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The Important Thing to Remember About Joy

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The Important Thing to Remember About Joy

It’s not uncommon when I start going on about joy, some people start to get a little miffed.  The most controversial post I ever shared on Instagram was a Billy Sunday quote that said “If you don’t have joy, there’s a leak in your Christianity somewhere.“  I received a lot of replies about how such a philosophy was throwing people with mental health issues under the bus. It wasn’t fair to expect to be joyful. Life can be really hard sometimes. How dare you say that my Christianity is proportionate to my joy? I’m not saying it’s an easy thing...

Being Present to Those in Other Seasons

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Being Present to Those in Other Seasons

To continue on with our conversation from last Tuesday, today I want to talk about how you can be present to others that are in a different season of life than you without giving into either: jealousy for those who appear to be in less challenging seasons than you or inaction when it comes to those who seem to be going through a more challenging season than you First of all, I want to be clear: we never actually know what a season is like for somebody because we are not going through it ourselves.  Grace is in this moment,...

The Grass is Always Greener

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The Grass is Always Greener

One of the trickiest things about navigating the season of life we find ourselves in is the dreaded comparison game - both comparing ourselves to other people in the same season and comparing ourselves to people who are living completely different lives in every sense of the term. The main culprit for me? Single artists.  It’s bad you guys. I feel like I utterly wasted the brief phase of my life when I was a single artist. Granted I met my husband as a freshman in college, so the period was brief, but I still feel like I didn’t prioritize...

What Is Your Season of Life?

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What Is Your Season of Life?

I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase “season of life.” It’s often used to refer to whatever stage of life you find yourself in, whether it’s being single, young motherhood, busy school schedules, an empty nest. Or your season of life might be dictated by something besides your vocation – you might be going through a season of grief, sickness, new adventures, or learning.  As the seasons in our life change so does our life. Our days might look different, our priorities might shift, how we allot our time might change. It might become so all encompassing that we rarely pull...

In the Absence of Joy

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In the Absence of Joy

The other day I had a really wonderful day. My joy was spilling out all over the place and I felt like I was at my best in my work and my vocation. I was driving home from work playing some of my favorite music loud in the car, and I was praying a prayer of thanksgiving for such a wonderful day, when I heard God speak to my heart and say “It doesn’t really prove anything to be joyful today.” It wasn’t accusatory. It wasn’t a jab. It was just a fact.  Anyone could be joyful on this good...

Joy Appreciation 101

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Joy Appreciation 101

If you have been hanging out in these emails for any length of time you likely know that I am anti-joy-and-happiness-being-classified-as-the-same-thing. It’s a niche issue but I have strong feelings. Mostly because they are NOT THE SAME. Happy is good. We all like happy. We all want happy. But how often is that the reality? Sometimes. But rarely. And that’s how it’s supposed to be.  You might be thinking what? Why do you say that? Aren’t we supposed to be happy? Yes. Absolutely. We are created for happiness. That’s why we have both the capacity and the desire for it....

The Sunday Dance: Joy and Rest

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The Sunday Dance: Joy and Rest

If you’re anything like me you might get caught up in the minutia of resting - what is it that I’m supposed to be doing? What is it that I can’t do? Are there certain parameters that I need to be following?  These are the same questions that preoccupied the Pharisees in the New Testament and we see more or less how Jesus handled their legalism. In essence they took what was supposed to be a gift and re-shaped it into something a lot closer to a burden. Instead of the Sabbath being a day of rest and remembrance, hope...

Scoops of Joy!

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Scoops of Joy!

When you think about your friends or family I’m sure there’s someone that sticks out who just always seems joyful - not necessarily happy all the time – but definitively joyful. It’s a great gift that we are able to be joyful in all circumstances when we unite ourselves to Christ and the example of people who do this is deeply inspiring.  And that’s the reason that the team and I at Pink Salt Riot decided to spend this second week of March celebrating the people in your life that are refreshingly full of joy. The pandemic started rearing the...

Growing Things Rest

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Growing Things Rest

I really just love the way that God designed things, don’t you? There are so many deep spiritual lessons that we can learn from something as simple as nature, and I bet you can guess the lesson that I am going to be focusing on today from the subject line. Depending on where you are in the world, it might be the beginning of spring for you. It definitely is here in Oklahoma - our plants are already starting to show us some of the promise of the coming beauty as green tendrils start to poke out from beneath the...

Is joy just for happy people?

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Is joy just for happy people?

I’ll never forget this conversation I had when I was a kid, which probably is totally out of context in my memory, but has stuck with me regardless.  We often listened to the Christian music radio station in the car when I was growing up, which I always enjoyed. It being the late 90s it was the heyday of the first round of the CCM movement and a lot of now old classics were brand new.  But then I rode in a friend's car one day and they didn’t listen to Christian music. We knew each other from Christian school...

Holistic Self-Care

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Holistic Self-Care

Self-care is such a buzz word lately and I have such a love-hate relationship with that. I love it in part because I love that we’re having conversations about how we need to care for ourselves as human beings, but I also kind of hate the fact that nine times out of 10 it’s a list of things someone is trying to sell you and most of them are useful only in the bathtub.  Self-care is not just baths. I feel like I want to put that on a sticker sometimes. But despite my love-hate relationship with the term, I...

Making Room for Joy

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Making Room for Joy

And as I’ve shared about rest for the last six weeks or so, the theme of space keeps coming up. If we don’t have space it’s hard to rest, and if we don’t rest it’s hard to find joy. Like so many things, it’s interconnected. And that’s what I wrote about last week (subject line is “Can I get some space?” if you want to search and find it in your inbox!) Space might feel like a luxury to a lot of us. Maybe your house is full of people or things, maybe your physical surroundings are just very small...

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