Spiritual Practices: Hopeful Future (Joy- Luke 24:33)

“It is true! The Lord has risen.” -Luke 24:33 Living generously whether it is expressed with our time or our money is one way to acknowledge our trust in God’s future provision.  Consider making a gift of time or money to an organization or individual you care about.  It could be volunteering at your church,Continue reading “Spiritual Practices: Hopeful Future (Joy- Luke 24:33)”

Spiritual Practices: Grounded Present (Joy- Luke 24:30-31)

“When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight.” Luke 24: 30-31 Did you ever notice that joy and gratitude operate together in an upward spiral?  In her bookContinue reading “Spiritual Practices: Grounded Present (Joy- Luke 24:30-31)”

Epiphany Joy: Trusting in the Lord

“Blessed are those who trust in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. They shall be like a tree planted by water, sending out its roots by the stream. It shall not fear when heat comes, and its leaves shall stay green; in the year of drought it is not anxious, and it does notContinue reading “Epiphany Joy: Trusting in the Lord”

Epiphany Joy: The Comfort of Home

For a day in your courts is better     than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God     than live in the tents of wickedness. -Psalm 84:10 For me the feeling of being truly at home is one of complete peace.  Perhaps it is a feeling of comfort orContinue reading “Epiphany Joy: The Comfort of Home”

Epiphany Joy: Shake it off

“When they heard this, all in the synagogue were filled with rage. They got up, drove (Jesus) out of the town, and led him to the brow of the hill on which their town was built, so that they might hurl him off the cliff. But he passed through the midst of them and wentContinue reading “Epiphany Joy: Shake it off”

Epiphany Joy: Take a picture!

“Then Jesus, filled with the power of the Spirit, returned to Galilee… He began to teach in their synagogues and was praised by everyone…he went to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me toContinue reading “Epiphany Joy: Take a picture!”

Epiphany Joy: Bulbs

“How priceless is your unfailing love, O God!     People take refuge in the shadow of your wings. They feast on the abundance of your house;     you give them drink from your river of delights. For with you is the fountain of life;     in your light we see light.” Psalm 36: 7-9 Sometimes it is allContinue reading “Epiphany Joy: Bulbs”

Epiphany Joy: Hope & Expectation

“As the people were filled with expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts…” Luke 3:15a The new year brings expectations to the forefront of our thinking by way of resolutions. Often resolutions are focused around things to improve or change. Resolutions and goals are a way to identify hopes and unmet expectations.  The storyContinue reading “Epiphany Joy: Hope & Expectation”

Epiphany Joy: Creativity in the Margins

“They set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy.”  -Matthew 2:9-10 Epiphanies, new understanding, or times of intense clarity need space in ourContinue reading “Epiphany Joy: Creativity in the Margins”

Joy for Fall: Gratitude (Psalm 34)

Scroll to the bottom for a link to listen to this post on our Some Comfort and Joy podcast! “ I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth…O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together. I sought the Lord, and he answered me, andContinue reading “Joy for Fall: Gratitude (Psalm 34)”