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Keep Singing, Sister

Girl Singing in Mirror

When I was 16, I wanted to be Pat Benatar.  I would turn the boom box radio up to full throttle, grab my round hair brush as a microphone, and belt out the words to “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” like a pro.  There in the theater that was my bedroom, I pretended to be Rizzo in Grease (I’m not a blond, so I played the supporting role).  I spent hours on the phone chatting with my best friend about boys and movies and the mall.  Somehow, I managed to do all of this and still get my homework done.

Now, I am 46…

I am super excited to be sharing “Keep Singing, Sister” over at Jen’s blog Finding Heaven Today as part of her ongoing series on “Fun.”  To read the rest of this fun post, head on over here.

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31 Days to Fruitful Living — Day 16

orange smileJoy thrives in the most unlikely places.  I learned this first hand last year.  You see, for 2012 my adopted theme was “Ain’t Nobody Gonna Steal My Joy.”  Looking back now, I realize how ironic that decision was because it was the hardest year of my life.    Yet,  in the midst of it all, I discovered that joy refused to die — it bloomed in the moments where friends prayed over me, where my husband hugged me and told me he loved me, and in the Scriptures God gave me to fertilize my spirit.

Joy will bloom in the soil of your heart even if the winter is harsh and sunlight seems elusive.  Just keep watering.

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 “Dear brothers and sisters,

when troubles come your way,

consider it an opportunity for great joy.

For you know that when your faith is tested,

your endurance has a chance to grow.

So let it grow,

for when your endurance is fully developed,

you will be perfect and complete,

needing nothing.”

James 1:2-4, NLT

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Q4U:  Has joy ever welled up in you during a difficult season?  Please share your story with us in the comment section below.

For further reading on this topic, check out “Cartwheels of Joy.”  

Thanks for joining me for Day 16!

Come back tomorrow for Day 17 of “31 Days to Fruitful Living.” We will chat about sowing peace. I may have a black thumb, but I am determined to learn how to cultivate my spiritual life.
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31 Days to Fruitful Living — Day 15

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Sow joy.  This gladness of heart springs up from faith.   A joyful person holds an exuberant outlook on life so that inner peace is not disturbed by outward turmoil.  The joyful choose to rejoice and keep moving forward with “holy optimism.”

Joy is rooted in an understanding that our Sovereign God is good.  He is faithful to His promises.  He is worthy of our praise.

Joy looks up to God and says:  Today, I will remember my God.  I will rejoice in your presence, Your protection, Your provision.

Joy is not swayed by the winds of changing circumstances.

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“Light-seeds are planted in the souls of God’s people,
Joy-seeds are planted in good heart-soil.

So, God’s people, shout praise to God,
Give thanks to our Holy God!”

Psalms 97:11-12, MSG

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Q4U:  How has God planted joy in your heart?  How do you cultivate this spiritual fruit?  I would love to hear your story.

Thank you for joining me for Day 15!

Come back tomorrow for Day 16 of “31 Days to Fruitful Living.” We will chat about how joy is a tasty fruit. I may have a black thumb, but I am determined to learn how to cultivate my spiritual life.
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The Path

You make known to me the path of life;

    you will fill me with joy in your presence,

    with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

Psalms 16:11, NIV

Joining Sandra and Deidra this weekend in celebration of the simple and sacred:

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