Steady Joy Amidst Chaos

Alicia Britt Chole

Steady joy: A joy that cannot be tainted by circumstance. A joy that persists on our darkest of days. This is what God offers.  Over the past five weeks I felt both more joy and more stress than I have ever experienced before. Who knew they could co-exist? If having a new baby for the first time was not stressful enough, we decided to add in traveling across the country when Rebekah was just over two weeks old, a job tryout, and now a cross-country move and another trip to see my family in Nebraska. Call us crazy, but I do believe these … Read more…

“God is Our Source of Joy” Family Devotional

family devotional on joy

“God is Our Source of Joy” Family Devotional As always, alter  according the ages of your children. I try to make the devotionals accessible for all ages, but there may be parts you need to tweak. Also, at the bottom of this post you can find a printable PDF of this devotional! 🙂 Explore the Meaning: What is joy? How would you describe it? Are joy and happiness the same thing? If not, what is the difference? Happiness is circumstantial, meaning that we are happy if good things are happening to us, but unhappy when bad things are happening to … Read more…

Today I Choose Joy by Bethany Miller

 There are few things that can drastically reshape your philosophy on life than working thirty hours a week in a grocery store. How do I know, you ask? Because I worked in a local store for eight months, and the lessons I learned while bagging potatoes and scanning bags of apples have stuck with me even three years later. The vast of majority of my customers were senior citizens, and I remember the phrase they all used. Every single one of them seemed to know this string of words by heart, and gladly applied it to every situation possible. I … Read more…

Embracing Joy: April’s Character Study

I like to believe joy and pain are separate and opposite from one another. But this is a misconception on my part. How would we appreciate or know joy without pain? Does embracing joy also mean embracing pain? “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” – James 1:2-4 What is our reaction to trials and pain? Bitterness? Anger? Frustration? Or Joy? Looking back over the past year, I’m … Read more…

The Beauty of Simplicity

Simplicity

There is an art and beauty to simplicity. Those who practice simplicity find joy, fulfillment, and freedom. Our culture tells us that we need more. Or, it tells us what we have isn’t good enough, we need something better. Maybe you have plenty of shoes, but you don’t have any purple pumps. Your iPhone 5 might still work great, but have you seen what the iPhone 6 can do? Materialism keeps us trapped looking for that one thing that will change our world. But none of it ever does. At least not for more than 5 minutes. Simplicity brings the freedom to experience life more … Read more…