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Joy Habit

  • why the crazy sacrifices are worth it . . . . {Crazy Joy 19}

    On Friday, October 19 th, 2012

    Joy, it comes in the morning… Joy, it comes not in the gaining but in the giving, not in being someone but in being a sacrifice, not in laying up treasures, but in laying down self. Joy, it comes in the mother who doesn’t think twice to do the unthinkable, to do the unlikely, the unlovely, the unheard of — who lives the Gospel. It comes in the woman who...

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  • Why the Battle for Joy is Really Worth it {Crazy Joy 17}

    On Wednesday, October 17 th, 2012

    Back then I said I’d never be like him. I slammed doors to punctuate the point and to make sure my dad knew it. You can be tall and 15 and think you know a lot of things. And you don’t think about growing old and looking squishy around the middle and telling teenagers to just turn out the lights. You don’t think about how you can open your mouth and let the sh...

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  • If You Need a Therapy that Calms the Heart {Crazy Joy : 16}

    On Tuesday, October 16 th, 2012

    The man with the wife who wouldn’t leave her house anymore, he’d told me there was only so much that he could take. I had no idea what to say to that. Sometimes words can’t resuscitate like silence can. So I’d nodded. And I hoped he heard my wordlessness pounding hard on heaven’s door for him, pounding hard on lungs to just inhale a bit of hope, an...

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  • How to Make Sense of Suffering? {Video} {Crazy Joy : 13}

    On Saturday, October 13 th, 2012

    If this is true… … how do we make sense of suffering? {Please consider clicking off music slider just below top nav bar? RSS readers can view ‘video’ of with Mr. Platt here… } “We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance…..” Romans 5:3 May the joy of the Lord me...

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  • How to Stop Fears From Stealing Your Joy: The Fluid Principle {Crazy Joy: 12}

    On Friday, October 12 th, 2012

    I‘m standing at the counter, day seeping in without knocking, jotting down a list of the day’s tasks, the work of a week, in my journal, and it’s just a tad overwhelming. I’m trying to remember just to breathe… And then I am fifteen again. That summer I gripped the handlebars of a Honda Goldwing, weave around margarine tubs set up as pylons in the ...

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  • Why the Chicken Really Crossed the Road… And Other Important Things {Crazy Joy: 11}

    On Thursday, October 11 th, 2012

    On the day that the chickens just up and crossed the road without their motives being questioned at all, the whole crazy grace of everything just stretched, down the backroads and sideroads and gravel roads, and really, the joy is in the journey because the moments build the destination. Leaves fell soundless. A team of clydesdales hauled the pumpkin wagon. Sheep ...

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  • When You Feel Like You’re Battling Hard {Crazy Joy: 9}

    On Tuesday, October 09 th, 2012

    It’s when one of the boys pulls his hoodie up and slumps over Scripture like it’s some vanilla page of Dick and Jane. The dining room window frames this skirmish of October sky and summer hanging on. The tissue-thin pages I’m holding onto, they’re open to Paul writing to the Ephesians to put on their armor. And some kid detonated the words moron and lose...

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  • How is Joy in Suffering Possible? {Video}

    On Saturday, October 06 th, 2012

    {Please consider clicking off music slider just below top nav bar to worship with this song? RSS readers can view ‘video’ of Mr. Keller here… } “In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials….” 1 Peter 1:6 May the joy of the Lord meet and surprise you all over again this weekend, f...

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  • Starting Now? The End to the Cynicism

    On Friday, October 05 th, 2012

    Just before twilight and all the dark, there’s this going to to the woods with the dog and the girl, because really, there’s just too much light not to go. She cuts the stems of the berried plants. She sings hymns. And I pick grasses and listen to her, how she sings and it’s bold, and just for a moment I wonder if there’s need to ask for forgiveness? ...

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  • When You’re Feeling a bit Lost: How to Find Your Way back to Joy?

    On Wednesday, October 03 rd, 2012

    ‘You look a bit lost, girl.” I sink down beside her on the kitchen floor and I know sinking. The cork floor’s cool. “You feeling lost, Shalom?” She’s got her arms wrapped around her knees, pulling everything right under her chin, those curls of hers spiralling down everywhere, everywhere spiralling. Shalom, her name means wholeness, delight, ...

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  • One of the Key Secrets about Joy . . . . . {Free Printable}

    On Tuesday, October 02 nd, 2012

      “Choose Joy. The universe works this way: you can choose joy like your weather, like your very own sky.  Like your very own oxygen.”     For the one key secret and a very free printable … and a space to be real and velveteen – Please come join in over here today?   We’re saving a place just for you.         ...

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  • Best Way to Begin October: 31 Days to Crazy Joy {with Farm Video}

    On Monday, October 01 st, 2012

    Welcome! To 31 Days?! I’ve never done a “31 days” before. I’m crazy. Crazy enough to think that everyone who breathes is a wild crusader for holy joy. The woman bent over the stove. The man pulling on work boots. All those who feel invisible and unimportant and alone and discouraged and … wondering — is this as good as it’s ever goi...

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