Posts Tagged ‘Joy’

Weeds or Wildflowers?

(posted by Jeanne on 5-22-2012)

I woke up one morning to a pile of rocks our landscaper had discarded alongside our driveway. Within minutes I set down my coffee and began to build a little wall to hold up my newly purchased garden ornament. A great sense of satisfaction came over me. I imagined Read more »

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Joy to the World

(posted by Jeanne on 12-21-2010)


Joy Buttons    

I wear a hat and coat that seem to elicit joy in other woman. The knitted hat is pink and very “Gatsby.” The kelly green coat looks like one I wore on Easter with white patent leather shoes.  I once had a knitting group examine the hat at a local diner and others have run across the street to get a closer look. The clothes are happy clothes, for sure, but I’m convinced that it’s much more than that. The sight of these happy clothes pushes a button that Read more »

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Mirror, Mirror On the Wall

(posted by Jeanne on 11-17-2010)

I’ve dedicated the last few years to choosing joy and pondering why on earth we would ever walk away from it. I’ve peeled back layers of my defenses like a really big onion… denial, projection, rationalization and the list goes on. Some say, “Our brains got us into this mess and couldn’t possibly get us out.” But in my case, economics major and all, I must thoroughly understand the logic behind a concept in order to truly embrace it.

I’ve come to the conclusion that joy is logical and distress is illogical, but not without Read more »

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Week 2: Choose Joy

(posted by Jeanne on 9-27-2010)

Love Leap 1: Oh, that You would bless me indeed
Love Lift 2: Say “Yes”

Joy is a beautiful thing when we choose it. Untapped, however, it’s like an unopened gift that sits in a warehouse, gathering dust, unappreciated and wasted. I have an image of the toys on the Island of Misfits in the animated movie, Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer, or our dog, Bella, who sat for too long in a cage at a local shelter.  In the book, The Story of Jabez, Bruce Wilkinson beautifully convinces us of the truth of abundance. Read more »

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Week 3: Give Thanks

(posted by Jeanne on 9-26-2010)

Love Leap 1: Oh, that you would bless me indeed.
Love Lift 3: Give Thanks

To accept a blessing and the joy it contains is to say, “Thank you” and to pass up a blessing is to say, “No thank you.” In order to embrace and release a blessing we first must acknowledge it. When we choose joy and give thanks we set off “Love Works” and activate a cord of karmic flow that connects today’s acts of love with tomorrow’s.  Read more »

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