In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thes. 5:18) I touched on this topic of thankfulness in this post. Because Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away for some of you (it sure doesn’t feel like it here – it’s cold and snowy), I wanted to share 30 things that I’m thankful for. 

Halloween // Why Celebrate Death When You Can Celebrate Life?


October 31st is fast approaching.

And that means a few things. Halloween, for one. And costumes. And candy. And the celebration of something that maybe shouldn’t be celebrated. Some people think it’s totally okay to dress up and go get candy (it’s free, after all!). Others tend to stay away from this so-called “satanic” holiday. As a Christian, should you be participating in Halloween?